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  • 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
  • Preparing for the Pandemic Before It Comes to Your Congregation

    Clergy are learning from local disaster response experts and are sharing what they are learning. Clear guidance is emerging on how to prepare for the pandemic when it hits your community.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/26/2020
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sample Questions for Potential Lay Pastoral Caregivers and Their References

    Questions that help you select good laypeople to be part of your congregation's pastoral care network.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 3/18/2020
  • 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
  • Congregations "Buddy up" for Online Worship

    Rev. Darcey Laine’ serves two of our small congregations. Because of her idea, congregations across upstate New York and northern Pennsylvannia have started “buddying up.”
    By Darcey Elizabeth Hegvik Laine | 3/17/2020
  • How to Quickly Build a Lay Pastoral Care Network

    The emotional, spiritual, and health needs during a time of pandemic are great, and no one congregational leader can handle it all! Here are some tips for expanding and strengthening your pastoral care network.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 3/17/2020
    Filed in: LeaderLab
  • A Guide to Pastoral Care and Connection in a Time of Physical Distancing

    Physical isolation doesn't have to mean social isolation. Here are a collection of resources to help your members and friends feel connected and cared for.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/17/2020

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