Wisdom is not a fixed quality. It circulates among us. — Sister Souljah, contemporary hip-hop artist

This workshop, the fourth in the Purpose unit, explores reasons and ways to include many voices in the visioning work of the congregation. Participants learn how to pay attention to voices on the margins of the faith community. When the leadership intentionally invites all members to share their ideas, life experiences and wisdom, the community becomes more adept and creative in meeting challenges.


This workshop will:

  • Introduce the concepts of mattering and marginality in a faith community or organization
  • Present two stories—one historical and one contemporary—involving Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist voices "on the margins"
  • Teach a process for differentiating leadership questions from management questions and skillfully framing leadership questions
  • Provide an experience of listening circles, a technique for engaging many voices in leadership questions.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand concepts of mattering and marginality
  • Explore how, in their own experience, mattering and marginality affect one's ability to offer creativity and wisdom to benefit a congregation
  • Deepen their understanding of mattering and marginality through one historical and one contemporary story
  • Learn to craft leadership questions
  • Experience a listening circle and consider ways to use that model in the congregational setting.

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