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  • What your religious professionals need right now

    If there was ever a time that you needed to trust that your religious leaders were making the best choices they could make, that time is now.
    By CB Beal | 7/10/2020
  • Money as Medicine: Rooting, Inspiring, Readying Congregational Stewardship

    What if you invested only in things that made a better world? What are the risks if you don’t do that? What if we could liberate money to be used as a tool for love?
    By Stewardship for Us | 7/7/2020
  • Budgeting in Uncertain Times

    Budgeting for the new year is very much on everyone’s mind. There is no telling how the pandemic will affect pledge drives underway, nor fulfillment of current year pledges. Congregations also fear the loss or reduction of other income from rentals, fundraisers, plate...
    By Barry Finklestein, Stewardship for Us | 3/27/2020
  • Don't Let Scammers Take Advantage During Anxious Times

    Scammers like to strike when people are anxious. Be sure to take a breath, then remind yourself, YOUR MINISTER WILL NEVER ASK YOU TO BUY GIFT CARDS!
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/19/2020
  • Resources for Talking with Children about COVID-19

    Talking with kids about the coronavirus can be hard. Here are some resources
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/13/2020
  • Learnings about Worship Online

    Church of the Larger Fellowship past and present Learning Fellows share their top learnings about worship, connecting and doing church online.
    By Church of the Larger Fellowship, Boston, MA | 3/13/2020
  • Creating Community Online

    Community, including intimate, deep, and spiritually supportive versions thereof, can be created and sustained in online spaces, including covenant groups, ritual, pastoral care, and community interactions.
    By Jordinn Nelson Long | 3/12/2020
  • Guidelines for Using UUA-Copyrighted Materials in Online Worship

    Learn what UUA publications you can use when streaming or posting recordings of your worship service.
    By UUA Communications: Publications | 3/11/2020
  • Streaming with Zoom

    Zoom is an affordable paid service that has both streaming and meeting capbilities. It is used by the UUA, affiliates and many member congregations.
    3/11/2020
  • Accessibilty Considerations for Streaming Services and Online Meetings

    Online meetings and streaming worship don't work well for everyone. Here are some tips and tools to make your online programs more accessible.
    3/11/2020
  • Holding Online Meetings - Human Considerations

    Because hospitality is important to human relationships, learning how to host in online spaces is essential. People come with different levels of experience and comfort. Here are some tips to help host an online space that can help host an online space that can help build...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/10/2020
  • Worship Planning for Online Services

    During an emergency, such as inclement weather or a pandemic, you may need cancel in-person services altogether. In this case you may consider an all-online worship service.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/10/2020
  • Resources for Congregations as Employers

    A collection of recordings, workshop materials and other helpful resources that can help your congregation be a good employer!
    By Jan Gartner | 3/6/2020
  • Salary Recommendations for Congregational Staff

    Salary Recommendations should guide, but not limit, congregational compensation decisions. Retain excellent staff while aligning with your mission and values as a UU Congregation.
    By Jan Gartner | 2/28/2020
  • Performance Evaluations: Tips, Traps and Trends

    Employees in meaningful roles want to do their best, and the best gift a supervisor can give is honest and helpful feedback. Provide opportunities for regular supervision that is supportive and useful to staff members, their supervisors, and your congregation’s leadership.
    By Jan Gartner | 2/25/2020
  • Congregational Staff Teams

    The health and vitality of the congregation depends on the health and vitality of its minister(s), religious educator(s), music professional(s), administrative professional(s), membership professional(s) and other staff.
    By Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA), Liberal Religious Educators' Association, Association for UU Music Ministries (AUUMM) | 2/25/2020
  • Staffing for Diversity

    Wherever you may be in your process of hiring and supporting staff at this moment, exploring your vision and values is an important starting place for thinking about diversity.
    By Jan Gartner | 2/17/2020
  • Reference Checks for Staff (Other Than Ministers)

    Use the following reference check guidelines when hiring professional religious leaders and staff, and when recruiting volunteers whose work will put them in close contact with children and persons in vulnerable circumstances.
    2/13/2020
  • Background Checks

    Use the following guidelines when calling ministers, hiring professional religious leaders and staff, and recruiting volunteers whose work will put them in close contact with children and persons in vulnerable circumstances.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 2/13/2020
  • UUA Sponsored Insurance & Retirement Plans

    The UUA wants to help our congregations live into their values by offering benefit plans that protect their employees, including health plans that reflect UU values
    By UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances | 2/13/2020
  • UUA Compensation Standards

    Compensation Standards include legal requirements related to pay and benefits administration. Complying with laws related to compensation is foundational to right relationship between employer and employee.
    By Jan Gartner, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances | 2/10/2020
  • Completing W-2 Forms

    Guidance and resources for completing W-2 forms for both ministers and other congregational staff.
    By Jan Gartner | 12/6/2019
  • Salary and Payroll Resources

    Be confident in your pay practices! Our guidelines and resources will help you establish appropriate salaries and benefits, understand wage and hour law, manage ministerial payroll, and more.
    By Jan Gartner, Richard Nugent | 12/5/2019
  • Exempt or Non-Exempt?

    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that protects employees by establishing standards for a minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, and youth employment. Every employee needs to be properly classified as exempt or nonexempt. Make sure you are in compliance!
    By Jan Gartner | 12/5/2019
  • Ministerial Compensation 101

    Is the minister an employer or independent contractor? Who is considered a minister?
    By Richard Nugent, Jan Gartner | 12/5/2019
  • Housing Allowance for Ministers

    The Ministerial Housing Allowance enables ministers to exclude some of their salary from certain taxes. For most active and retired ministers, it is their most important tax benefit.
    By Richard Nugent, Jan Gartner | 12/5/2019
  • UUA Compensation Consultants

    We know that learning about staff compensation can be confusing. UUA Compensation Consultants are here to help! Compensation Consultants are trained volunteers who work under the direction of the Office of Church Staff Finances.
    By Jan Gartner | 12/5/2019
  • Inquire: Develop Feedback Loops for Leaders

    All systems need feedback loops and organizations like congregations are no different. Your Leadership Development program will be more responsive if you develop assessments and other tools to help you learn and adjust as needed.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 12/5/2019
  • Core Leadership Trainings

    Effective Leadership Development teams focus on recruiting and relationship building. By using our suite of four leadership development trainings, you can spend less time on content and more on connection. All of our courses have discussion questions that you can use for in-...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 12/4/2019
  • Copyright Policy

    Congregations need to follow copyright laws and ensure their leaders and staff are aware of these laws.
    12/2/2019
  • Fiduciary Policies

    The board, as "trustees," have specific responsibilities to the congregation that should be articulated in fiduciary policies. Along with the governance policies that guide the board's work , the board also needs to set policies around safety, finance, capital assets, and...
    11/25/2019
  • Governance Policies

    Governance policies augment the bylaws by giving more detail and guidance. Policies defining board member roles and conduct, meetings for both the board and congregation.
    11/25/2019
  • Board Committees

    Boards, especially in congregations with 100 or more members, find that delegating part of their fiduciary work to committees and/or task forces helps to free them up for big-picture and visionary discussions. The board reserves decision-making authority.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 11/24/2019
  • Starting a RACI Conversation

    RACI charts are helpful to be clear about shared process, especially the part about which body gets to have “final” say.
    By Jonipher Kūpono Kwong | 11/18/2019
  • Further Accessibility: Closed Captioning of Services via WiFi

    The technology in our pockets now makes it possible to provide live translation of speech to text at church.
    By Bob Renjilian | 11/6/2019
  • Denominational Affairs Committee

    The denominational affairs committee provides a liaison between the congregation and both the Unitarian Universalist Association and the region.
    10/17/2019
  • Congregational Membership in the Unitarian Universalist Association

    A list of the documents and procedures you need to apply to be a member congregation of the UUA.
    By Heather Bond | 10/17/2019
  • Process Observation

    Healthy groups provide feedback loops so they can learn and grow as a group. One practice is to designate a "process observer" who takes notes on group process.
    By DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries) | 10/6/2019
  • Radical Hospitality Theology

    I believe that the theological basis for hospitality – radical hospitality –is the concept of the Creative Interchange as expressed by process theologian Henry Nelson Wieman. In Wieman’s theological model, the source of human good is what he calls the Creative Interchange. You...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 9/29/2019
  • Whose Work Is It? Thoughts on Non-Violent Communication, Dominant Culture, and Power Dynamics

    Any tool, including NonViolent Communication, can be dangerous if it is used as a weapon, so let’s use the best tool for the job – and let’s use it in a way that doesn’t hurt anyone, including ourselves.
    By Lisa Bovee-Kemper | 9/25/2019
  • Sparking Creativity: Creating Abundance

    Every congregation I go to has a list of things they have to do or want to do that they just can’t do because they don’t have the resources – money, volunteers, energy, space, whatever it is. Maybe it’s time to change your framing so that you can create abundance.
    By Megan Foley | 9/11/2019
  • Sparking Creativity: Yes We Can If...

    When thinking about needed or wanted change, congregations can sometimes feel stymied. And, let’s face it, human systems like religious communities don’t tend to like to change. In a way, we need to trick the system in order to allow in energy and creativity.
    By Megan Foley | 9/11/2019
  • Communicating Changes to Bylaws

    Bylaws changes require approval by the congregation in a meeting of the whole. Like any significant change, changes to bylaws should be communicated as clearly as possible with lots of opportunity for questions and comments.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 9/11/2019
  • Employee or Independent Contractor?

    Each individual you compensate is either an employee or an independent contractor. This is a critical legal distinction, with implications for benefits, taxes, and more.
    By Jan Gartner | 8/13/2019
  • Social Media Policy

    A congregation's web presence is often its first chance to make a good impression. Design policies that balance accountability with creativity and engagement.
    8/13/2019
  • Showing Films in Congregations

    Planning to Show a Film? You are legally and ethically required to follow public performance laws.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 8/13/2019
  • Sharing Photos or Video with the UUA

    Your UUA staff loves to use photos from our congregations on the UUA website! Here's how:
    By UUA Information Technology Service Staff Group: Web Team | 8/13/2019
  • Sample Photo and Video Permission Form

    Congregations and other Unitarian Universalist (UU) organizations should adopt a permissions policy for photos and video. Here is a sample.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 8/13/2019
  • Photo and Video Permissions Policy

    Even with the wide sharing of photos and video on social social media, congregations still need policies that enable them to follow copyright law, protect the vulnerable and follow the core value of consent.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 8/13/2019
  • Website Policies

    In most cases, a communications vehicle that represents a congregation should be owned and operated by the congregation as a whole, and be used to further the mission and values of the congregation. Along those lines, here are some specific areas that might be helpful for...
    8/13/2019

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