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September 2018

Flipping the Paradigm: Casting a Vision for the Future of Faith Formation

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
$30

If we are to take parental influence, whole congregation worship, and religious education as 3 areas that have an impact on the faith formation of our children and youth, we now know, that of the three, parental influence is the primary indicator of whether or not a child will remain connected to their faith in adulthood. What might it look like if we focused our efforts and started putting the bulk of our resources towards equipping and supporting families in…

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October 2018

Death of Sunday School Series: Fall Cohort

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 30, 2018

$400

The Sunday school model of religious education died in Unitarian Universalism well over a decade ago. Demographic changes, changes in family structures, societal norms, and the role of the church in American life have evolved drastically over time. Yet the Sunday school model that came out of the 20th century has remained relatively unchanged. Familes report having to choose between spending time together, or going to Church and being separated. Participation in our religious communities should not require families to…

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The Intersection of White Supremacy Culture and the Death of Sunday School

October 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
$30

It is commonly held that change work in congregations is long and slow and often challenging. It’s also no secret that white supremacy culture is deeply embedded in the processes, practices, and decision making norms of our congregations. Could our resistance to change actually be a manifestation of white supremacy culture? Might our inertia towards shifting our model of Sunday School be linked to long ingrained patterns of white supremacy culture?

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The Faith of Black Folks

October 24 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am UTC+0
$30

Culture’s influence on our different ways of knowing and being are understated and overlooked in liberal religious education. The exclusion of Blackness in our curricula is felt personally by Black persons in our local congregations. In this webinar, we will take a closer look at how Black religious ways of knowing are absent in the modern, white liberal church and envision a world where Black wisdom informs how we administer, lead, and participate in faith formation practices. Join us.

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November 2018

Growing Our Faith by Keeping our Kids

November 8 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am UTC+0
$30

Relationships are at the heart of belonging to a faith community. Establishing and nurturing healthy relationships is not only good for the individuals involved, but it is also good for our congregations. How can encourage strong relationships for the vitality of the congregation?

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Developing a Milestones Ministry

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
$30

Milestones are significant moments in life’s journey. These moments can be opportunities to nurture the faith of children, adults, and families both in the congregation and at home. Join us as we explore Milestones faith formation using the framework of Naming, Equipping, Blessing and Gifting to shape a vital partnership between the congregation and the home for people of every age.

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Future of Faith Formation Series: Fall Cohort

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until January 3, 2019

$400

We have learned that the future of faith formation requires adaptive leadership. It also requires the attention and engagement of the congregation as a whole. Culture shift, embracing new norms, and bold experimentation is too much for any single person to establish alone. Unitarian Universalists have done this work before. Those who came before us saw the need to attend to the religious education of children in ways they had never seen before. Unitarian Universalists can do this work again.…

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December 2018

Exploring the Mystery of Adult Faith Formation

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
$30

A.J. Swoboda wrote in his book, A Better Metaphor for Church that "We do not enter a mystery because of what it gives us or what services are provided for us...we simply enter it." How can we better understand this mystery of what folks are searching for when they walk through our doors - and how can we configure our adult programming to best support their journeys?

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January 2019

Sermon [Stage Left] : creating worship in the context of theater

January 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
$30

Often, worship services can feel like a collection of isolated moments. There's the "sermon sandwich" (hymn, sermon, hymn), an invitation to prayer/meditation, perhaps a reflection or two and while all of these things can follow a theme, each still exists independently of one another. This webinar invites you to explore how worship can become more dynamic and engaging when created in the context of a theatrical performance divided into two acts. What would it feel like for Sunday worship to…

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Future of Faith Formation Series: Winter Cohort

January 30, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 27, 2019

$400

We have learned that the future of faith formation requires adaptive leadership. It also requires the attention and engagement of the congregation as a whole. Culture shift, embracing new norms, and bold experimentation is too much for any single person to establish alone. Unitarian Universalists have done this work before. Those who came before us saw the need to attend to the religious education of children in ways they had never seen before. Unitarian Universalists can do this work again.…

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February 2019

Supporting Special Needs in Religious Education and Worship

February 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
$30

Churches are one of the few places for those who are pushed to the margins of society. Yet all too often, we don’t know how to fully welcome those with developmental or intellectual disabilities into our programs and congregational life. This webinar will challenge our thinking, push us out of our comfort zones, and ask us to revisit the mission of our faith as our guide when working with children or adults who are often labeled and marginalized in our…

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Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Impact in Faith Formation (For All)

February 12, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am UTC+0
$30

We teach on land that is not our own, surrounded by a country built on the backs of those largely absent from our curricula. Aware of this, we have offended many with our well-intentioned attempts to be culturally inclusive in faith formation. How do we move from misappropriation to allowing multiculturalism to radically change our faith formation and church culture? It is time for us to get real and have a come to Jesus meeting, join Rev. Jaelynn for a…

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March 2019

Parent Ministry 101

March 13, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am UTC+0
$30

A survey of parents by The Barna Group found that “close to nine out of ten parents of children under age 13 believe they have the primary responsibility for teaching their children about religious beliefs and spiritual matters.” However, “a majority of parents do not spend any time during a typical week discussing religion with their children.” Instead, they “generally rely on their church to do all of the religious training their children will receive.” The report concludes that parents…

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Making the Case for Making All Congregational Events for All Ages

March 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
$30

Young people learn about faith by participating in a community of faith. If they are mostly separated from adults during activities in their congregation, how will they understand what it means to belong to a religious community? Join us to explore what things might look like if children and youth participated in everything!

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April 2019

Coming of All Ages

April 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
$30

As our young people grow into their Senior Youth Group years, we have long been engaging them in curricula that delve into the big theological questions of our UU faith. How can we adapt content from the Coming of Age curriculum to simultaneously engage our adult congregants in these wonderings and wanderings? What does it look like to facilitate intergenerational opportunities for this lifelong searching that is key to a healthy spirituality?

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May 2019

Family Ministry: a panel presentation

May 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
$30

Hear examples and stories from Unitarian Universalist religious professionals who share their experiences in Family Ministry: how they started, what they’ve learned, the challenges and opportunities they encountered, and the difference it has made.

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Drinking From Our Own Wells

May 7, 2019 @ 7:30 am UTC+0
$30

Join Rev. Jaelynn for talk, followed by a facilitated conversation around how our identities shape our liberal religious, spiritual path. How do we practice our deep historical, cultural spiritualities in a faith that is predominately white and Eurocentric? Is it safe to bring our ancestral practices into white space and practice with white folks without these practices being disrespected, misappropriated, and abused? Join Rev. Jaelynn for a discussion and bring your ancestors along with you.

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