Harvest the Power: Developing Lay Leadership

Harvest the Power
Harvest the Power

© 2009

Many Unitarian Universalists experience a deepening commitment to their faith and congregation as a call to accept a position of leadership—as a lay worship leader, a leader of children or youth or a member of a task force, committee or governing board. Harvest the Power provides leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development. The program helps lay leaders grow in spirit as they grow as leaders. Harvest the Power addresses the reality that today’s leaders operate at a time of rapid cultural change, both in and outside our congregations. Leaders need a broad range of skills, both technical and visionary. The program’s 12 workshops offer opportunities for both new and experienced leaders to enrich the skills they bring to their leadership and to experience their leadership journey as a Unitarian Universalist faith journey.


About the Authors

  • Gail Forsyth-Vail is a Credentialed Religious Educator, Master Level. She served congregations for 22 years, then was part of the UUA Ministries and Faith Development staff from 2008-2019. She has written many curricula and resources, and received the Angus MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education in 2007.
  • Gail Tittle, M.S.W., is the manager for curriculum development at the Protective Services Training Institute of the University of Houston (Texas) Graduate College of Social Work. She holds an M.S.W. from the University of Illinois and served 14 years in the U.S. Air Force.
  • The Rev. Dr. Matt Tittle, a retired naval officer, serves as the minister of the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, Texas. He holds an M.Div. from Meadville Lombard Theological School and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Illinois.

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

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