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MidWest Leadership School (MWLS) develops lay leaders in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) community. The week-long intense program includes leadership, group and system dynamics, UU history and theology, and elements of worship. The program is designed to provide insights, confidence, and enrichment for each participant’s congregation, work, and personal life.

Led by lay and ordained staff with a deep understanding of UU congregations, a combination of lectures and small group encounters heightens understanding and the ability of lay leaders to navigate group process. Key 2012 faculty will include: Rev. Matthew Johnson-Doyle, minister at Rockford Unitarian Universalist Church, lecturing on Theology and UU History; Nancy Heege, Prairie Start District Executive, and Rev. Ian Evison, Central MidWest Congregational Services Director, coordinating leadership and group dynamics curricula; and Rev. Lisa Presley, Heartland District Executive, serving as school chaplain.

Registration is open to applicants age 18 and older, from member congregations in the three sponsoring districts (Central MidWest, Heartland, and Prairie Star) and to seminary students not yet in candidate status. Registrations are processed based on the date received. Space is limited to 44 participants. Congregations are encouraged to send teams. There is a Tuition fee of $495 for each student. Additionally, the Congregation Fee is $550 for a Congregation sending one person, $600 if sending two persons, or $650 if sending three or four persons. The deadline for registration May 1. Final payment of all fees is due June 1. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by May 15 to qualify. (icon MWLS Scholarship App (108 kB), icon MWLS Scholarship App - Congregation (109.83 kB))

Register online. Or download and mail the icon MWLS 2012 Brochure (80.04 kB). For additional information, contact Jeffrey Reed, MWLS Registrar, 984 Buttermilk Creek Drive, Fond du Lac, WI 54935. (920) 926-1664. E-mail: Registrar@mwls.org. Or Paul Goddard - Chair, MWLS Faculty, (815) 965-3995 or goddard.paul1@gmail.com.

YOUTH 14-18 should register online at www.regonline.com/YLS2012.