Jan Christian

Full name: Rev. Jan Christian

Jan Christian

The Rev. Jan Christian served as Congregational Life Staff for the Pacific Western Region from 2015-1019.

Prior to working for the UUA, Jan served for thirteen years as minister of our congregation in Ventura, California. During that time, she also served for eight years on the Unitarian Universalist Fund for Social Responsibility.

Her previous professional life included decades of work in and around Arizona’s social service and juvenile justice systems and many years teaching public policy and service learning courses at Arizona State University.

She holds a B.S. in American History and a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University and an M.Div. from the Pacific School of Religion.

She makes her home on the central coast of California.

From Jan Christian

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Establishing and maintaining Beloved Community depends on establishing and maintaining covenantal relationships. The covenant is our sacred promise of meaningful relationship, which we mutually develop

Leader Resource | By Jan Christian, Pacific Western Region of the UUA | March 18, 2019 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Covenant

It’s early in the fire season and already two of our congregations in Colorado have received funds from the UUA Disaster Relief Fund to help members of their congregations and community partners in Durango and Carbondale.

By Jan Christian | July 13, 2018 | From Pacific Western Region

The power of money in our own lives often goes unexamined. This plays out in our congregations in all sorts of ways. What would it mean to your congregation to be able to talk about money in ways that are life-giving and healing?

Webinar | By Jan Christian, Kay Crider | May 30, 2018 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Membership in Congregations, Stewardship for Congregations, Finance for Congregations

The title comes from a story from Rob Brezsny who writes the syndicated column "Freewill Astrology." Brezsny told of a man who used to lead him into new areas of town in search of lessons they didn’t know they needed. He called this going on a Whirlygig....

By Jan Christian | April 24, 2018 | From Pacific Western Region

Albert Lovejoy was a member of my Internship Committee in Prescott, Arizona. The committee was talking about some of the personal preferences that people expressed when it came to worship services. He said, "Well, when I come to church, I always hope there are elements that don't really speak to me,...

By Jan Christian | March 15, 2018 | From Pacific Western Region

Surveys that work best come out of an understanding that the job of leadership is not to “make people happy” but to help the congregation live out its mission. Surveys that are useless at best and divisive at worst typically seek to honor personal preferences about various areas of congregational life (including the minister).

Leader Resource | By Jan Christian, Pacific Western Region of the UUA | February 2, 2018 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Healthy Behavior, Communication, Governance for Congregations

We Congregational Life Staff speak of “Generosity In All Things” as we do our work because we know that generosity is a core religious value and that it is foundational to cultivating joy in our own lives, sustaining our congregations and doing what we are called to do in the world. We are...

By Jan Christian | February 16, 2017 | From Pacific Western Region

For the majority of our congregations in the Pacific Western Region, paying the requested contributions to the UUA and the District is just assumed. These contributions are seen as what we give to fulfill our covenant as member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association....

By Jan Christian | February 8, 2017 | From Pacific Western Region

How can small congregations become aware of and adopt successful stewardship concepts and practices as they grow?

Webinar | By Jan Christian, Kay Crider | October 1, 2016 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Stewardship for Congregations, Small Congregations

What sustains a ministry or a marriage or a friendship or a membership in a congregation are things like respect, patience, forbearance, generosity, flexibility, forgiveness, a sense of humor, and, when all else fails, sheer will power.

Reflection | By Jan Christian | July 26, 2016 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Ministerial Transitions

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