Whether you are a brand-new to leadership or have been a leader for decades, this course will give you and your leadership team an understanding of how your congregation functions as an interconnected, organic system of relationships. (This course is similar to Healthy Congregations® or Smart Church and is a prerequisite for other courses.) Read More….
Mother Teresa wrote, “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” More than two thirds of Unitarian Universalist Churches have fewer than 150 members. In many ways, the future of our faith rests in the continued strength and vitality of these “small” congregations. This course will focus on the common challenges and triumphs of small congregational life and will offer ideas and inspiration for enhancing the health and future direction of your congregation. Read more…..
Explore the varied theological landscape of Unitarian Universalism as well as the ground on which we come together in theological commonality. Learn about the theology behind the 7 principles and the value of covenant to lead us forward. Read more…..
Growing our congregations, and spreading our Unitarian Universalist faith, requires that we actively and consistently reach out to the wider community to make our presence known and to more effectively attract visitors to our doors. This course “track” will cover topics such as creating a marketing plan, branding, web sites, and so-called “guerrilla” (low-cost) marketing techniques. Read More….
Develop advanced leadership skills to learn how to face your congregation’s toughest challenges: the ones we don’t have ready answers for. The “Adaptive Leadership” framework pioneered by Harvard’s Dr. Ronald Heifetz, is more than a toolbox of tips. It will change the way you think about your own leadership and equip you to lead through any change, welcome or unwelcome. Read more….
From the birth of “atheist churches’ to generational shifts in religious attitudes to the growth of the ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ and “Nones” and the appearance of non-western faith traditions, the religious landscape of the United States is quickly evolving in new and sometimes unexpected ways. As a leader, how do you help guide your congregation in this suddenly unfamiliar social context? Read more….
Our religious education programs often embrace the explicit goal of building UU identity in our children and youth but the work of figuring out “who I am” and what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist is just as meaningful for adults. Unitarian Universalism requires you to be an active participant in building your religious identity, a task that sometimes requires letting go or “unlearning” painful lessons from our past. What does it mean to “be” a Unitarian Universalist? What role does faith development play in constructing a religious identity that matches your particular experience and your unique journey? This track will explore these important questions and lift up specific pathways and courses for identity exploration, particularly suitable for leaders. Read More…..
Sometimes the world around us can feel like a roller coaster. As a leader, you need the skills to understand the dynamics of change and how to help your congregation meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. This track will give you tools to understand the dynamics of change with different change theories as well as how to apply them using case studies. Read More…..