CANCELED: Faithful Risking: A Practice of Spiritual Leadership

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Type of event: Webinar


Sponsor: New England Region of the UUA

Important update: Due to COVID-19, all our in-person events will either be canceled or converted to an online format. We will update as soon and often as possible about which ones. We appreciate your patience.
This workshop's status is canceled.

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This program is designed for religious professionals and lay people to build collective practice for collective action. Because shifts in congregational practice, such as cultivating capacity for faithful risking, require sustained group effort, you are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop with a team of four or more. Details below.

UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray has said that “this is no time for a casual faith.” Our Unitarian Universalist Principles and the particular missions of our congregations call us to an engaged and active faith. We are called to bring more justice, equity, compassion, and liberation to our own lives, our congregations, our local communities, and the world. To be faithful to this call requires taking risks.

Spiritual leadership calls us to risk stretching beyond where we are comfortable, beyond what we think we are capable of in the name of love and justice. This kind of stretch is how our congregations reinvent themselves, adapt to new realities, advance mission, and renew our historic covenant. This is how UU congregations continually learn to embrace LGBTQ people and communities, how congregations are becoming multicultural communities, how we have continually widened our theological boundaries. What risks are needed to pursue your mission, now?

This workshop invites your team into a deeper awareness of the practice of faithful risking as part of Spiritual Leadership. Specifically you will:

  • Examine a theology of faithful risking as part of the faithful practice of Unitarian Universalism in congregations
  • Explore some methods and tools for group discernment, and practice using at least one of them
  • Reframe the discomfort that comes with stretching beyond our comfort zone as a positive sign of meaningful change
  • Identify skills and tools for increasing our tolerance of discomfort, and practice using at least one of them
  • Analyze case studies of UU congregations taking faithful risks

“Faithful Risking” is part of the New England Region’s focus on The Practices of Spiritual Leadership. Together we will consider how we can cultivate the courage to take the risks needed to truly live our congregational missions.


  • $25 per person when you register 1-3 from your congregation
  • $15 per person when you register 4 or more from your congregation

While we know that not all individuals are in a position to pay these fees, since the learning is on behalf of the congregation, we assume that congregations will select and financially support participants who come. However, if these fees are prohibitive even to the congregation, please contact us at We do not want cost to keep anyone away.

REGISTRATION CLOSES: Sunday, March 22, or maximum capacity.


  • If you or a teammate needs to cancel a registration before the event, please contact us as early as possible, by one week before the event at the latest, and a refund will be provided less a $5.00 administrative fee. Within one week of the event refunds less a $5.00 administrative fee will only be given in the case of illness or emergency. Refunds will not be available after the event for non attendance. We ask for your understanding in respecting this policy, which supports our organizational efforts and expenses.
  • The New England Region UUA may need to cancel an event in the case of low enrollment. We will contact you well in advance of the event and provide prompt, full refund of registration fees.

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