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Workshop 5: How Are Decisions Made? Governance and Polity

Workshop 5: How Are Decisions Made? Governance and Polity
Workshop 5: How Are Decisions Made? Governance and Polity
Part of The New UU

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  • The meaning of freedom and tolerance is revealed more clearly by the way people behave than by the generalizations they utter. — Conrad...
  • Activity Minutes Welcoming and Entering 0 Opening 2 Activity 1: What a Free Church Means to Me 10 Activity 2: The Founding of the Dedham...
  • Consider your own history of participating in congregational governance. What roles have you held? How have you felt about your...
  • Materials for Activity Name tags, durable or single use Bold markers Paper and pen/pencil for sign-up sheet Small table Optional:...
  • Materials for Activity Copies of Singing the Living Tradition , the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook, for all participants Chalice, candle,...
  • Materials for Activity Newsprint, markers, and tape Preparation for Activity Post blank newsprint. Description of Activity Introduce the...
  • Materials for Activity Story, " The Founding of the Dedham Church " Preparation for Activity Print out the story "The Founding of the...
  • Materials for Activity Leader Resource 1, Background on Congregational Polity Newsprint, markers, and tape Copies of Singing the Living...
  • Preparation for Activity Invite the president, or a past president, of the congregation to address the group for no more than ten minutes...
  • Materials for Activity Copies of Singing the Living Tradition , or copies of Singing the Journey (supplement to the hymnbook), for all...
  • Review with your co-facilitator(s) how each activity went. What worked well? What might you do differently another time? Review the Parking...
  • Materials for Activity Handout 1, Covenant as Promise Newsprint, markers, and tape Pens or pencils Optional: Your congregation's covenant...
  • Materials for Activity Leader Resource 2, Our Congregation's Structure Organizational chart or summary for your congregation Preparation...
  • From Our Covenant: The 2000-01 Minns Lectures, The Lay and Liberal Doctrine of the Church: The Spirit and the Promise of Our Covenant, by...
  • A covenant is not a contract, but rather a voluntary relationship. The idea of a covenant has biblical origins and traditionally includes...
  • The idea of congregational self-governance developed on this continent because the Puritans who arrived from Europe wanted to have...
  • Talk with lay leadership and the minister to discover the answers to these questions. This discovery process will give you a starting point...
  • Governance for Unitarian Universalist Congregations is a handbook which has information about both the history and practice of governance...

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