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Renee Ruchotzke

Full name: Rev. Renee Zimelis Ruchotzke

Congregational Life Staff

Central East Region in Congregational Life


Telephone: (330) 554-0828

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Renee Ruchotzke presents a Visioning Workshop at UU Congregation of Binghamton.

Renee Ruchotzke working with the UU Congregation of Binghamton, NY

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) has served as a Congregational Life Consultant in the Central East Region since September of 2010. As program manager for Leadership Development, she is responsible for providing consultation, programming and training material (including webinars and videos) on various aspects of congregational growth, leadership development and congregational dynamics.  She spends half of her time working on LeaderLab, The UU Leadership Institute, and other online UUA leadership resources. 

Renee lives in Kent, Ohio and is a local community organizer and activist. She serves on the boards of the Kent Environmental Council, Edible Kent, the Kent League of Women Voters and the City of Kent's Sustainability Commission. She also served as president of the Kent Natural Foods Co-op and helped them transition their governance. She and her spouse Randy practice sustainable living with solar panels, an electric car, a backyard permaculture food forest, and a front yard pollinator on their city lot.

Renee is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and is in Final Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Renee was the Consulting Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Canton, Ohio for two years, where she actively participated in the district's small church growth project. She served her internship at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before that she served East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland, Ohio for two years as their interim Director of Religious Education. She co-authored the Tapestry of Faith curriculum, "A Chorus of Faiths." She was ordained in 2010 by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, Ohio where she has been a member since 1996. There she served in a variety of leadership roles before being called to ministry.  She is now their affiliated community minister. 

She served as the chair of the Ohio Meadville District Commissioned Lay Leader Committee from 2011-2015 and co-chair of the Program Development Group for the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly from 2012-2015.  She was the 2007 recipient of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Seminarian Award for Excellence in Social Justice, and the 2010 recipient of the Commission on Social Witness sermon award. Before being called to ministry, she was a mechanical design engineer and was awarded a patent for one of her designs.

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Strategic Leadership (Training)

UU Leadership Institute, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Kathy McGowan, Renee Ruchotzke

From LeaderLab
Develop a deeper understanding of how to focus your congregation on mission, build trust and develop a cohesive leadership team.
Centered Leadership Part Two (Course)

UU Leadership Institute, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Kathy McGowan, Renee Ruchotzke

From LeaderLab
Learn healthy leadership practices, communication and conflict skills, the importance of being mission-focused and how to communicate across differences.
Centered Leadership Part One (Course)

UU Leadership Institute, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Kathy McGowan, Renee Ruchotzke

From LeaderLab
Online Leadership School for new leaders and those interested in possible leadership.
Radical Hospitality Theology

Renee Ruchotzke

From LeaderLab
I believe that the theological basis for hospitality – radical hospitality –is the concept of the Creative Interchange as expressed by process theologian Henry Nelson Wieman.  In Wieman’s...
When Thinking About Fundraising, Think "Pockets"

Renee Ruchotzke

From LeaderLab
Giving to the annual operating fund is the “expenses” pocket, giving to the capital campaign is the “enovations” pocket. What other pockets are there?
Radical Relationship I: The Science of Covenant

Douglas Zelinski, Jeanelyse Doran Adams, Renee Ruchotzke

From LeaderLab
If Unitarian Universalism’s crux were reduced to a few points in space and time, they would be those moments just before and just after we keep promises.
Radical Relationship II: The Theology of Covenant

Renee Ruchotzke, Jeanelyse Doran Adams, Douglas Zelinski

From LeaderLab
Using Process Theology, we offer a framework as well as practical spiritual practices showing how living in covenant can create sacred space.
Levels of Conflict

Renee Ruchotzke, UU Leadership Institute

From LeaderLab
Not all conflict is alike. Different kinds of conflict require different kinds of responses.
Living Your Purpose III: Making Mission & Vision Stick

Kathy McGowan, Renee Ruchotzke, UU Congregation of Binghamton, Binghamton, NY

From LeaderLab
How do we design and support congregational systems that help us live into our mission and vision?

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