UU Leadership Institute


The UU Leadership Institute (UULI) is an online learning community offering courses 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 courses in a semesters model, with a variety of course offerings every semester that cover different competence areas for different lay leader needs. The UU Leadership Institute supplies certificates and other tools to help lay leaders track their own formation.

Learn more about UULI in this video:


Co-Deans Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong

UULI is led by its Co-Deans, Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong, who are respectively members of the Central East Region and Pacific Western Region Congregational Life staff teams. 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. 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.


As you complete courses, you’ll see that you’ve earned badges and ‘awards’. You’ll also see certificates of completion for courses you finish. When you sign up for UULI courses, you have the option to connect to Cred.ly, which is a service that manages digital credentials. It can help you to track courses you’ve done and provides verification to others that they have been completed.

Learn more about Cred.ly and digital credentials by visiting their website.