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 bridge again.

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.

Great for professionals and lay leaders

5-content hours for workshop or retreat

Online or in person

UUA/UUMA standard fees apply

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A ten-month check-in and boost for your worship team. Each month, we’ll discuss a new idea/aspect/tool to incorporate. The team will be charged to try the new thing out (and take video); when we meet again, we’ll look at the video, talk about the implementation, make tweaks, and then introduce the next month’s new idea.

Great for established worship committees/teams

10-15 hours, spread across ten months (60-90 minutes per month)

Online or in person

Fee to be negotiated in accordance with UUA/UUMA guidelines

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Even the tightest-running worship team needs a tune up – some new ideas, some reminders, some reconnections. In this workshop, we’ll highlight what’s working, fix what may have slipped, and engage some new ideas to boost your worship.

Great for established worship committees/teams

3-6 hours

In person

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Do you need a worship team? Did you have one that faltered and want to start one again? Consider this four-part program:
1. Consultation with the minister/music director to determine needs, scope, and history. (1 hour)
2. A worship and arts workshop/retreat/service for the whole congregation, with an ask for interested parties. (3-7 hours)
3. A worship team training/startup retreat. (3-5 hours)
4. Six month follow up with minister, music director, and team. (1-2 hours)

Great for congregations in need of a worship team

Session times vary

Online and in-person

Fee to be negotiated in accordance with UUA/UUMA guidelines

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Tired of the same old <insert holy day here> service? Want to shake things up with some creative approaches? Consider a two-session consultation: In session one (usually 4-6 weeks prior to the service), we’ll brainstorm ideas for a new kind of service; in session two (1-2 weeks prior to the service), we’ll distill those ideas into a workable service plan. Note: this is especially helpful for groups in your congregation that may only do one service a year, like youth or a social justice committee.

Great for ministers, worship teams, and other groups planning occasional worship

2 one-hour sessions

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Just when congregations think they’ve got a handle on what will attract youth, the youth grow up and another batch, with different needs, shows up. We’ll talk about what the current generation may be seeking, and more importantly, how to be more agile and flexible in worship.

Great for ministers and worship teams concerned with appealing worship for all ages

Workshop or Short consultation

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Sometimes even the most experienced preachers need an inning of relief pitching from a fresh arm – someone to offer some insight, perspective, and creative ideas. Let’s talk – we can find readings, hymns, perhaps a new way to explore the topic, and find the ‘so what’ of your sermon.

Great for ministers and other religious professionals                                                           

1 hour consultation

Online or in-person

UUA/UUMA standard fees apply

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Most of us create weekly worship for a few hundred or less. Yet there are often opportunities to create worship on a larger scale. We’ll explore what it takes to create large scale worship for your cluster, district, synod, region, or national gatherings.

Great for professionals and lay leaders preparing to create big worship

2-hour workshop

Online or in person

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We are people of the Word – and people of the Words. Yet language is not the only form through which we worship. In this workshop, we’ll explore the power of visual, tactile, and auditory arts to deepen and expand our spiritual experiences.

Great for anyone

Keynote address or workshop

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It has been suggested by some that our species should not be known as “homo sapiens” but rather as “homo religious” – that even those who identify as atheist have a compulsion toward the religious. Nowhere is that more evident than in film and tv, those seemingly secular shows and movies we love (and love to hate). Together, we’ll look at a few places where the sacred crops up in our secular entertainment and consider the questions that arise.

Great for people seeking to make meaning in a modern world

Worship service, Keynote address, or workshop

Online or in person

UUA/UUMA standard fees apply

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