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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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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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

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What happens when familiar stories of the Bible meet familiar Broadway tunes? We’ll look at some new and refreshing interpretations through the workhorses of musical theater.

Great for anyone seeking a new approach to the Bible

Worship service, Keynote address, or workshop

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Unitarian Universalists are called to draw the circle of welcome ever wider, knowing (as UUA president Susan Frederick-Gray has said) “No one is outside the circle of love.” But how welcoming is our worship to people of color, LGBTQ folk, those with disabilities? Together, we will examine the presumptions of sameness our very Protestant worship makes and begin the work of expansiveness and inclusiveness in the precious hour we spend together each week.

Great for congregations who want to be more expansive and welcoming

Keynote or workshop

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UUA/UUMA standard fees apply

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It’s easy to get stuck doing the same things when it comes to our social justice work. Give your public witness a jump start by thinking creatively about art-full events and services. This two-hour workshop will get the creative juices flowing.

Great for congregations and social justice teams who want to be more creative

2-hour workshop

Online or in person

Standard UUA/UUMA fees apply

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An assessment of your physical space, with tips for better aesthetics, usability, and flow.

Great for ministers and worship teams                                                                                    

1-2 hours

In-person

UUA/UUMA standard fees apply

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