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Leadership Schools for Unitarian Universalists
Leadership Development

Leadership Schools offer a learning experience that can be transformational. Schools range from whole weeks to long weekends to online versions.  Each school has its own culture and format, some offered by regions and some offered nationally.

THRIVE:  Leadership School for Youth and Young Adults of Color

  • Thrive leadership schools bring together Unitarian Universalist young people of color (People of African Descent, Caribbean, Native/American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latina/o and Hispanic, Middle Eastern/Arab, and Multiracial) to deepen their faith, nourish their spirits, and build critical skills for leadership.

UU Leadership Institute

  • The Unitarian Universalist (UU) Leadership Institute is a national online leadership school.  Every semester, a variety of 8-session courses (from leadership to marketing to history to theology and more) are offered.  The professional instructors provide the lectures in an online, on-demand format.  The registration fee for each course is modest ($30). For the best experience, you can self-organize local "Communities of Practice" (one Saturday session) with teams from your and neighboring congregations with materials and training provided by the Dean.

Summer Seminary (Youth)

  • Summer Seminary is a program for Unitarian Universalist youth exploring the possibility of becoming a religious professional. Focusing on ordained ministry and credentialed leadership in religious education and music, the program offers youth the opportunity to explore their call to ministry in all its forms, learn about life as a religious professional, and connect with other youth considering ministry, religious education and other religious professional career paths.

Pacific Western Region

  • Goldmine is an intense leadership school for youth focusing on self-reflection and leadership skills. Youth learn concrete leadership skills, learn to lead a worship in a wide variety of youth worship styles, and work to articulate the faith based grounding for their values and leadership. The day includes youth led worship, silent self-reflection time, and small group reflection time in addition to time for hanging out and playing together! The school is taught by pairs of youth and adult co-trainers. Youth co-trainers are former Goldmine students.
  • (The Russell Lockwood Leadership School has been temporarily replaced by the UU Leadership Institute described above.)

Southern Region

  • Two Leadership opportunities, The Dwight Brown Leadership Experience (DBLE) offered in Texas in the summer and the Southern UU Leadership Experience (SUULE) offered in the southeast in the winter, are challenging, exciting, leadership development experiences that will enrich the life of the participants, as well as enhance the sponsoring Unitarian Universalist congregation. DBLE is named after the District Executive who helped launch our first Leadership School.Both schools are designed to teach and reinforce skills and abilities for leaders and leaders-to-be in UU congregations.

MidAmerica Region

  • MidWest Leadership School (MWLS), held concurrently with MidWest Youth Leadership School, develops lay leaders in the UU community. The week-long intense program includes leadership, group and system dynamics, UU history and theology, and elements of worship. The program is designed to provide insights, confidence, and enrichment for each participant’s congregation, work, and personal life. MWLS is sponsored by the MidAmerica Region.

Central East Region

  • Goldmine is an intense leadership school for youth focusing on self-reflection and leadership skills. Youth learn concrete leadership skills, learn to lead a worship in a wide variety of youth worship styles, and work to articulate the faith based grounding for their values and leadership. The day includes youth led worship, silent self-reflection time, and small group reflection time in addition to time for hanging out and playing together! The school is taught by pairs of youth and adult co-trainers. Youth co-trainers are former Goldmine students.
  • (The UU Leadership Team Institute—or UULTI—has been replaced by the UU Leadership Institute described above.)

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