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Contextual Sensibility
Contextual Sensibility for Leadership Development

Contextual Sensibility—one of the recommended leadership development competencies—include:

  • Understanding what is happening in the world around us.
  • Understanding how changes in society and demographics impacting our congregations, e.g. in today’s world each congregation has to make a case for itself to a skeptical public.
  • Developing strategies on how their congregation should we use the Internet, social media and other new technologies.

Core Values

We understand that "revelation" is open and continuous, i.e. that we need to be paying attention and be responsive to the world around us.


  • Create a learning community among your leaders to stay informed about cultural changes and discuss how the congregation may respond.
  • Include youth and young adults in leadership. 
  • Subscribe to news feeds or blogs that discuss the changing religious landscape.



Web Articles

On-Demand Webinars


  • Congregational Life Survey Data U.S. Congregations is a religious research group staffed by religious researchers and sociologists who are conducting the U.S. Congregational Life Survey.
  • Lifelong Faith: Faith Formation 2020


About the Authors

  • Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) has served as a Congregational Life Consultant in the Central East Region since September of 2010. She serves congregation in Northeast Ohio and Western New York. She is part of the LeaderLab Design team providing Leadership Development resources and other trainings to congregations.
  • For more information, see the UUA.org page about the Central East Region .

For more information contact conglife@uua.org.

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