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  • Best Annual Budget Drive Ever: Part One - Vision, Planning, and Organizing

    Participants will be invited to reflect on their recent campaigns and learn how to generate new ideas, new themes, and attract new people. Consider what have we not done for a while, what stewardship message does our congregation need this year, what would we do with more money...
    By Patricia Infante, Central East Region of the UUA | 1/16/2018
  • Creating a Purpose-Based Budget

    We often claim that budgets are moral documents, and that congregational budgets should reflect our values. But line item budgets that include "office supplies, utilities, salary" and other such descriptions don't show how these line items serve the mission of the congregation....
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 1/5/2018
  • Let's Talk About UUs, Money, Power and Secrecy

    What could possibly go wrong? A look at UUs and Stewardship presented by Bill Clontz of Stewardship for Us. Dawning Future, November 2015
    By William Clontz | 12/17/2017
  • The Difficulty of Being Just: Including Those with Disabilities in Congregational Life

    Being in right relationship with people who have disabilities is more than etiquette. It requires that we treat others fairly; that we ensure that everyone has the same opportunities, resources, and rewards. This workshop will examine attitudes and practices toward people with...
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • Compassion First! Finding the Jackals Without and Within

    Do you find yourself discouraged by all the complaining in your congregation, including your own criticisms? Do certain individuals and issues keep howling louder and louder for attention, drowning out hope for the healthy congregations and relationships? Come join each other as...
    By LoraKim Joyner | 12/17/2017
  • Happiness as a Spiritual Practice

    Are we having fun yet? Surprisingly, many UU congregations aren't. The stress of church work, interpersonal conflict, and lack of resources, to name a few, result in congregational members worrying more and enjoying less. Based on the Shawn Achor book, The Happiness Advantage,...
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • Seeing Through New Eyes: Creating an Anonymous Visitors Program

    Marcel Proust wrote, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." In order for congregations to truly see how friendly and hospitable they are, it is helpful to learn from others. This session will provide the nuts and bolts for...
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • Pleased to Meet You - Training Greeters

    Greeting visitors and members at the doors of our congregations is more than saying hello and collecting information. This session will explore the art of greeting and will offer a blueprint for setting up your own greeter training program and monitoring its effectiveness. 2013
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • The Price of Renewal

    Why Dying and Rebirth are Essential Components of Growth Congregations that aspire to be vital, strong and growing follow a constant cycle of birth, aging, death, renewal and rebirth. This session will look at several theories around the life cycles of congregations and will...
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • When in Doubt Retreat

    Fun and Effective Team Building Activities for Your Board, Committees, and Congregation Synergy is what happens when a group of people accomplish something that one or two or a few alone could not. Where there is teamwork, there is synergy. This session will describe several...
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • Money, Spirit, and Life: The Wi$dom Path

    How can our relationships with earning, spending, investing, and giving be spiritually healthy and grounded in our deepest values? How would our congregations and communities benefit from spiritually healthy money conversations? This experiential workshop introduces interactive...
    By Patricia Infante, Wayne B. Clark, David H. Messner | 12/17/2017
  • Restoring Relationships in Congregations

    In marriage we have vows and in congregations we have behavioral covenants. Without intention and agreements on how to process disagreements and conflicts, vows and covenants can end up meaningless, or even harmful. In other words, we need to agree on how to fight, for fight we...
    By LoraKim Joyner | 12/17/2017
  • Retirement Planning for Ministers

    Webinar presented by Rev. Richard Gilbert, president of UU Retired Ministers and Partners. 2015
    By Richard S. Gilbert | 12/17/2017
  • On Being a Non Anxious Leader: Emotional Intelligence

    The challenges that Membership Professionals face require that one react both with their head and with their heart. Emotional Intelligence is where the head and heart intersect and is an important tool in understanding your own emotions and the emotions of others, in being...
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • Membership Myopia

    The most common symptom of this dreaded “disease” is focusing on only one aspect of the membership experience, i.e., visitors and newcomers. But there is a whole lifecycle of the membership experience that calls for creative and effective engagement by the membership committee....
    By William Clontz | 12/17/2017
  • How Do I Grow Thee

    Five Ways of Growing Your Congregation. Mark Bernstein discusses five ways of growing strong, vital and lasting Unitarian Universalist congregations. 2012
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • Cool Things Crowdfunding Can Teach Us About Church

    Rev. Sue Phillips Dawning Future, November 2015
    By Sue Phillips | 12/17/2017
  • Hope, Anger and Empty Chairs: A Black Lives Matter Conversation

    Presentation by Kenny Wiley & Rev. Barbara Gadon Dawning Future, November 2015
    By Kenny Wiley, Barbara Gadon | 12/17/2017
  • Lay Seminary in Your Pocket

    Rev. Renee Ruchotzke talks about UU Leadership Institute and where the idea for that came from. Dawning Future November 2015
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 12/17/2017
  • Authentic Connections in a Virtual World

    Rev. Meg Riley, senior minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship From Dawning Future, November 2015
    By Meg Riley | 12/17/2017


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