Lay leadership in a UU congregation can be a lonely journey. Often leaders have to find their own way through the maze of challenges and obstacles that confront those who are out front and in charge. But leaders don’t have to go it alone. Both regionally and nationally, UUA staff are developing innovative ways to get leaders the information, inspiration and skill building they need to be successful in their roles.
One such effort in the Central East Region is H-UULTI, a year round community for leaders. A brainchild of the Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Leadership Development Consultant for CERG (Central East Regional Group), this comprehensive program includes online seminars, on-demand resources, virtual peer learning groups (called Process Circles) and local on-site in-person get-togethers (known as Communities of Practice.) This combination of virtual and in person experiential learning results in a “flipped classroom” experience where participants learn online and then share their learning in person with other Unitarian Universalist leaders.
This fall, H-UULTI (which stands for Hybrid – Unitarian Universalist Leadership Training Institute) will offer a variety of courses facilitated by experienced regional staff. Courses include Healthy Leadership, Leading Change, Trends in American Religion, UU Identity, Theological Plurality and Marketing and Communication, among others. The goal of H-UULTI is to help liberal religious leaders deepen connections, grow innovations and enhance their communities’ impact on the world. And, with H-UULTI, leaders don’t have to do this alone.
For more information about H-UULTI, and to register, follow this link: http://www.cerguua.org/HUULTI/
Mark Bernstein is the Regional Consultant for Growth Development with the Central East Regional Group. He never likes to go it alone and believes that the H-UULTI Leadership School will transform the world as we currently know it. He is also not prone to exaggeration.
CERG offers many excellent growth resources. Please check them out! Thank you, Mark, for so generously serving our faith.