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New DRE training webinar

  1. 1. New DRE TrainingFall 2012 Presented by: Nancy Combs-Morgan, Faith Development Director Heartland District of the UUA
  2. 2. Introductions Please introduce yourself by sharing the following:  Name  Congregation Name  Your role/job in the congregation  Congregation Size/Approximate RE Enrollment  Strengths you bring to the position
  3. 3. Roles of the Religious Educator Supervisor, colleague, cheerleader, arbiter, teacher, creator. Discover your own working style. Discover your strengths & weaknesses.  Personality testing such as Myers-Briggs or Kiersey-Bates (
  4. 4. Breaking Down the Role of theReligious Educator Theological: Tradition, ritual, story telling, UU Identity building Philosophical: Faith development, developmental theory Educational: Curriculum mapping, teacher development Administrative: Everything else!
  5. 5. Responsibilities Administrative Program & Budget Worship Special programs/Holidays Volunteer Management & Training RE Committee Communication
  6. 6. Working with Others Minister Covenantal Relationship Understanding Lines of Authority & Accountability Other Staff – think TEAM! Confidentiality The Religious Education Committee  Know when to lead, when to listen
  7. 7. Essentials of Building GoodRelationships Clarity in documents, Contract, Job Description, Evaluation of Program and all involved in making it happen Clarity in who does what task Rotation System for volunteer Lay Leaders Financial and Public Support from Board Leadership Cooperation and interaction with other standing committees of the church Support of the minister or Board
  8. 8. Working with Parents Relationship with Parents  Parents are the Primary Religious Educator Working with parents whose children are challenged Confidentiality Welcoming of new families
  9. 9. Religious EducatorResponsibility for Self Care  Avoid overfunctioning  Seek clarity about roles and responsibilities  Claim authority  Delegate & Seek a mentor  Engage in Spiritual Practice  “D” is for Director not Do-er
  10. 10. Congregational Responsibility forNurturing the Religious Educator  Fair Compensation & Time Off  Support for Professional Connection and Professional Development  Institutional Support for faith development  Shared Leadership
  11. 11. Professional Connections Liberal Religious Educators Assocation – LREDA (  Code of Professional Practices  Guidelines for Professional Religious Educators  Good Offices Program REACH-L UUA Listserve (open to all) LREDA-L UUA Listserve (LREDA membership required) District and regional listserves & Facebook pages
  12. 12. The Renaissance Program Each 15-hour module provides standardized basic training in a specific area useful to Religious Educators in local congregations. The following modules may be taken in any order:  Administration of RE Programs  Curriculum Planning in the Local Congregation  Developing a Philosophy of Religious Education  Ministry with Youth  Teacher Development  Adult Faith Development*  Unitarian Universalist Identity  Worship for All Ages  Multicultural Religious Education
  13. 13. Current Renaissance Modules Curriculum Renaissance Module, Nov. 8- 9; Cedar Rapids, IA. Registration link: Continental schedule on Feb. 28-Mar. 2nd, St. Louis, MO either Adult Faith Development or Ministry with Youth
  14. 14. The Tapestry of Faith Era Tapestry of Faith, the on-line curricula series, is available at The ToF vision statement is a centering source of direction Consider the 4 strands: Ethical development, spiritual development, UU Identity, and Faith Development
  15. 15. The Religious EducationCredentialing ProgramWas created to strengthen Unitarian Universalist religious education through the continued development and professionalization of lay religious educators, and to provide a clear and effective system for standards and recognition of these
  16. 16. Evaluation and Assessment Job description: Clarity is important  Start as you mean to continue! Goals for Religious Educator  Who is your supervisor? Goals for Religious Education Program  Program Assessment/Feedback Personnel Committee
  17. 17. Next Steps Recommended next steps:  Go to and review the Code of Professional Practices  Reflect on the following questions:  Are there aspects of my job description that remain unclear?  Are there areas where I may find it difficult to distinguish healthy and appropriate boundaries? Who can help me with my growing edges?
  18. 18. Questions Are you wondering about….? Have you connected with other religious educators in neighboring congregations? Have you linked with your district’s LRE resources and events…Cluster opportunities?
  19. 19. Thanks… Thank you for taking part in this webinar. Feel free to contact me: Nancy Combs-Morgan, (With appreciation to Pat Infante, CERG, for sharing many of these slides!)