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Conflict Management in Congregations

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InterConnections: Articles for UU Leaders

  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Q: We have a major financial donor in our small congregation. When she’s happy, her pledge is increased by a significant amount and the...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    When a man who had just joined a West Coast congregation volunteered to take care of the grounds, the overworked folks in the congregation...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Use caution when discussing congregational issues on email, reminds Rev. Bob Hill, district executive for the Unitarian Universalist...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Asking the right questions is a key part of learning how well your congregation functions. The new book, Churchworks: A Well-Body Book for...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    When the congregation of the First Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Duluth, MN (190 members), made the decision this past winter to...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    We've all been there. The service is about to start and the moderator asks the dreaded question: Are there any announcements? Yes, it seems...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Q. We're concerned about all the ways that members are getting asked for money at church. There are the musicians that bring tapes, Girl/...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    As Unitarian Universalists (UU), we pride ourselves on being inclusive and forgiving. We celebrate diversity and welcome all individuals...
  • By Helen Bishop
    How many of these vignettes sound like your congregation? At your last annual meeting, twenty-seven of your 181 adult members showed up...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Would you know what to do if your congregation’s Sunday morning service was disrupted by people who despised your beliefs? It happened July...

LeaderLab

  • By Sarah Movius Schurr
    What can the congregation do in a crisis to avoid a crash during conflict? The solution mostly falls to the work of the driver of the car or the congregational leaders.
  • By Mark Bernstein
    Is rudeness a quality of Unitarian Universalism? How else to explain the lack of hospitality exhibited by many congregations toward unbidden guests? This workshop will explore the prevalence of rudeness in our society, how it is seeping through the walls of our congregations, and what we can do about it.
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    With so many ways to mis-communicate and mis-understand in our congregations, we need to develop healthy communication habits and norms.
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Learning how to be in community with people who have different opinions or experiences is essential in UU congregations.
  • By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA
    This webinar helps leaders discern how to separate disruptive behaviors from persons to create a peaceful community.
  • By LoraKim Joyner
    In marriage we have vows and in congregations we have behavioral covenants. Without intention and agreements on how to process...
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Learn about how to prevent destructive conflict in meetings by nurturing a culture that promotes respectful communication and creative interchange.
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Is your congregation being held hostage? Is there a troublesome personality who tries to get his or her own way by withholding money, by loud assertive behavior, or by misusing Joys and Concerns?
  • As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we pride ourselves on being inclusive and forgiving. We celebrate diversity and welcome all individuals. But occasionally a person comes to our church door who is bent on causing physical or emotional damage. What do we do then? ...
  • By Paula Cole Jones
    Too often our leaders lead from unexamined fear and frustration. We need to lead from our hopes as embodied in the vision of the Beloved Community.

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