A leadership development training program developed by the UUA Presented by The Rev. Dr. John Morehouse At The Unitarian Church in Westport
Participants are expected to attend all sessions in a module, but are free to choose how many modules they would like to attend. Interested members must submit an application form, accessible here. Deadline for applications for the Fall Module is September 18, 2017.
Fall Module, 2017, 4 Sessions – IDENTITY (Sundays, 12:30 – 2:00 pm)
Question: Who are we – individually, as a congregation, and as part of a wider movement?
Oct 1 Leadership Journey – introduces the Harvest the Power program, presenting key concepts and inviting participants to share their own leadership stories.
Oct 8 UU Journey – deepens participants’ sense of identity as Unitarian Universalists by expanding understanding of our UU history and heritage. Participants share their own journeys to UUism.
Oct 15 Power and Authority – distinguishes between power and authority, and between leadership and management. Explores the implicit and explicit expectations of a congregational leader.
Oct 22 Turning Points and Moments of Grace – considers times when events or circumstances lead one’s life in a new direction. Participants consider conditions that can lead a congregation to a turning point.
Winter Module, 2018, 4 Sessions – PURPOSE (Sundays, 12:30 – 2:00 pm)
Question: What ends do we serve?
Jan 7 Fated to be Free – Caring for Ourselves and Each Other – explores a congregational leader’s opportunities and responsibilities in choosing their actions and their responses to situations. Participants consider the values, judgments and personal preferences that underlie even the simplest decisions.
Jan 14 Caring for Ourselves and Each Other – addresses the question, “What ends do we serve?” from the perspectives as members of both a faith community and a leadership team. Participants consider how they care for themselves and how they encourage and model self-care for others
Jan 21 Integrity – considers how our chronically anxious society invades our congregational life. Offers models to support and reinforce the integrity of congregational leaders.
Jan 28 Imagination and Creativity – how and why to include many voices in the visioning work of the congregation. Learn how to pay attention to voices on the margins of the faith community.
Spring Module, 2018, 4 Sessions – PATH (Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm)
Question: In what way will we lead?
Mar 1 Facing Danger – explores some of the risks and dangers that come with leading a congregation through change. Identifies strengths and strategies that can help.
Mar 8 Understanding Systems in Your Congregation – introduces the idea of system thinking. Looks at our own congregation’s issues and applies system thinking to consider healthy approaches to real life challenges.
Mar 15 Keeping Distress Productive – explores conflict and difficult behavior as signs that a congregation has a deeper issue to bring forth. Participants learn tools to discern and address the emotions and concerns that feed a congregational conflict.
Mar 22 Adaptive Leadership – focuses on how a leader can give form and voice to a guiding vision as a congregation works through adaptive challenges. Participants integrate what they have learned about adaptive leadership.
Each module will incorporate a Leadership 101 discussion to address the more tactical aspects of effective leadership.
CLICK HERE for information about the Leadership Development Team
CLICK HERE for application to the Harvest the Power modules
For additional questions and to submit applications, please contact David Vita