a Meaningful Worship Year
Leader: Rev. Susan Smith
FOR: Ministry Teams, ideally: Ministers, DREs, teachers, worship associates,
youth, lay leaders
FOR: Board members, DREs, ministers, lay leaders,
UU evangelists, youth
Why are we here? What is Unitarian Universalism called to be
in the world? What is at the core of our
faith? What would happen if we were
generous about and with the faith? How
could we affect the world? What kind of
a legacy do we want to leave?
this workshop participants will begin where they are on their spiritual
journey. We will talk about Unitarian
Universalism and how we define our faith. We will explore the transcendent values at the core of the faith. We will look at trends that will effect our
congregations in the next ten years. We
will explore the five aspects of growth and how to apply them to the growth of
our congregations. We will talk about
human resistance to change and how to take principled stands as servant leaders
for the good of the whole.
in UU Leadership: Cross Cultural Empathy
Leaders: Raziq Brown and TBD
FOR: Board membesr, DREs, ministers, lay leaders,
UU evangelists, youth, social justice seekers
you've been in a situation kind of like this before.
and a friend are playing a game, your friend does something fantastic. You:
Whoo, that was a good job boy!
Friend: Who are you calling Boy?
You: Come on man, lighten up. I didn't mean it that way.
Friend: Don't tell me to lighten up, and in what way did you mean it?
Universalism is a liberal religion that can allow for
a uniquely multicultural religious space, however when creating
multicultural spaces problems can arise amidst cross-cultural relations.
is the line between Cultural Diffusion and Cultural Appropriation? Is it a
line or a gradient? Some cultural beliefs can be completely opposite to my own.
If I cannot completely understand another's culture is it possible that I could
empathize instead? And how can I do that while avoiding my own prejudices?
In this workshop we will analyze several forms of media from several Non-UU to
sharpen our skills in Cultural Empathy.
Lay Pastoral Care/Chaplain Training Leaders: Jennifer Nichols, Elandria Williams
FOR: youth wishing to become peer chaplains,
pastoral care team members, DREs needing pastoral
care skills, ministers who wish to train lay
leaders, adult advisors of youth
This unique training combines the best of
the UUA’s Chaplain Training specifically for youth and adult advisors of youth and the lay pastoral
care program, Befrienders, developed by Kay Tellekson.
values based training focuses on the following:
confidentiality - when to keep, when to break, safety concerns
appropriate personal boundaries (physical, emotional, etc.)
& self care · Perceiving
and responding to the needs of the community as a whole · Developing
communication skills: inner listening, active listening, empathetic listening,
etc. · Understanding
and accepting different emotional situations · Referral
& community resources · Working
as a team with ministers, professional staff, other chaplains, worship
planners, and conference
and ethical considerations to ensure a safe and healthy community
Administration of Faith Development
Leaders: Pat Ellenwoodand Patti Withers
For: DREs, MREs, RE Committee Chairs/Members, RE Coordinators, Ministers
No matter how part-time the job or how small the program, a coordinated, well managed and smoothly running program stems from competent administration. The amount of time religious educators have for the other responsibilities in their portfolio depends largely on how well they understand the procedures that are fundamental to administration. Whether you are brand-new or an experienced leader, we hope to guide you toward greater proficiency in this important aspect of our ministry.
Overall goals for the participants of this module are to
• focus on the specific, official documents for religious educators
• identify the elements in the administrative role.
• develop the skills for collaborative leadership with staff, the religious education committee and others in the congregation as part of a larger
• strengthen the organizational skills needed for the effective management of data, time, volunteers, risk, and conflict.
• explore strategies for effective communication, decision making and delegation.
Here is the schedule we will use for the module.
8:00 – 10:00 PM Admin Module Session 1
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Admin Module Session 2
1:00 – 5:00 PM Admin Module Session 3
6:00 – 9:00 PM Admin Module Session 4
8:45 – 10:45 AM Admin Module Session 5
1:00 – 2:00 PM Admin Module Session 6