Introducing Leader Lab

Relentlessly Useful Resources for Leadership Development

What would Unitarian Universalism look like if we trained our lay leaders as highly as we train other religious professionals such as ministers and religious educators? We would no longer be able to joke that we’re too disorganized to be called “organized religion.”Your UUA Congregational Life staff has been working on a variety of online resources for lay (and professional!) leaders, and it’s now ready for its Beta release.Start here to find a searchable database of leadership resources, board member training, leadership development planning for your congregation, online leadership courses, a live webinar listing, and more!

Virtual Open Office Hours

We invite you to come and talk with us as we begin hosting monthly virtual open office hours from Office hours sign7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (EST) on the fourth Thursday of each month (except November and December, due to holiday schedules). This will be an open Zoom meeting:

  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
  • Join from Telephone: US: +1 646 558 8656or +1 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 876 011 174

New to Zoom? Learn more here.

Feel free to drop in to introduce yourself, say hello, ask a question, share some good news, or fill us in on congregational updates on January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, and June 27. We look forward to seeing you!

Registration Is Open for Spring Online Leadership Courses

Deeper than a single webinar or workshop, the UU Leadership Institute offers core leadership courses online with on-demand materials. They are perfect for the congregation who wants to learn together at an affordable cost—only $30 per course per semester. Courses open on January 25, 2019. For more information contact

Monthly Webinar Series from the Southern Region

For congregational leaders and members. No cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Save the dates for these webinars:

  • Stewardship, January 17, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time. Planning Your Pledge Drive – Late! Your pledge drive needs to happen soon, but it is late and you still don’t have a drive leader, or maybe just got one in place! We will present 11th-hour strategies and learn from each other’s experiences. Register here.
  • Justice, February 20, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Eastern Time.
    Strengthening Your Congregation’s Justice Work
    Is your congregation committed to justice, and looking for ways to deepen that work in the world? Join UUSC Senior Grassroots Organizer Hannah Hafter to discuss effective models of congregational social justice organizing, and hear an inspiring example of a partnership between a North Carolina UU congregation and a local immigrant justice organization. Whether your focus is on immigrant rights, racial justice, voter suppression, economic justice, or something else, the tools and strategies offered here will help you take your congregation’s justice work to the next level. Speakers: Hannah Hafter, UUSC; Allison Mahaley, Love Resists and UU Congregation of Hillsborough, NC; and Marco Cervantes, Apoyo. Register here.
  • Leadership Resources, March 21, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time. Registration opens soon.

Meet Your Southern Region Staff

Leadership Experiences

Sending a team to a Leadership Experience is an investment in the future of the congregation and in the future of Unitarian Universalism.

The Southern Region hosts several Leadership Experiences (LEs) each year; one residential and some extended over the course of multiple weekends. All LEs provide a full five days of Unitarian Universalist leadership for teams from congregations.

Congregations are strongly encouraged to invest in the leadership of marginalized persons by nominating leaders of color and different ability statuses, youth, and young adults as part of their teams. As we deepen our commitment to the Movement for Black Lives, we affirm that black leadership matters. All Leadership Experiences in the Southern Region welcome participants ages 16 and up, and the Southern Region Staff is committed to assuring that Youth and Young Adults are fostered in leadership positions not just in Youth and Young Adult Groups, but in the congregation as a whole.