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Leadership Schools for Unitarian Universalists

Leadership Schools offer a residential learning experience that can be transformational. Schools range from long weekends to whole weeks.

There are different formats offered in different parts of the United States by various districts and regions.

Pacific Western Region

  • You are invited to invest in yourself and your congregation by engaging in one inspiring and intensive week this summer at the Russell Lockwood Leadership School. After many years of success in the Mountain Desert District, this resource for adult Unitarian Universalists (UUs) who are new, established or emerging leaders is now moving around the districts of the Pacific Western Region. Lay leaders and religious professionals alike will explore, study and practice what ís deeply meaningful and specifically necessary for UU leaders who wish to be skillful contributors to our congregations and to our local and global communities.

  • Goldmine is an intense leadership school for youth focusing on self-reflection and leadership skills. Youth learn concrete leadership skills, learn to lead a worship in a wide variety of youth worship styles, and work to articulate the faith based grounding for their values and leadership. The day includes youth led worship, silent self-reflection time, and small group reflection time in addition to time for hanging out and playing together! The school is taught by pairs of youth and adult co-trainers. Youth co-trainers are former Goldmine students.

Southern Region

  • The Dwight Brown Leadership Experience (DBLE) offered in Texas in the summer and the Southern UU Leadership Experience (SUULE) offered in the southeast in the winter, are challenging, exciting, leadership development experiences that will enrich the life of the participants, as well as enhance the sponsoring Unitarian Universalist congregation. DBLE is named after the District Executive who helped launch our first Leadership School.Both schools are designed to teach and reinforce skills and abilities for leaders and leaders-to-be in UU congregations.

MidAmerica Region

  • MidWest Leadership School (MWLS), held concurrently with MidWest Youth Leadership School, develops lay leaders in the UU community. The week-long intense program includes leadership, group and system dynamics, UU history and theology, and elements of worship. The program is designed to provide insights, confidence, and enrichment for each participant’s congregation, work, and personal life. MWLS is sponsored by the MidAmerica Region.

Central East Region

  • Unitarian Universalist Leadership Training Institute: (UULTI) Leadership School of the Central East Regional Group (CERG). UULTI is a multi-day residential learning experience that seeks to renew and deepen our understanding of the call to leadership and to equip individuals and congregational teams with practical tools and powerful ideas that can transform their congregation.
  • Goldmine is an intense leadership school for youth focusing on self-reflection and leadership skills. Youth learn concrete leadership skills, learn to lead a worship in a wide variety of youth worship styles, and work to articulate the faith based grounding for their values and leadership. The day includes youth led worship, silent self-reflection time, and small group reflection time in addition to time for hanging out and playing together! The school is taught by pairs of youth and adult co-trainers. Youth co-trainers are former Goldmine students.

New England Region

  • In the past, the region has offered the North East Leadership School (NELS) but currently does not have a residential school.
  • UU Youth and Young Adults of Color Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) is a training designed specifically for UU Youth and Young Adults (age 15-30) of Color sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in Boston, MA. The goal of the training is to equip participants to be leaders in their UU congregation, district or continental committee.

For more information contact conglife @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Monday, April 28, 2014.

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