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Engage in online collaborative learning with 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.

View the PWR Webinar Archive 

Questions about PWR Webinars: Contact PWR Congregational Life Staff, Jonipher Kwong at jkwong [at] uua [dot] org.

Upcoming Webinars

Facebook is Not Your Congregation’s Newsletter or Bulletin Board

Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT

Facebook is relatively new technology. But the principles behind it are even older than print newsletters and cork bulletin boards. Facebook is about relationship, self-expression, and storytelling: things at which congregations are amazing. However, we often approach our congregational Facebook pages as announcement vehicles, and they don’t work. It’s not because we aren’t paying to boost the posts, it’s because we need to shift our paradigm. Learn how your congregation can use Facebook pages for public ministry, storytelling, outreach, and grassroots-generated publicity.

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Ways to Improve Congregational Giving (Some Tried and True and Some Very New)

Kay Crider and Rev. Jan Christian
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 6:30-7:45 p.m. PT

Some of the techniques we’ll explore: Tying the congregational budget to our values and how they intersect with our pledges and gifts, creating opportunities for open discussions about money, broadening the ways and opportunities to give, creating the next generation of generous Unitarian Universalists, building a stewardship ministry team, mentoring and more.

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Helping Your Congregation De-Stress for the Holidays

Katie Covey & Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT

Simple ideas for worship and program leaders to make the winter holidays meaningful and less stressful, including a “No-Rehearsal Christmas Eve” program, a multigenerational program of "Make Your Own Gifts" and an “Unplug the Xmas Machine” Family Workshop.

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Serving as Leader: Effective Leadership in Small Congregations

Rev. Sarah Schurr & Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT

Being a good lay leader in a Unitarian Universalist congregation is hard. Burnout is common and no matter what you do someone is unhappy. In this webinar, we will explore the role of leaders in a a Unitarian Universalist congregation. We will talk about helpful roles and sound leadership approaches. We will offer some useful tools to help your leaders and your congregation to thrive.

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Difficult Conversations

Rev. Laura Shennum & Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT

Many congregations avoid having conversations or making decisions about particular topics or with particular people (sometimes for years or decades) out of fear of unhealthy conflict. This webinar will introduce you to the practical skills needed to take on these difficult conversations.

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Unitarian Universalism 101 for Non-UU Congregational Staff

Rev. Christine Robinson & Rev. Tandi Rogers
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT

What is congregational polity and why is covenant so important? What are these peculiar customs and beliefs? Where are denominational resources for my particular role? What have I gotten myself into?! We will answer these questions and more. A 30 minute video will be assigned to watch ahead of time that gives an overview of UU history and theology.

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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.

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Untangling Triangles

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.

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From Visitor to a Full Spectrum of Member Engagement

Lori Emison Clair, Consultant to the 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 the UU faith is no exception. As we struggle to consider what our faith will look like in the world of congregations and beyond, 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 UU Faith might look like. This spectrum was first presented at GA 2015 by Carey McDonald, Marie Blohowiak and Lori Emison Clair.

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