Leadership Experience Primer: A NEW Introductory Series for Congregational Leaders
September 11, October 2, and November 6 (multiple sessions, all virtual)
Participants will emerge from this experience equipped with the foundational knowledge needed for congregational leadership. The series presents an overview of the prerequisites for the advanced Extended Leadership Experience (ExLE), with a focus on History, Polity and Theology.
The cost is $75 per person for the series. We encourage congregations to support their emerging leaders who plan to register this series.
We must have 30 registrations before July 31, 2021 for this event proceed.
Registration will close on July 31st.
Please make note of the dates for this 101 Extended Leadership Experience:
August 10, Section One Course Material Opens
September 11, 2021: LIVE Section One Processing Session
September 13, 2021: Section Two Course Material Opens
October 2, 2021: LIVE Section Two Processing Session
October 5, 2021: Section Three Course Material Opens
November 6, 2021 LIVE Section Three Processing Session
All LIVE sessions are from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central Time/10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
UUA Board of Trustees
Open House Events
Co-Moderators Meg Riley and Charles Du Mond invite you to come and check in with the UUA Board of Trustees at its upcoming Zoom Open House. Open house dates and times:
- Tuesday, June 8, 2021; 4pm Pacific/5pm Mountain/6pm Central/7pm Eastern; Register here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live Oak UU Church Accepting Grant Proposals
Live Oak UU Church is accepting endowment grant applications from June 1 to September 30. The congregation’s endowment was created with the mission of supporting grants that support UU values through congregational growth, as well as social and environmental action initiatives.
Proposals are being solicited from UU congregations, UU community organizations, and their affiliated groups. Start-up groups can apply through a sponsoring UU church. This means you do not have to be a UU group to apply but you do need the support of a UU church to submit your application. We accept grant requests from any geographic location.
Grants are not awarded for the following purposes: debt reduction, bridge financing, and matching funds for other grants.
Learn more, including how to apply, here.
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UBarU Camp & Retreat Center (Mountain Home, TX) has a new Faithify campaign to fund youth summer camp scholarships. Learn more and contribute here.
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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.