UULI-From Visitor to a Full Spectrum of Member Engagement (141) (Spring 2016)

Faith traditions are all in a time of transition and the UU faith is no exception.  As we struggle to consider what oSpectrum-of-membershipur faith will look like in the world of congregations and beyond let us come together to consider some new perspectives on the traditional ideas of membership.

In this class we will expand upon the idea of a faith tradition that looks beyond the goal of increasing membership to a considering together what a full Spectrum of Engagement in our UU Faith might look like.  This spectrum was first presented at GA 2015 by Carey McDonald, Marie Blohowiak and Lori Emison Clair.

Fostering a Culture of Connection

    • Membership as Ministry
    • Welcoming the Stranger- Greeting as a spiritual practice
    • Pathway from Visitor to Community Member

Building a Community of Engagement

    • Creating a culture of belonging
    • Fostering connections among all
    • Program Development
    • Group Management/ Support (Affinity Groups)

 Striving for Integration and Leadership

    • Engagement Tracking
    • Retention

Lori Emison Clair worked with the amazing staff at First Unitarian Church in Des Moines from 2004 to 2015. During Lori’s 11 years on staff, First Unitarian membership grew from 240 to 539. Lori’s position began as part-time Membership Coordinator overseeing a mostly lay-led visitor process to serving as the Director of Congregational Life (DCL), which included overseeing new members and membership integration, coordinating hospitality, Wednesday night programming, community building events, affinity groups, Soul Matters (SGM), adult education programming, and working with the team that redesigned the church’s pastoral care into a neighborhood based Caring Communities model. While serving as DCL, Lori supervised a Congregational Life Assistant and the congregation’s childcare staff.

In addition to her position at First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Lori helped form the Unitarian Universalist Association of Membership Professionals (UUAMP), serving as the Chair for the Steering Committee that formed the Association, serving as UUUAMP’s Vice President, Secretary, the first Coordinator for their webinar and book series, editor for the UUAMP Hiring Guide unveiled at GA 2014, as well as Chair for the Certification Committee as they sought and received a UU Programming Fund grant to design a nationwide certification program for Membership Professionals.

Online course fee:  $30 via PayPal or mail in a check.
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9 Replies to “UULI-From Visitor to a Full Spectrum of Member Engagement (141) (Spring 2016)”

  1. Beryl Smith

    Lori, this has been a very helpful course, lots of great ideas..
    One question:
    Is there an easy way to include pdf files of the videos for these courses?
    It would sometimes help to be able to scan the text to check on a particular item, or helpful to be able to read if it is not convenient to listen (if others are around, etc.)
    Beryl Smith

  2. DavidCompton

    This is a very good class, Lori. There were many very good ideas presented. — Could I get a Excel copy of the participation spreadsheet? The headings were mostly too small for me to read. I would need to see an actual copy in my computer’s Excel to be able really to see what you are doing. That would help.

    Thanks for teaching the class.

    Best regards,
    Dave Compton

  3. Lori Emison Clair Post author

    I will be setting up three live virtual chats for the class. I will send out a doodle to see what times will work best for the group around March 5th.

    The UU Leadership Institute is slowly expanding, and there is not a critical mass of folks signed up from any particular location yet this semester.

    Your best bet is to get folks interested in the online course, then schedule an in person community of practice later in the spring. If you contact me in a month or two, I can send an email to folks in your area to see if there is interest.

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