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  • Using UUA Publications for Online Religious Education and Small Group Ministry

    Do you have publications or other materials from the UUA or Skinner House books that you want to use for online faith development such as religious education or small group ministry? Here are some guidelines:
    By Mary Benard | 3/20/2020
  • Dear Parents: It Will Be Enough

    Hey parents who now have kids underfoot, I want to say something that might be shocking. I want to give you permission to NOT DO ANYTHING ACADEMIC with your kids. I want you to know that whatever you need to do to get through this slow moving crisis, it will be enough.
    By Cecilia Kingman | 3/19/2020
  • A Guide to Faith Development in a Time of Physical Distancing

    At a time of physical distancing when in-person ministry and religious education are on hold, UU leaders have new challenges and new opportunities to bring transformative faith development experiences and vital, supportive connection to families large and small. Explore...
    3/18/2020
  • Faith Development is All We Do

    Everything we do is Faith Formation - Everything we teach is Unitarian Universalism - The Congregation is the Curriculum
    By Connie Goodbread | 2/20/2019
  • Moving Towards Family Ministry Webinar

    A conversation among religious educators about what congregations are trying and what's working.
    By Patricia Infante | 11/9/2018
  • Leadership by Learning (Not Expertise)

    Leaders understand that it’s not just about skills, but it’s about being able to learn (often together) what’s necessary in congregational life; they understand the difference between technical and adaptive challenges, and find themselves at ease in the discomfort of adaptive...
    By Ian Evison, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Spiritually Grounded Leadership

    Leaders understand what they believe or don’t believe and are aware of their need for connection to something larger than themselves; they are aware that they need to connect with a deeper core that gives them balance, intuition, and commitment.
    By Phillip Lund, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Dawning Future Connection, Depth, Efficiency: Being a Themed Congregation

    Thematic Ministry Presentation From Dawning Future, 2015 Presented by the staff team of the Washington Ethical Society - Rev. Amanda Poppie, Robyn Kravtiz, Melissa Sinclair and Bailey Whiteman
    By Washington Ethical Society, Washington, DC | 12/15/2017
  • Beyond the Potluck: Offering Programming that Sticks to Your Ribs

    Theme-based ministry is happening in more and more congregations throughout the Unitarian Universalist movement. Theme based ministry, sometimes called theme based church, helps create multigenerational connections, as people of all ages explore common themes in age-appropriate...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 12/15/2017
  • Theme Based Church

    This workshop was presented at Cedar Lane Church in September 2014 and focuses on what is Theme Based Church, how it is different from Theme Based Worship and how you can move your congregation to Theme Based Church as well.
    By Scott Tayler | 12/15/2017
  • The Worship Backpack Defying Gravity 2013 Keynote Address

    The Worship Backpack - This video is a recording of a workshop presented at the Leadership Day for the Metro NY District, 2013. The theme of the day was: Wonderful Ways to Worship: Leading Your Congregation from the Edge of Awe.
    By Christine C. Robinson | 12/15/2017
  • UU Identity in the Classroom

    We'll look at ways that your classroom practices, curriculum choices and worship can affirm UU Identity in children and youth. We'll tap into the power of Tapestry of Faith as a tool for building and growing a sense of connection with our Unitarian Universalist history,...
    By Patricia Infante | 12/15/2017
  • Creating a Safe Religious Education Program

    We'll revisit this important topic with the latest information and resources for insuring the physical, emotional and sexual safety of our children, youth, and adults. A process for creating a safe congregation policy will be touched on, including new language to address...
    By Patricia Infante, Beth Casebolt | 12/15/2017
  • Spiritual Strength for Bold Living

    This workshop will introduce the characteristics of a “spiritually strong” congregation. We will explore how faith development for all ages is a key factor in bold living, and we’ll consider the value of healthy leadership and a strong mission in living out a bold vision. 2015
    By Patricia Infante | 12/15/2017
  • RE Volunteer Recruitment and Enrichment

    Finding the right volunteer for the job and providing ongoing training so that they feel competent and confident is an important piece of the recruitment puzzle. We'll look at some strategies and tips for recruiting and equipping a 21st century volunteer. (2014)
    By Patricia Infante | 12/14/2017
  • Spiritual Practices Create Spiritual Homes

    How often do you introduce spiritual practice when your youth gather? If you are a religious educator or volunteer, make every effort to ensure that each gathering of your young ones taps into the spirit. That by the time these limitless spirits bridge from your program, they...
    By Eric Bliss | 9/18/2017
    Filed in: Youth Ministry
  • Just a Few Kids: Creative Strategies for Congregational Engagement

    How do you create a meaningful congregational experience when you've got a small number of kids in your congregation, few of whom are the same age?
    By Sarah Movius Schurr, Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 2/25/2017
  • Art Doesn’t Happen by Committee – Part 2

    I had just finished leading a worship service as a guest preacher. This congregation had been experiencing a gentle decline in membership over the past decade. Several congregants came up to me afterward and exclaimed, "It was wonderful how the music, the readings and the...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 7/7/2014
  • Learning as a UU Virtue

    ...self-culture is possible, not only because we can enter into and search ourselves. We have a still nobler power, that of acting on, determining and forming ourselves. This is a fearful as well as glorious endowment, for it is the ground of human responsibility. We have the...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/5/2013
  • Feeding a Spiritual Hunger

    If you’ve ever been to a Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, or a District Assembly, or read many of our blogs and Facebook pages, you know we are very focused on the idea of growth. We love our faith, and we want others to love it with us! We get a little stymied in the “...
    By Tera Little | 10/12/2012
  • Leadership "Cairns" for Next Generation

    I spent several days hiking in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia for my vacation. (It was a good opportunity to get away from the technology that is my constant companion during the rest of the year, since there are few cell phone towers in those mountains.) Many...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 7/6/2012
  • Shadows and Light

    One of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs (YouTube) begins: Every picture has its shadows And it has some source of light Blindness, blindness and sight… When I talk about leadership qualities, I find that many of the qualities can be either strengths or weaknesses—or somewhere on...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 6/21/2012

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