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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Centered Leadership, Part 1 syllabus sample
- Centered Leadership, Part 2 syllabus sample
- Strategic Leadership syllabus sample
- Adaptive Leadership syllabus sample
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
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.