Extended Leadership Experience – Virtual MWLS 2021

Extended Leadership Experience Virtual MidWest Leadership School

With there still being uncertainty about the safety of in-person gatherings, we have decided to postpone our in-person MidWest Leadership School, scheduled for July 2021, until 2022. The safety of our students and presenters is paramount. As you probably know, the UUA shifted the General Assembly in June 2021 to an all-virtual event, so we followed suit.

But the leadership needs of our congregations continue. To accommodate the loss of the in-person school this summer, we’re doing two things:

  • Holding a second session of this fall’s successful Extended Leadership Experience during this spring (dates below)
  • Planning for a follow-up ELE 2.0 to explore other leadership topics.

Fall 2020’s Extended Leadership Experience was a big success—sold out in two and a half weeks, with a 90+% attendance rate. The evaluations say that those who attended said that the content was relevant to their congregation and leadership in their congregations.

We held a second session of the Extended Leadership Experience Spring 2021. We covered identity, mission/vision, systems, and conflict, along with four incredible history presentations by the Rev. Connie Simon.

We hope to hold Extended Leadership Experience 200 to build upon the topics and discuss more complex leadership skills. We are still working on the details of that course, yet we know that attendance at one of the Extended Leadership Experience 100s will be a prerequisite for ELE 200.

We look forward to seeing you once again in person (we hope!) in the summer of 2022.

For more information, feel free to reach out to Lisa Presley, lpresley@uua.org