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Tina LewisWelcoming visitors is often seen as the most important aspect of the ministry of hospitality, but retaining members is just as, if not more, important to our long-term vitality. Most congregations struggle with “the revolving door” from time to time. Join Tina Lewis, Membership Director at Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL, to learn about a successful new program they developed last year and are refining to offer again soon.

Host: MidAmerica Congregational Life Consultant Dori Thexton

Major General Amy S Courter CAP USAFXWith guest Amy S Courter, host Lisa Presley

Change is happening all around us, but intentional change in congregational life can be very difficult. Learn about how to manage complex change, and motivate others to be part of the change with you. Amy S Courter is the Chief Operating Officer of Dynamic Computer Corporation, and has been a change agent in both for profit and not for profit sectors for over 25 years. She led the Civil Air Patrol as their National Commander, helping transform the organization of 61,000 members.

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.

Rev Lisa Presley 2015 Selmarev julie taylor 2Before Disaster Strikes thumbnailJoin Julie Taylor, a member of the UU Trauma Response Ministry, and Lisa Presley, MidAmerica Staff person and responder, as they discuss what a congregation can, and should do, to prepare themselves for disasters, whether natural or human caused.

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