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  • Parenting with Heartbreak

    UU religious educator Rayla Mattson, a black mother of three, turns her UU faith and full heart toward her children, how to raise them and to be with them in pandemic, societal trauma around race, and, perhaps, hope.
    By Rayla D. Mattson | 6/22/2020
  • Congregational Staffing and Finances for July and Beyond: An Overview

    This page provides highlights from - and contains links to - a comprehensive memo that provides recommendations for staffing and finances during longer-term virtual operations due to the pandemic.
    By Jan Gartner, Richard Nugent | 6/10/2020
  • Afrocentric in Two Pandemics: Covid and Racism

    In April of this year, in Washington DC, my Aunt Mae learns that she has to fight an aggressive cancer that is overtaking her blood system. She is shipped to a low-standard hospital, rather than to the better hospital closer to her home. Her daughters, all essential health care...
    By Janice Marie Johnson | 6/8/2020
  • Valuing Your Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Retaining your staff and supporting them well during the pandemic will help you expand your capacity for ministry and offer self-care and relief for staff. In addition, it is a way of demonstrating our UU faith, grounded in relationship and interdependence.
    By Jan Gartner | 6/5/2020
  • Running Congregational Meetings Online Using Zoom: A Sample Procedure Manual

    But what if you’re called on to stage a full congregational meeting, with formal debate on motions followed by auditable voting? Here's a robust sample procedure manual!
    5/19/2020
  • What Do We Do Now? A Faith Formation Response to Death During a Global Pandemic

    When his brother died of COVID-19, Mark Hicks helped to plan a meaningful memorial for his family. This is his story.
    By Mark Hicks | 5/19/2020
  • Lay Spiritual Care Training

    Companioning one another spiritually is one of the most important ministries of a faith community. This two-part training has been created for non-ordained congregational leaders.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Credentialing and Professional Development Office | 5/16/2020
  • Structuring Meaningful Online Small Groups

    Moving meaningful small group interactions such as covenant groups or chalice circles, to an online format will require intentionality. Here are some practices to get you started.
    By Phillip Lund | 5/15/2020
  • Expand Your Choices for Worship Music with the AUUMM Database

    Looking for new music for your worship service that you can also use online? Check out this resource!
    By Association for UU Music Ministries (AUUMM) | 4/22/2020
  • Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis

    Explore both practices of how to care for one another in times of crisis and challenge, but also how the care itself must change because of these times. For Religious Professionals, Lay-Leaders, and Congregation Members who are involved in the congregation’s ministries of caring.
    By David Pyle, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/20/2020
  • Abundance vs Scarcity: Why We Should Fully Fund the APF

    Anxiety makes us fearful and fear brings on a sense of scarcity. How do we cope with the thorny aspects of stewardship in high anxiety times? We look for the abundance. And it is there.
    By Rachel Maxwell, Stewardship for Us | 4/15/2020
  • Parenting Children and Youth With Special Needs

    I’ve been talking with some of you who are parenting children and teens with special needs at home during this pandemic. I’m hearing that the standard parenting advice out there doesn’t feel relevant and even feels shaming and harmful.
    By Sarah Lammert | 4/14/2020
  • Self-Care and Staff Care: Support for Supervisors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    In these pandemic days, it is critical to attend to your own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. When you are a supervisor, it's important to be attentive to the needs of those who report to you, as well.
    By Jan Gartner | 4/13/2020
  • Creating Family Covenants

    Stuck at home together, every family member’s behavior affects others some exponential degree more than usual. Families may wish to try making a covenant together.
    By Jason Seymour | 4/13/2020
  • Stewardship During Virtual Sundays

    Find out opportunities for asking for pledges and contributions on Sunday mornings (or whenever people are accessing your virtual worship!).
    By Mark V. Ewert, Stewardship for Us | 4/11/2020
  • Virtual Gatherings for Small Congregations

    The basics of Zoom and the contents of the "Guide to Streaming Sunday Services, Meetings, and Classes" webpage at uua.org.
    By Phillip Lund, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/9/2020
  • How To Do Small Group Online Gatherings

    Small groups of all kinds can meet online. Covenant groups, a variety of new congregational online groups – art groups, game groups, story groups. Watch to explore how your community can stay connected.
    By Phillip Lund, Sharon Dittmar, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/9/2020
  • Digital Giving

    While our congregations are not meeting in person, many of us are wondering how to continue to collect funds. One way is digital giving, whether that is through text or app. We explore four possible sources for digital giving currently used by UU congregations.
    By Sharon Dittmar, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/9/2020
  • Host A Virtual Game Night

    Just because we're social distancing doesn't mean we can't have fun! This webinar gives you all the information you need to host a Virtual Game Night for your congregation. Topics include: using Zoom video conferencing features like polling and break out rooms and the best games...
    By Phillip Lund, Sharon Dittmar, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/9/2020
  • Human Resources: Staffing Matters During COVID-19

    Jan Gartner, UUA Compensation and Staffing Practices Manager presents. Whether you have staff who supervise staff, or are a small congregation where members must fill this role, come to learn basics of positive human resource practice. We will discuss job descriptions, hiring,...
    By Jan Gartner, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/9/2020
  • Panel Discussion from a West Coast Epicenter of COVID-19

    How do you prepare for a Pandemic? Leaders from the West Coast Epicenter Share their Experiences and Wisdom.
    By Pacific Western Region of the UUA | 4/9/2020
  • Tips for Designing Worship Elements for Online Memorial Services

    When designing an online memorial service there are some worshipful elements that can enhance the experience.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/8/2020
  • Working with the Primary Mourners to Plan an Online Memorial Service

    In order to create a memorial service that is meaningful, you will want to spend "slow time" with those who were closest to the deceased. Your gift of listening is an important part of spiritual care for the bereaved.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/8/2020
  • Taking Stock: How are Pledge Drives and Fulfillment Going?

    July 1, 2020 marks the beginning of the fiscal year 2021 for many congregations, and the half-way point of FY 2020 for others. Either way, it is a benchmark point in pledge fulfillment. How well are we doing?
    By Liz Coit, Stewardship for Us | 4/6/2020
  • Technical Tips for Conducting Online Memorials

    Guidance for holding online memorial services to remember and celebrate the dead during a time of mandated physical distancing.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 4/3/2020
  • Planning In-Person Memorial Services When Restrictions are Lifted

    When restrictions on gathering are lifted, many congregations will have several memorial services they will need to schedule and hold. This page offers tips for planning services smoothly, so that the focus can be on pastoral care and grief support.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 4/3/2020
  • Memorials and Funerals in Times of Physical Distancing

    When authorities limit in-person gatherings to 25 or 10 or even fewer people, it necessarily affects our capacity to hold funerals and memorial services. This page offers ideas and resources for developing online or limited attendance alternatives.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 4/3/2020
  • A Guide to Planning Online Memorial Services During a Pandemic

    A Funeral or Memorial Service is a rite of passage when people gather together to mourn and memorialize the person who has died. During a pandemic, when physical presence is not possible, we can still do our best to create time and space to gather in virtual space until such...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/3/2020
  • Keep the Trolls Out! Avoid Zoom Bombing

    You are streaming a worship service when suddenly random people flood in and cause chaos. They talk, yell, cuss, try to broadcast pornography, have explicit profile pictures, etc. What do you do?
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 4/2/2020
  • Parenting During a Pandemic

    What do you and your family need during a time of pandemic? What challenges do you face to hold your family in spiritual, physical, social, and material health? Unitarian Universalist values, practices, and virtual connections can support families in new ways at this time....
    4/2/2020
  • What to Expect: Report from the West Coast Pandemic Epicenter

    Our purpose as a religious community has become more clear as it’s simplified. As one of our ministers instructs her staff, board, and key volunteers, “If it’s not about caring or community, let it go”.
    By Tandi Rogers | 4/1/2020
    Filed in: LeaderLab
  • Electronic Giving

    Offering many ways to give is imperative during times of physical distancing.
    By Stewardship for Us, Rachel Maxwell | 3/31/2020
  • Technical Guidance on Virtual Voting for Online Congregational Meetings

    Ideas for how you can make sure every vote is counted at your congregation's virtual meetings.
    By Larry Stritof, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong | 3/30/2020
  • Is it Legal to Hold Congregational Meetings Online?

    When your congregation can't gather in person to meet (due to crisis, pandemic, or disaster), can you make binding decisions while meeting online?
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/30/2020
  • Creating Grief Kits for Times of Physical Distancing.

    In a time of physical distancing, how might we respond to deaths that cannot yet be marked by gathering in person? You may want to create Grief Kits that can be delivered to the backdoors or porches of congregants.
    By Leah Ongiri | 3/30/2020
  • Spiral Spiritual Practice in the Time of Corona

    What spiritual practices are available to help us grow our resilience and point us towards collective liberation? Learn about the four-point Spiral from the Work That Reconnects (WTR).
    By Karen G. Johnston | 3/27/2020
  • 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
  • Federal Policies and Actions Related to COVID-19

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has issued a number of policies and actions that impact employees. We are providing summary information, with links to additional resources. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
    By Richard Nugent, Jan Gartner | 3/26/2020
  • Worship Resources for the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Sometimes circumstances call for special material—and the current pandemic is one such circumstance. We're grateful to the people here who have written and shared worship resources for worship in the time of Covid-19. ...
    3/26/2020
  • Pandemic Resilience: a spiritual guide

    three components for trauma resilience: agency (knowledge of what you have control over, what you don’t, and the ability to make your own choices), purpose (awareness that you are part of something bigger, that you have a role to play) and self-reliance (the belief you can...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 3/21/2020
    Filed in: Youth Ministry
  • Researching Copyright for Live Streaming

    Understanding copyright law is not a normal part of church leadership! Here are some tips to help you navigate what music you can use and how to secure permissions.
    3/20/2020
  • 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
  • Making Time for Community Connection

    Our people need to connect with one another. How might we use technology to make that happen during times of social distancing?
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/19/2020
  • 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
  • Tips for Talking with Children About the Pandemic

    Michelle Richards provides helpful tips for talking with children about the pandemic including how much to say, what to watch for and ways to reassure them
    By Michelle Richards | 3/19/2020
  • 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
  • Congregations as Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    How can your congregation be a good employer during the COVID-19 pandemic? Caring for staff is an opportunity to model your values and spirit for the congregation, to demonstrate the kindness, creativity, and interdependence that these days ask of us.
    By Jan Gartner | 3/19/2020
  • Stewardship in a Time of Pandemic

    Many congregational leaders have expressed anxiety about fundraising at this time. Here are some frames and resources to help you adjust your stewardship campaign and giving opportunities.
    By Lauren Smith | 3/18/2020
  • 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
  • Enriching Online Worship

    Dr. Marcia McFee and Rev. Erika Hewitt discuss how to bring the fullness of our congregational relationships alive in online worship services.
    By Erika A. Hewitt | 3/18/2020
    Filed in: LeaderLab

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