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  • Beyond the Orange Dots

    Beyond the Orange DotsEngaging the Congregation in Strategic Planning


    Getting the congregation involved will enrich the process and will encourage members to own the process and the plan. Describes events for large and small groups.

    Presenter: Nancy Heege

    PLEASE NOTE: Much of the material requires permission from consultant Dan Hotchkiss before re-using.

  • Creative Inclusion

    creative inclusion webinarLinette Lowe, DRE First Unitarian Church Louisville KYMost of our congregations do a reasonable job of being accessible to those with physical disabilities:  we have accessible entrances, restrooms, classrooms and sanctuaries.  Those with mobility issues, restricted vision, and hearing loss are accommodated so that they can fully participate in the lives of our congregations.  But what about those who are neurodiverse?  Are those with autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, developmental speech disorders, Parkinson's disease, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and others welcomed as well?  What can we do to help our congregations become informed about and more comfortable with neurodiversity so that we can more fully live into our philosophy of radical welcome?  What will this mean for how we "do" church? 

    Join Linette Lowe, DRE at First Unitarian Church of Louisville, in an exploration of this issue.  Linette's interest in the topic is informed by her Ph.D. work in Philosophy of Education and M.A. work in Special Education, her experiences living with a neurodiverse son and spouse, the work of Sally Patton for the UUA, and the needs of her congregation and the congregations of her DRE colleagues.

  • Intercultural Competency

    intercultural competencyRev Lisa PresleyICUUW International Convocation 2012: Rev. Jill Allister and Creamlimon NongbriIntercultural Competency: What Can we Learn?


    Leader: Rev. Lisa Presley, Congregational Life Consultant, MidAmerica Region. For many years now, the UUA and our congregations have been striving to learn how to be multiculturally competent. Over this past year, ministers and UUA staff have been learning about the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity as yet one more tool for helping bridge what sometimes seems to be wide gaps in intercultural competency.


    Who Are Our Neighbors? Check our Calendar for the Intercultural Competency workshops - there might be one in your area!

  • Practicing Pluralism

    Practicing PluralismRev. Georgette WondersRev. Ian EvisonA simple, useful tool kit for dealing positively with the conflict that is part of the life of even the healthiest of congregations and also will give guidelines for when to call in outside assistance.
    Leaders: the late Rev. Georgette Wonders (right), who was minister at Bradford Community Church UU, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Rev. Ian Evison (left), Congregational Services Director, Central Midwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

    pdf Practicing Pluralism Resources (33 KB) (PDF)