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.
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) & Wednesday, February 15, 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.