I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, 19th-century Unitarian poet

Participants explore and articulate some of the risks and dangers that come with leading a congregation or organization through adaptive change. Through the ancient, familiar story of Moses, participants consider the challenges leaders face and identify strengths and strategies that can help. Participants express creatively their identity as congregational leaders and share resources and understandings that help them when they face danger in a leadership role.

In Activity 3, participants paint masks. Some may work quite carefully on and take great pride in their efforts; expect this activity to take at least as long as the time allotted here (55 minutes). Arrange a place to leave masks to dry.


This workshop will:

  • Introduce Heifetz and Linsky's work enumerating and explaining some ways a leader can be marginalized, distracted, seduced or attacked when leading an organization through adaptive change
  • Present the biblical story of Moses as a case study in leadership.
  • Provide creative opportunities for participants to integrate and express their understanding of themselves as leaders.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Explore Heifetz and Linsky's work on the dangers leaders face, using the biblical Moses as a case study
  • Discover wisdom the Moses story can offer contemporary Unitarian Universalist lay leaders
  • Use meditation, art or music and reflective conversation to explore and express a growing identity as a leader.

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