Webinars in the Pacific Western Region
Webinars offer a convenient way to engage in online collaborative learning across the Pacific Western Region (PWR). Participating as a learning community in your congregation gives your team a starting point to gain insight, discuss with religious leaders, and focus your congregation’s learning community on what matters.
This year, the PWR staff provide a variety of exciting offerings with individual webinars at $20 per connection. A connection is one link that is viewed by as many as desired from one place, such as your congregation.
Questions about PWR Webinars: Contact PWR Congregational Life Staff, Jonipher Kwong at jkwong [at] uua [dot] org.
Creating Successful Teams for Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry
Michelle Avery Ferguson, Coordinator the Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry Certification Program, and Rev. Tandi Rogers - a collaboration between EqUUal Access and the UUA.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT
Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) focuses on welcoming, embracing, integrating, and supporting people with disabilities and their families in our congregations. Its sacred challenge for congregations is recognizing the humanity and gifts of all people. This program extends the efforts described in the document Accessibility Guidelines for Unitarian Universalist Congregations (PDF) by creating a certification program whereby congregations can be formally recognized for their commitment and progress. This webinar will give an overview of the program and tips on how to create successful teams for a positive whole-congregation experience.
Rev. Carol McKinley & Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT
Have you ever experienced a situation in which two people vent with each other regarding a third person but don't address their concerns directly with the third person? In this webinar, you will learn what a triangulated communication is, you will learn how triangulated communication increases unhealthy conflict in congregations, and you will learn how to avoid and untangle triangulated conversations.
From Visitor to a Full Spectrum of Member Engagement
Marie Luna, Congregational Life Coordinator, Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Vice President, UU Association of Membership Professionals and Rev. Tandi Rogers
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT
Faith traditions are all in a time of transition and Unitarian Universalism is no exception. As we struggle to consider what our faith will look like as our country struggles with divisions and the fear of the unknown, let us come together to consider some new perspectives on the traditional ideas of membership. In this webinar, we will expand upon the idea of a faith tradition that looks beyond the goal of increasing membership to a considering together what a full Spectrum of Engagement in our Unitarian Universalist faith might look like. This spectrum was first presented at the 2015 General Assembly by UUA Outreach Director Carey McDonald, UU Association of Membership Professionals Consultant Lori Emison Clair and Marie Luna.
Introduction to Conflict Dynamics
Rev. Margaret Kiep & Dave Mentz
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT
In this webinar, you will learn how to recognize the dynamics of conflict as it arises in yourself and in your congregation, how to address it in healthy ways, and grow strong in both of these areas.
A Theme-Based Approach to Full-Week Faith
Eric Bliss, PWR Youth Ministry Specialist
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT
Using current social media and smartphone technologies is a great way to involve families in a full week of UU faith. This one-hour webinar will include strategies for more intentionally involving families in an expression of UUism in their daily lives with an emphasis on spiritual practice, storytelling, and faith in action, all through the lens of monthly theme based ministry. Ultimately, this webinar will present a useful resource for combining Full Week Faith and Theme Based Ministry approaches, as developed by Eric Bliss while serving as Director of Religious Exploration at First Unitarian Society of Denver.
SpiritJam: Fun, Engaging Faith Formation
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT
Are you having trouble recruiting teachers? Check out a new model of Religious Education called “SpiritJam” developed at the UU Fellowship of Boulder, CO
- Staff teachers lead the program.
- Align Religious Education with Thematic Ministry.
- Provide consistency, professional leadership and safety for the children.
- Free up the energy of parents with paid lead teachers.
- Offer service opportunities for all ages.
Just a Few Kids: Creative Strategies for Congregational Engagement
Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh & Rev. Sarah Schurr
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT
How do you create a meaningful congregational experience when you’ve got a small number of kids in your congregation, few of whom are the same age? What will engage them, minister to their needs, and build a strong UU identity? You’ll walk away with creative “out of the box” ideas for nurturing connections, fun, and faith across the ages and generations.
Inclusive Youth Group Dynamics
Eric Bliss, Natalie Briscoe, and youth TBA
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 10 am (PT) & Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5 pm (PT)
How do we create space for real diversity in our youth groups? For believers? For introverts? For those who are differently abled? For our growing trans-youth population? This hour long webinar will examine the issues of growing complexity around an inclusive youth ministry program and provide real tools for creating safe, open spaces for our gloriously varied and multi-faceted youth participants, including a new methodology for fashioning the complicated, and sometimes tedious, youth group covenant.
Reaching Out to Millennials & Young Families
Rev. Annie Gonzalez Milliken & Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 9:00-10:00 a.m. PT
This webinar is designed for UU congregations who know their community has something to offer young adults and families with young children and want to intentionally reach out to those groups. We’ll explore characteristics of successful outreach efforts and help you identify concrete ways your congregation can build meaningful connections with members of these groups.