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: https://zoom.us/j/876011174
  • 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. 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 info@uuinstitute.org.

Monthly Webinar Series from the Southern Region

For congregational leaders and members. No cost to attend but pre-registration is required.

Join UUs & Partners to Stop the KXL Pipeline – Sign up for the Promise to Protect Training Tour

The Promise to Protect Training Tour will train 2,000 people this spring for direct action to stop the KXL tar sands pipeline. See the video here. While the 9th Circuit Court blocked the permit TransCanada has received from the state of Nebraska for construction to start in June, the Trump administration has now granted a permit. The tour kicked off on March 23rd and is taking place in 10 cities and 4 reservations. Native and non-Native environmental justice activists will come together to take powerful collective action to stop the extraction and harm being caused to communities by the fossil fuel industry. The training will prepare people for resistance along the pipeline route and in our local areas. Our faith calls us to heal our relationship with the earth through action in solidarity with those resisting the fossil fuel industry’s extraction and exploitation of people, resources, and lands. Sign up for a training near you here.

Climate Justice Conference: Extending Our Reach

Climate Justice flyerAugust 4-9, Highlands, NC 

This Climate Justice conference is designed to present information about factors that have shaped the human impacts on climate change. These climate changes are directly related to injustices, resulting from the intersection of race, class and environment. Conference sessions will extend your understanding of the causes and impacts of climate change, what climate justice means and how we go forward together. Learn more and register here.

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.