Many of us are feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and out of ideas. And it’s still a long way to summer. What if there was a way to get your spark back? In this retreat for UU religious professionals, we can set down our anxieties, reawaken our imaginations, and unearth new creative ideas for spring worship (and beyond).
We will begin with a time of lamentation and deep listening, then move into activities to spark imagination, and conclude with a focus on creativity and worship.
Three retreat groups available to best fit your schedule (one for UUMA members only, two for all UUMA/LREDA/AUUMM members)
Cost: $75-150 (sliding scale)
Best for East Coast and Early Birds (ALL) REGISTER
Please see the grids below for available dates in your time zone; please contact me to book a Sunday with your congregation. (If you are outside the continental US or Canada, please contact me about availability!)
Eastern/Central Time Availability (VIrtuAL anywhere; IN PERSON within 150 miles of DC Metro)
Mountain/Pacific/Alaska Time Availability (VIRTUAL only)
This season, we’ll be alternating between interviews – where I talk to folks thinking deeply about worship – and salons, where previous guests join for roundtable discussion. The conversations will feature various folks in various combination, but will always be lively and interesting.
This week’s salon features the Reverends Gretchen Haley and Madelyn Campbell. We talked about ministerial authority in our sermons, who’s worship for, and how we make space for everyone; we begin with a conversation about how our services begin.
My guests this week are Laura Weiss and Sarah Jebian, music directors, performers, and amazing co-conspirators. Their album, “Not Your Mama’s Hymns” is taking the UU world by storm. We talk about worship, collaboration, hymnody, and big versus small worship.
Their project – notyourmamashymns.com
Sarah Jebian is the Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville and is a proud member of the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM), where she serves on the Conference Planning Committee and as Secretary of the Board of Trustees. In addition to her performing career, Sarah is a recording artist, theater director, producer, choreographer, and voice teacher. Her debut album, Love Songs & Lullabies was released in April of 2012. Sarah is a soloist at many DC Metro area churches and is the lead singer of Keltish (Irish band).
Laura Weiss is the Director of Music and Arts and Worship Coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax and the Band Director for the 2019 UU General Assembly in Spokane, Washington. She has served as Music Minister for South Church, UCC in Andover, MA, was the Interim Director of Music & the Organist at St. Albans on the campus of the Washington D.C. National Cathedral, served as Director of Music for St. Cyprian’s Episcopal in Boston, MA, and she holds a Masters Degree in Education from the Center for Creative Teaching and a Bachelors in Music. She is a former K-12 faculty member of the Andover Public Schools and Lynn Public Schools where she served as instructor for The Boston Music Center, The Kittredge School of North Andover, Musical Theater Director for the SMARTS Collaborative on the South Shore and piano instructor for Bennington College.
This summer, some of my favorite Unitarian Universalists answer one of the Five Questions for your enjoyment! This week, my guest is the Rev. Sofia Betancourt, who – among many other amazing things – is the Assistant Professor of Unitarian Universalist Theologies and Ethics at Starr King School for the Ministry.
Bridging the gaps from generation to
generation in our congregations is a challenge we constantly face, and just
when we think we get a handle on it all, a new generation shows us we need to
First, we will examine the interplay of the three core elements of generational theory as defined by William Strauss and Neil Howe: generational types, life stages, and historical cycles. We will hold for each other the question of where we are generationally as a denomination that is being called to respond to the cycle we are in now.
Then we will explore our own generational perspectives on ministry and congregational life, and through breakout groups and case studies explore changing generational dynamics affect our pastoral care, religious education, leadership, and stewardship.
This summer, some of my favorite Unitarian Universalists answer one of the Five Questions for your enjoyment! This week, my guest is the Rev. Eric Posa, who serves as the interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, CO.
This summer, some of my favorite Unitarian Universalists answer one of the Five Questions for your enjoyment! This week, my guest is Rev. Jessica Clay, minister at First Parish UU Church in Brewster, MA.