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  • 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.

  • 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)

  • Welcoming the Stranger

    Welcoming the Stranger Webinar thumbnail smFacilitator: Lori Emison Clair

    Now, more than ever, it’s important to be truly welcoming to the strangers who come through our congregations' doors. This webinar will present one example of a successful visitor welcoming process used by a growing a UU congregation.

    Lori Emison Clair worked at First Unitarian Church in Des Moines from 2004 to 2015, first as Membership Coordinator, then as Director of Congregational Life. During that time First Unitarian’s membership grew from 240 to 539. Lori also helped form the Unitarian Universalist Association of Membership Professional (UUAMP), serving that organization in several capacities. She currently is working as a consultant with congregations throughout the UUA.