UU Leadership Institute


The UU Leadership Institute (UULI) is an online learning community offering trainings that support both lay and professional leaders in Unitarian Universalist congregations. A project of the UUA’s Congregational Life staff, UULI provides a scalable model of leadership formation that fosters deeper lay leader involvement and formation and leverages financial resources and UUA staff involvement.

The UULI offers trainings on demand, with discussion questions and activities for local groups of learners. The UU Leadership Institute supplies certificates and other tools to help lay leaders track their own formation.

LeaderLab Design Team

The LeaderLab Design Team

UULI is part of the UUA’s LeaderLab. The design team includes the Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong, Kathy McGowan, and the Rev. Renee Ruchotzke , all members of the Congregational Life staff. The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong has served as Congregational Life Staff in the Pacific Western Region since 2015. He also serves as a Program Leader for the UU College of Social Justice.​ He is the Co-Dean (along with Rev. Renee Ruchotzke) of the UU Leadership Institute and is the Regional Specialist for Leadership Development, Covenantal Partnerships, Racial Justice (Multicultural Transformation) and Social Justice. Kathy McGowan has served as Congregational Life staff in the Southern Region since 2013. Her areas of focus have been in systems thinking, theology, conflict, intercultural sensitivity, and staff supervision. She is one of the primary teachers in the Southern Region. The Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) has served as a Congregational Life Consultant in the Central East Region since September of 2010. As program manager for Leadership Development, she is responsible for providing consultation, programming and training material (including webinars and videos) on various aspects of congregational growth, leadership and congregational dynamics.