Faith Development Webinar Series
Join Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff and guests for one-hour webinars on Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith development topics requested by religious professionals and lay leaders. Webinars are recorded and archived (see "Archived Webinars" below).
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- April 2015: Preparing for Sophia Fahs Sunday
Tuesday, April 14 at 1 p.m. Eastern
or Wednesday, April 15 at 9 p.m. Eastern
Are you preparing for RE worship service in your congregation? Hear from Mark Hicks and Halcyon Westall, members of the Fahs Collaborative, about the new Fahs Sunday resources to help you create a powerful worship experience.
- May 2015: Competencies for Those Who Advise UU Youth
Tuesday, May 19, at 1 pm Eastern
or Wednesday, May 20, 9 pm Eastern
Jennica Davis-Hockett, UUA Leadership Development Associate, discusses eight vital areas of development for youth advisors, from the newly released collaboration between members of some UUA regional teams with the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. The eight youth advising competencies are an optional tool for Congregational Life field staff, religious professionals, lay leaders, and advising teams to identify excellence and assess needs for growth among the people trusted to advise UU youth.
- June 2015: Sexuality Education Update: Parent Program, OWL Revisions, and Resources
Tuesday, June 16, 1 p.m. Eastern
or Wednesday, June 17, 9 p.m. Eastern
Join Melanie Davis, the UUA's OWL Program Associate, to learn about the field test of a new Parents as Sexuality Educators curriculum. You’ll also hear about the revision of Our Whole Lives for Grades 4-6; the recently published second editions of OWL for Grades 7-9 and its companion, Sexuality and Our Faith; and two workshops planned for the 2015 General Assembly, “OWL: Finding Solutions for Diverse Participants” and “OWL and Autism: Building a Better Fit.” Share your OWL challenges and successes and get your OWL questions answered.
- March 2015: Easter in a "Multi" Congregation
Tuesday, March 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern
or Wednesday, March 18 at 9 p.m. Eastern
March 2015 PowerPoint (PDF)
Each spring, religious professionals are called to address Unitarian Universalists' diverse theologies and varied responses to Easter. Gail Forsyth-Vail of the UUA Faith Development Office guides a sharing of ways to engage children, and others, in wisdom and activities to appropriately honor this central Christian holy day as well as Jewish and Pagan celebrations of Passover and the spring Equinox.
- February 2015: Are You Seeking Greater Financial Security?
February 2015 PowerPoint (PDF) / Useful Links (PDF)
What does the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances (OCSF) do? Why should you care? OCSF offers programs and resources to congregations for congregational staff that can help provide greater financial security for you and your family. Richard Nugent, Director of Church Staff Finances, and Betsy Gabriel,Compensation Programs Manager, discuss fair compensation, retirement and insurance plans, and aid funds for emergencies.
- January 2015: UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Transformative Youth Programs
Laura Lubin, UUCSJ Associate for Youth and Young Adult Programs, discusses 2015 justice trainings and service programs being offered for youth at General Assembly in Portland, OR and in New Orleans, Boston, the Southwest Border area and more. Enhance the webinar with two YouTube videos: testimonials from youth on last year's Activate Boston program and a testimonial from Jen Toth, campaign manager for Standing on the Side of Love, about justice and service work with the Activate Southwest Border program.
- December 2014: Give Yourself the Gift of Professional Development
Jan Gartner, UUA Professional Development Specialist, offers a practical and philosophical presentation: What is “professional development?" Why is it essential? How do you choose and fund professional development activities and fit them into your schedule?
- November 2014: Military Ministry in UU Congregations
Gail Forsyth-Vail and Bob Lavallee, a military veteran and a Fellow with the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship, discuss why and how UU congregations can begin ministry to military servicepeople, veterans, and families.
- October 2014: Body/Spirit Family Spiritual Practices
October 2014 PowerPoint (PDF)
Discover why and how you might encourage spiritual practices for UU families at home or at your congregation. Co-presented by UU religious educators Sarah Ahrens, Joy Berry, and Leah Purcell.
- September 2014: Our Whole Lives for Grades 7-9: Revisions in 2014 Edition
September 2014 PowerPoint (PDF)
Melanie Davis, Amy Johnson (United Church of Christ), and Jessica York discuss updates and revisions to the OWL program for grades 7-9. For trained OWL facilitators, religious educators, and congregational leaders.
- August 2014: The New DRE
August 2014 PowerPoint (PDF)
Pat Infante, Central East Regional Group Consultant on Faith Development, presents an orientation webinar specifically for the new Director of Religious Education (DRE) with three or fewer years' experience in your position.
- July 2014: Full Week Faith
Join Karen Bellavance-Grace and FDO staff to learn about Full Week Faith, a strategy for engaging families at home in day-to-day faith development.
- June 2014: Live! from Providence—General Assembly for Religious Educators
June 2014 PowerPoint (PDF)
Faith Development Office staff, on-site in Providence, Rhode Island, report Wed. June 25, 2014 on the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) Professional Day and other workshops and events at the UUA's General Assembly.
- May 2014: Beginning or Restarting Your Adult Faith Development Program
May 2014 PowerPoint (PDF)
Are you tasked to organize adult faith development programming in your congregation or group? Gail Forsyth-Vail shares practical guidance for beginning a program, restarting a dormant or floundering program, or strengthening your existing program.
- April 2014: Supporting Youth with Eating Disorders
April 2014 PowerPoint (PDF)
Reverend Dr. Monica L. Cummings presents on how to identify, approach, and support individuals who may have an eating disorder, in the context of the UU faith community.
- March 2014: Outside In & Upside Down: Applying the "Flipped" Classroom Concept to Faith Development
March 2014 PowerPoint (PDF)
Explore possibilities sparked by the “flipped classroom” concept that is overtaking secular education. Presented by Gail Forsyth-Vail and Pat Kahn.
- February 2014: Worship Within & Beyond RE
February 2014 PowerPoint (PDF)
Pat Kahn and Jessica York present on the religious educator's worship needs and how they can be filled. This webinar discusses worship resources for ourselves, resources for Children's Chapel, and news about UUA Renaissance training modules.
- January 2014: Why & How to Do Spiritual Preparation for Leading RE
January 2014 PowerPoint (PDF)
The UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curricula provide unique, reflective exercise for facilitators to do before each session. This webinar supports a practice of spiritual preparation.
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