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  • Untangling Conversations: A Drive Time Essay

    Too often our leaders lead from unexamined fear and frustration. We need to lead from our hopes as embodied in the vision of the Beloved Community.
    By Paula Cole Jones | 2/23/2009
  • Return to Covenant: A Drive Time Essay

    No person is perfect. How do we ask each other to return to covenant when someone makes a mistake?
    By Karen Brammer | 2/15/2009
  • Supportive Relationships Are Not Enough: A Drive Time Essay

    Supporting one another is important, but if that is primarily what you do, then your congregation will decline. For a congregation to be alive, vital, and growing, it must have a sense that it exists to serve as well.
  • Making the Leap with Fear and Trepidation: A Drive Time Essay on Emotional Systems

    Emotions play a major role in the leadership of congregations, and if we do not take that into consideration as leaders, we will walk into situations that tear at the fabric of communal life and possibly thwart any growth that had been planned.
    By Richard Speck | 2/15/2009
  • Small Power: A Drive Time Essay on Worship with Children

    Small congregations are trying to do too much. They are struggling to put together a quality meaningful worship service and a Children’s Faith Development Program every Sunday. Let’s try something different.
    By Connie Goodbread | 2/15/2009
  • Never Say It Can’t Be Done!: A Drive Time Essay on Doing More of What You Do Well

    Don’t try to do everything! Instead, figure out what your congregation does well, and do it, and do more of it!
    By Karen Lewis Foley | 2/15/2009
  • Hospitality is Basic—and Specific!: A Drive Time Essay

    In its 7th year and with about 40 adult members, a small congregation in the South realized it was stuck—its membership hadn’t increased in 3 years. True, a few new folks joined each year, but the new folks only replaced those who had moved or left for other reasons. ...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 2/15/2009
  • The Sizes of the Small Congregation: Group-Centered and Leader-Centered: A Drive Time Essay

    If you’re listening to this CD, chances are you think your congregation is small. But not all small congregations are alike. These differences are not just about numbers. They’re about attitude, and group behaviors, and organizational structure. It helps to know how your...
  • Change in Small Congregations: A Drive Time Essay

    Change is always difficult, yet it happens every day in our lives in small and big ways. It is also is a regular component of congregational life. When a visitor shows up on a Sunday, the dynamics in a congregation have changed, particularly if the newcomer stays. We all need to...
    By Kenneth Brown | 2/15/2009
  • Can a Family Become an Institution?: A Drive Time Essay

    Before we decide whether we want to be an institution, it might be helpful if we thought about what an institution is, and what it is not. ...
    By Gordon B McKeeman | 2/15/2009
  • Creating a Multigenerational Culture: A Drive Time Essay

    Families with children no longer feel a sense of obligation to attend church. Participation in a religious community is often considered one option among many competing interests. How do you go about creating a multigenerational culture in your congregation?
    By Michelle Richards | 2/15/2009
  • Practicing an Outward Orientation: A Drive Time Essay

    We need to think beyond increasing the membership rolls and focus more on developing what the workshop leaders called an “outward orientation.”
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 2/15/2009
  • Community Ministers Connect Congregations & Communities: A Drive Time Essay

    Community ministers benefit by having a place that supports them spiritually and provides social connections. The congregation gains by its connection with a minister who has insights beyond the congregation's walls.
    By Donald E. Skinner | 6/15/2006
  • Seven Tools that Welcome New Folks: A Drive Time Essay

    membership coordinator, and she focused much of her energy on integrating new and not-so-new members.
    By Donald E. Skinner | 6/15/2006
  • Websites, Our New Front Door: A Drive Time Essay

    Most visitors have already visited your website! How do you make sure it gives a good first impression>
    By Donald E. Skinner | 2/15/2006
  • Dealing with Difficult People: A Drive Time Essay

    Is your congregation being held hostage? Is there a troublesome personality who tries to get his or her own way by withholding money, by loud assertive behavior, or by misusing Joys and Concerns?
    By Donald E. Skinner | 6/23/2005
  • Attracting Young Adults: A Drive Time Essay

    Young adults, just like older adults, want worship that speaks to their experiences in life, that challenges them to develop deeper relationships, and that connects them to things that are beyond themselves.
    By Michael Tino | 6/23/2005
  • We All Come to Make a Community: A Drive Time Essay on Attracting Youth

    How all ages can come together to make a rich and vibrant spiritual community.
    By Jesse Jaeger | 6/23/2005
  • Why Add a Worship Service?: A Drive Time Essay

    When overcrowding is driving the move to add a service, congregations need to ask another question: Is adding a service a temporary step on the path to another solution, or is it the solution?
    By Margaret L. Beard | 6/23/2005
  • The World Needs Us: A Drive Time Essay

    At our best, Unitarian Universalism has been a beacon of freedom, justice and wholeness; at our best, we create religious communities that make a crucial difference in the lives of many people. ...
    By Rosemary Bray McNatt | 6/23/2005
  • The Value of Covenant Groups: A Drive Time Essay

    Help your members and friends build personal connections in an atmosphere of mutual trust.
  • Why Do We Need A Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity?: A Drive Time Essay

    Does your congregation have a vision of being more diverse racially and ethnically or of being more effective in a multicultural world? f so, members of your congregation will benefit from a deeper examination of how race has shaped their lives and the society in which they live.
    By Paula Cole Jones | 6/23/2005
  • Repel Fewer Newcomers: A Drive Time Essay

    A couple of years ago I started wondering about how many visitors come to our churches. I found out that nobody knows. Even that, I find fascinating. Here we are, a movement that is made up of over 80 percent of people who were not born Unitarian Universalists. Converting...
    By Peter Morales | 6/23/2005
  • The Value of Personal Spiritual Practice: A Drive Time Essay

    How a spritiual practice sustained Denny Davidoff, former UUA moderator and all-around leader.
    By Denise T. Davidoff | 6/23/2005
  • The Small Church of the Future: A Drive Time Essay

    How might the small church need to change to meet future needs of tomorrow's members?
  • The Real Business of Sunday Mornings: A Drive Time Essay

    If we are not so busy doing church business on Sunday mornings, we will be more welcoming to our visitors and attentive to the fact that they are guests.
    By Dori Davenport Thexton | 6/15/2005
  • Church Office Basics

    An efficient office requires creative management and close adherence to deadlines. It also requires close cooperation between staffs and volunteers.
  • Stand Up to Problem People: A Drive Time Essay

    As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we pride ourselves on being inclusive and forgiving. We celebrate diversity and welcome all individuals. But occasionally a person comes to our church door who is bent on causing physical or emotional damage. What do we do then? ...
  • Accessibility: A Way to Live Out Our Values: A Drive Time Essay

    At First Unitarian Universalist Church, of Rochester, MN, people who used wheelchairs had to be pushed up a steep hill to get into the sanctuary. And when they reached the sanctuary, they still couldn’t get from there to other parts of the building without help. ...

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