Southern Region Staff
Our regional staff team mission is to bring more hope, love, justice, courage, and joy into the world. We serve the Unitarian Universalist faith by fostering congregational health and vitality.
When you need help or a resource recommendation from our staff, please contact our administrator, Jessica Curren by email (sr [at] uua [dot] org) or phone (407.894.2119 or 877.216.2986). She'll connect you with the appropriate resource or staff person to meet your need.
Our Congregational Life Staff
- Natalie Briscoe, Acting Co-Lead
- Kathy Charles, Event Planner
- Rev. Dawn Cooley
- Jessica Curren, Congregational Connections
- Connie Goodbread, Acting Co-Lead
- Kathy McGowan
- Christine Purcell
- Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith (on leave)
Our Expanded Services
These contract services are offered by UUA staff and consultants outside of the core services made available to congregations by virtue of membership in the Unitarian Universalist Association, and priced below market value for consulting services. Expanded services by UUA staff are offered at an additional discount to GIFT Honor congregations.
Conflict: The Pathfinder Process
Is your congregation in conflict? Connie Goodbread, our Southern Region conflict transformation specialist, works with our regional staff and skilled, trained consultants to offer the Pathfinder Process. Each Pathfinder Process begins in covenant and is uniquely designed in partnership with the individual congregation to support conflict transformation through ministry, narrative, and learning.
- Ministry: sitting with and comforting those who are wounded and acknowledging the pain in the system
- Narrative: each individual sees and experiences what has been happening in the congregation differently—open sharing of stories leads to understanding
- Learning: naming what have we learned from this experience and identifying the tools needed to transform the congregation’s culture
The process can be completed in as few as 3 sessions, depending on the issues identified and the work that must be accomplished. We ask for a signed agreement that sets costs and dates prior to beginning the process.
Transformation is possible! Ask your Primary Contact about skilled guidance and companionship through our conflict transformation process.
Stewardship: Stewardship for Us
Stewardship is important to all of us. We care about our communities and our institutions, and therefore we should be effective stewards, unafraid to talk about resources and money, and able to support our values in tangible, empowering ways. Is your congregation working on strategic plans or mission and vision? Planning a stewardship drive or capital campaign? Stewardship for Us can help! Our stewardship team builds on over 20 years of stewardship consulting support, working closely with and through the UUA’s Congregational Stewardship Network and the Director of Congregational Life.