Turn, Turn, Turn: UUA Southern Region Virtual Assembly 2020
Saturday, November 14
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Central Time/11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Join your Southern Region staff team and sibling Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Southern Region for a day of collaboration and learning! UUA President Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray will be our keynote speaker in the morning. Afternoon workshop include:
- Widening the Circle of Concern with Kathy McGowan and Rev. Nato Hollister
- What’s Next? The Changing Congregational Landscape with Natalie Briscoe and Connie Goodbread
- Small Group Ministry and Membership Paths with Cameron Young and Lillian Drab-Braddick
Registration fee: $20 per person. We hope you’ll join us! Register today!
Toolbox Webinars 2020-21
The Southern Region Toolbox Webinars are compact and efficient one-time training sessions, offered monthly, that support congregations and congregational leadership. Toolbox Webinars are offered live, and recordings of these live sessions are sent to all participants who registered for the webinar. $15.00 per participant. Download a printable flyer here. Learn more and register here.
Upcoming sessions and topics (Second Tuesdays at 7:00 PM ET):
- October 13th, Congregational Stewardship Practice
- November 10th, Dismantling White Supremacy Culture within the Congregation
- January 12th, 2021, Practicing Shared Ministry
- February 9th, Systems Perspectives on the Congregation
- March 9th, Policies and Resources for Safer Congregations
- April 13th, Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Resources
- May 11th, Governance in the Congregation
Energize Your Community with Virtual Small Group Ministry
Embrace small groups to engage and connect your congregation
By Lillian Drab-Braddick
This Fall, focus on building connections in your faith community through Small Group Ministry. Small groups are great places to relate to fellow UUs and get to know yourself too.
In small group ministry, five to twelve folks gather regularly to share, reflect, and discuss significant life topics. Through this practice, we build deep connections with each other and with the divine. We also build strong bonds with our congregation, our community.
This time of pandemic is both a vital time for connection, and a wonderful time to start, grow, or reinvigorate your congregation’s small group ministry program.
This webinar is free but registration (no later than October 12th, please!) is required. Register today!
Introducing Leader Lab
Relentlessly Useful Resources for Leadership Development
As Susan Frederick-Gray mentioned during her president’s report at General Assembly in June, LeaderLab is a tremendous resource for congregational leaders. Check it out at: https://www.uua.org/leadership.
You can go there for extensive training by taking one of the full length leadership courses from the Unitarian Universalist Leadership Institute that are designed to help leaders with the basics of leadership and to help them understand the unique complexities of leading in the context of our UU congregations. Enrollment for these online courses is typically in the fall, winter and summer. Registration for the fall courses is open now; classes begin September 6. For a complete list of the courses offered, both elective and on demand, go to: https://www.uuinstitute.org/course-list/. Courses are $30 each. If you are a member of the congregation and need assistance with registration for any of the courses, please talk with Bob Whitaker at email@example.com.
Southern Region Monthly Webinar Series
The Southern Region staff team offers a series of webinars for congregational leaders and members. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Save the dates for these upcoming webinars:
- Southern Region Online Leadership Experience
Saturday, October 3, 2020, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT.
- Session 1 of 3, October 3rd
- Session 2 of 3, November 7th
- Session 3 of 3, December 5th
Registration for this event is limited. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spiritual Care Training for Congregational Leaders
Companioning one another spiritually is one of the most important ministries of a faith community. It’s often referred to as “Pastoral Care,” which might imply that the Pastor should do all of the care. But ministry in congregations is meant to be shared between ordained and lay leaders.
This robust training has been created for non-ordained congregational leaders (usually lay leader and/or paid staff) who have been endorsed by other leaders in the congregation (the minister, or the board in lay-led congregations). It may also be used as a part of professional credentialing for non-ordained staff such as religious education or music professionals. Ordained ministers may want to take the training with their lay associates, or as a refresher.