Kathy McGowan

Southern Region Staff

Southern Region in Congregational Life

Telephone: (518) 859-9267

Email: kmcgowan@uua.org

Telephone: (518) 859-9267

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Kathy McGowan has been on the Congregational Life Staff for the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association since 2013. In that time her areas of focus have been in systems thinking, theology, conflict, intercultural sensitivity, and staff supervision. She is one of the primary teachers in the Southern Region.

She has a deep passion for Unitarian Universalism and is grounded in its history and theology. She is sensitive to marginalized groups and is committed to intercultural sensitivity. She believes in the transformative power of groups and thrives on the collaborative process. She is talented both in presentation and facilitation with a unique ability to use humor while attending to important and sensitive questions. All of her work comes from a deep respect for an individual process of spiritual development and the power of communal worship.

In addition to her congregational work, her careers have been in the areas of child welfare and theatre. She lives with her two cats in the triangle area of North Carolina. She enjoys visiting her son and daughter in New York and California.

From Kathy McGowan

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Living in a committed, covenantal community is a great way to avoid destructive conflict.

Leader Resource | By Kathy McGowan | June 14, 2019 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Conflict Management in Congregations, Covenant

Avoiding triangulation will not eliminate conflict in a congregation but it will help keep it in the constructive and creative zone.

Leader Resource | By Kathy McGowan | June 11, 2019 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Healthy Behavior

Procedures should have the flexibility to change as the organization changes size, staff, technologies and other situational factors.

Leader Resource | By Kathy McGowan | April 19, 2019 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Governance for Congregations

Most of your Southern Region staff are fresh from our Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly, held this year in Kansas City, Missouri, June 20-24. You can read about the highlights in UU World Magazine. In the midst of our familiar rituals and procedures such as the banner parade,...

By Kathy McGowan, Carlton Elliott Smith | July 5, 2018 | From Southern Region

This webinar was created for new and reforming Committees on Ministry.

Webinar | By Kathy McGowan | October 8, 2017 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Covenant, Shared Ministry Teams

“The only thing that is constant is change” Heraclitus My, my, my, but have we been surrounded with change?! If change is truly the only constant, then we had better get comfortable with it. We are swirling around in it. It is so, that currently, if someone asks me how I am doing with the...

By Kathy McGowan | June 6, 2017 | From Southern Region

I have come to realize in the last few weeks that, in many ways, we as a nation are grieving. As liberal religious people, we are grieving. We are seeing many of our values and the ideals of our democracy challenged in ways we might never have imagined happening in our lifetime....

By Kathy McGowan | March 6, 2017 | From Southern Region

For the last couple of years, I have been going around the Southern Region talking about culture. As I work with congregations which are doing mission and vision work or are in transition with their professional staff, I explain that before you can think about the future, it is important to know...

By Kathy McGowan | November 17, 2016 | From Southern Region

One piece of my job is working with new Unitarian Universalist emerging ministries. There are many ways of becoming a Unitarian Universalist group, including becoming one of the newly formed http://growinguu.blogs.uua.org/files/2015/05/Covenanting-Communities-Fa… Communities. See It is an honor...

By Kathy McGowan | November 3, 2015 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Emerging Ministries

How do we design and support congregational systems that help us live into our mission and vision? Using guiding "ministry action statements," goal-setting, and assessment to keep its mission and vision vital and effective.

Webinar | By Kathy McGowan, Renee Ruchotzke, UU Congregation of Binghamton, Binghamton, NY | June 26, 2014 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Mission/Vision/Planning

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