Archives: Trainings

Adaptive Leadership 401 S18

The last in our suite of four Leadership Development courses, this course is designed for experienced lay leaders and professional staff who are looking to help their congregations face challenges without easy answers. The “Adaptive Leadership” framework, pioneered by Harvard’s Dr. Ronald Heifetz, is more than a toolbox of tips. It will change the way… Read more »

Strategic Leadership 301 S18

The third in our suite of four Leadership Develop courses, Strategic leadership is board members, staff, program council members, ministry executive teams, finance committees, bylaws review committees, strategic planning committees, committees on ministry and any other leaders who need to think strategically. You will gain a deeper understanding of how to focus your congregation on mission,… Read more »

Centered Leadership Part 1 – 001 S18

The first in our suite of four Leadership Development courses, this course (previously titled “Faithful Leadership) is designed for people considering leadership, who are beginning to lead or who have leadership experience in contexts other than Unitarian Universalist faith communities. We will cover how covenant is the center of UU faith, how our congregational polity… Read more »

Future of Faith Formation 151 S18

Semester 2: The Future of Faith Formation We have learned that the future of faith formation requires adaptive leadership. It also requires the attention and engagement of the congregation as a whole. Culture shift, embracing new norms, and bold experimentation is too much for any single person to establish alone. Unitarian Universalists have done this… Read more »

Death of Sunday School 150 (F17)

Semester 1:  The Death of Sunday School The Sunday school model of religious education died in Unitarian Universalism well over a decade ago. Demographic changes, changes in family structures, societal norms, and the role of the church in American life have evolved drastically over time. Yet the Sunday school model that came out of the… Read more »

Unitarian Universalist History 111

Note: This training was originally offered in a semester format in 2016. The training covers a basic outline of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist history, with an emphasis on how understanding our history allows us to be more effective in fulfilling our religious mission. Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie is well-published on the topic of Unitarian Universalist… Read more »

History of Social Justice Theologies in UUism 113

Note: This training was originally offered in a semester format in 2016. We begin with the basic UU theology of social justice, but quickly branch out to explore how specific Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist-based social movements were informed by specific theological ideas even as they evolved new ones. Our focus will be on what… Read more »

Spiritual Companioning for Progressive Congregations (306) F17

An Old New Way for Clergy and Laity to Do Church As America’s religious landscape continues to change dramatically, progressive congregations are confronted with unprecedented challenges, challenges that require fresh approaches to spiritual leadership for both clergy and laity. This course will explore how the ancient practice of spiritual companionship can bring new energy to congregational life.… Read more »

Doing Theology in Public 311

Note: This training was originally offered in a semester format in 2017. An exploration of the nuances of faith-based prophetic witness in the democratic and secular public square. The Rev. Tom Schade is a retired UU minister living in Ann Arbor, MI.  He writes the provocative blog about the intersection of  Unitarian Universalist Theology and the current… Read more »