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General Assembly Presentations

LeaderLab

  • By Connie Goodbread
    Does your congregation suffer from constant, divisive conflict? Is your congregation looking to develop its first covenant to help members with healthier behavior? Here is a quick guide:
  • By Kathy McGowan
    Avoiding triangulation will not eliminate conflict in a congregation but it will help keep it in the constructive and creative zone.
  • By Qiyamah Rahman
    Learning to practicie helpful and healthy behaviors allows us to act on our stated beliefs and values.
  • By Sarah Movius Schurr
    Systems theory is extremely helpful in understanding how people work in groups and why change is sometimes so difficult.
  • 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 UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Many congregations have a committee to assist and work with the professional minister or ministers. An older model is the Ministerial Relations Committee.
  • By Kenneth Hurto
    Whenever two parts of a system become uncomfortable with one another, they will turn their focus to a third person or issue as a way to stabilize their own relationship with one another.
  • 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 Connie Goodbread
    S-H-I-F-T is a way to remember the basics of emotional systems (Self-Differientation, Homeostasis, Identified patient, emotional Familiy field, and Triagulation) and how they operatin in congregations.
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Learning how to be in community with people who have different opinions or experiences is essential in UU congregations.
  • By Nancy Heege, MidAmerica Region of the UUA
    Self-differentiated Leaders know who they are well enough that they also know where they stand, and what they will and will not do; they understand the necessity of boundaries, and work within the congregation to ensure that healthy boundaries are in place and are supported; they can be clear in who they are, without requiring others to join them in that same place, but instead to be true to their own self.
  • By Lisa Presley, MidAmerica Region of the UUA
    Leaders know where their buttons are, and know how to manage their own anxiety; they recognize that anxiety serves little purpose in moving a congregation forward, and instead can lessen that anxiety and help the congregation focus on the issues involved, rather than the anxiety and fear that uncertainty can create; they are comfortable in and with ambiguity.
  • By Dori Davenport Thexton, MidAmerica Region of the UUA
    Leaders know how to read people emotionally, and how to help people feel safe enough to not be driven unconsciously by emotions. Leaders help people understand how to appropriately express emotions and to use them as forces to move the congregation forward, rather than trapping them in the past.
  • By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA
    Being aware of one's own emotions and how they influence judgment enables a leader to avoid being reactive when making decisions. Learning how to manage one's emotions helps a leader make decisions responsively and responsibly.
  • Learn how the human brain is impacted by anxiety in organizations like congregations.
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Healthy and transparent communication needs to be mutual, with all parties taking responsibility for their words. Leaders should have firm policies against accepting anonymous feedback. And yet, there are times when cultural differences or power differentials require a nuanced understanding of healthy communication.
  • By Jan Christian, Pacific Western Region of the UUA
    Surveys that work best come out of an understanding that the job of leadership is not to “make people happy” but to help the congregation live out its mission. Surveys that are useless at best and divisive at worst typically seek to honor personal preferences about various areas of congregational life (including the minister).
  • By Nancy Bowen, Pacific Western Region of the UUA
    How do Committees on Ministry function? Rev. Nancy Bowen shares an overview.
  • 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 Nancy Heege, MidAmerica Region of the UUA
    Self-differentiated Leaders know who they are well enough that they also know where they stand, and what they will and will not do; they...
  • By Ian Evison, Kenneth Hurto
    In the 1950s the family therapist Murray Bowen introduced many ideas about systems. The concept of triangulation is one of the most...
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Learn about some common difficult meeting behaviors and a few strategies to cope with them.
  • 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 MidAmerica Region of the UUA
    Become more informed about and more comfortable with neuro-diversity (autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, bipolar...
  • By Mark Bernstein, Central East Region of the UUA
    The opportunity is great in our congregations for rumors, miscommunication, gossip and, of course, conflict. Examine the barriers to open...
  • By James Kubal-Komoto, Pacific Western Region of the UUA
    Learn how triangulated communication increases unhealthy conflict in congregations, and how to avoid and untangle triangulated...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Sometimes, living in a bubble can be a good thing. It can create a barrier between harmful things on the outside and precious things on the...
  • By Matthew Johnson
    Given the increasing shortage of UU ministers, congregations might wish for a simple way to evaluate their own fitness for ministry. Ministers, likewise, might find an objective scale helpful in discerning whether a congregation is ready for them. This scale is similar to the hoped for outcomes...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    The 1970's heart-throb boy band The Osmonds provided a disservice with their ear-worm hit song "One Bad Apple." They sang, ...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Let me share a fable of two congregations. ...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    In dealing with adaptive challenges (e.g. changing demographics or attitudes toward religious institutions) congregational leaders can...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    The congregational meeting was held right after the Sunday service to guarantee a quorum. There were a couple of important issues to discuss, including passing a deficit budget to help fund a part time membership coordinator in service of their desire for growth. Standard...
  • By David A Miller
    We often hear the question, "Is there a spiritual practice that is particularly Unitarian Universalist?" I believe that there is—living...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    My father-in-law was a no-nonsense businessman who worked a 600 acre farm. Fiercely independent, he liked to play by his own rules. When he bought a new piece of machinery, he would remove all of the pesky shields and other safety devices that slowed him down or got in the way during...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Once upon a time there was a congregation that wanted a mission statement. They appointed a committee that worked hard. They held cottage...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Your congregation is committed to growth and understands that growth in numbers results from other kinds of growth. You also know it is important to set goals and measure how well you are doing. ...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    "Your actions are speaking so loudly, I can hardly hear what you are saying." This is a quote from a webinar on the presence of leaders...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    I grew up eating a lot of ethnic northern European foods. I would often get comments in the workplace lunch room about the leftovers I had brought in that day. I remember one comment about "what a strange food combination" I was eating (sauerkraut with a dollop of sour...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Church leaders that I work with are often frustrated with the slow, almost glacial speed of change in congregational life. What might take a month or two in the workplace takes a year in the church. ...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Here are some more tips for the savvy leader to learn how to recognize and respond to drama both in themselves and others. (adapted from the book The Drama-Free Office: A Guide to Healthy Collaboration with Your Team, Coworkers and Boss by Jim Warner & Kaley Klemp). ...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Because of our strong attachments in our congregational communities, emotions can run high during times of change. The energy produced can be creative or destructive. The savvy leader learns to recognize emerging drama both in themselves and others—and more importantly, learns...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    As we head into the holiday season, it's a good time to bring attention to the practice of self-management. Time together with relatives...
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  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    I spent several days hiking in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia for my vacation. (It was a good opportunity to get away from the technology that is my constant companion during the rest of the year, since there are few cell phone towers in those mountains.) Many of the trails we...

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