Many Unitarian Universalists experience a deepening commitment to their faith and congregation as a call to accept a position of leadership. This workshop focused on helping lay leaders grow in spirit as they grow as leaders. Webinar presented by the Rev. Phillip Lund on October 1, 2011.
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A 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.
Presenters: Judith Frediani (right), Resource Development Director of UUAs Ministries and Faith Development, joins Nancy Combs-Morgan (left), Faith Development Director, Heartland District (since 2013, Congregational Life Consultant for MidAmerica Region UUA).
Tapestry of Faith is an online series of programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love. These resources are being developed out of a broad series of conversations that articulated a future direction for Unitarian Universalist religious growth and learning and denomination-wide focus groups which helped shape a program that would offer a variety of resources - downloadable, printed, viewable, interactive, and more – a religious growth and learning program for the twenty-first century. We’ll highlight the super resources in the Tapestry of Faith curriculum and discuss the Tapestry of Faith vision statement and how it can be a vision statement for lifespan faith development in your congregation.
A key tension within our congregations, especially our growing congregations, is need for greater depth and range of lay leadership. This is perhaps being felt even more acutely in this period of post-recession financial strain where increasing professional staff is not an option. To meet this need congregations have been restructuring nominating committees into leadership development teams—broadening the charge of the group beyond filling a few key positions to stewardship of leadership development, intentional focus on growing new leaders.
This workshop was an opportunity for congregational teams to share the work they are doing in this area and to hear about emerging best practices for work in this area, including both examples of what has been working and points where there have been challenges.
Ian Evison, Congregational Services Director for the Central Midwest District, and Patricia D’Auria convened this discussion. Patricia D’Auria is a consultant with the CMwD and is part of a task force working on these issues at UU Church West in Brookfield, WI.
From Nominating Committees to Leadership Development Teams
Online UU Resources on the Subject:
Harvest the Power: Developing Lay Leadership Tapestry of Faith Curriculum
Leadership Development in the Large Congregation by Stefan Jonasson
Nominating Committee: Making It Work for You, Don Skinner 2001,
Colorado Church Treats Volunteers with Care, Don Skinner, 2005,
Get The Most From Your Nominating Committee, Don Skinner, 2006,
Leadership Starts With Ownership, Don Skinner, 2009,