The New UU

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The New UU

  1. 1. Midwest UU Leadership Presents The New UU
  2. 2. This Conference Is Being Recorded
  3. 3. The New UU:A Tapestry of Faith Curriculum Rev. Jonalu Johnstone First Unitarian Church Oklahoma City
  4. 4. Tapestry of Faith• Story-based• Experience-based: Workshops and Activities• The 4 Strands – Spiritual Development – Ethical Development – UU Identity Development – Faith Development
  5. 5. Why a Membership Class?• Clarity in a path to membership keeps people from falling through the cracks• Retention rates are higher for people who have gone through a class• Low expectations = low commitment; High expectations = high commitment
  6. 6. Goals of the New UU• Introduce Unitarian Universalism• Equip newcomers for a decision about membership• Provide information about UU worship, theology, history, social justice, religious education, and governance• Provide resources for further exploration• Facilitate integration into the congregation
  7. 7. Accessing the New UU• http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/ne wuu/index.shtml• Or search uua.org for Tapestry of Faith, and select Adult Programs
  8. 8. Restructuring for Your Setting• Options in the Curriculum – Set up as 6 90-minute workshops – Adaptations for 60-minute workshops (in Introduction for each workshop) – Weekend workshop (under Implementation in Introduction to The New UU) – Half-day workshop (also under Implementation)• Be Creative• Use as a resource to create your own class• Frequency -- at least yearly
  9. 9. Practicing Our Theological Approach• Sentence Starters and Intro Questions• Bringing in multiple voices – Links newcomers with established members – Inspires energy and deepens connections• Cathedral of the World (Workshop 1)
  10. 10. Inviting Panelists• Outside participation in every workshop• Introduction (“Before You Start”)• Select panelists who have a story to tell and relate it well• How to invite volunteers• If you don’t use other panels, use Workshop 6, Alternate Activity 2
  11. 11. WorkshopsWorkshop 1: Theology and WorshipWorkshop 2: Where Do We Come From? Unitarian Universalist Roots・Workshop 3: How We Grow in Faith ム Philosophy of Religious EducationWorkshop 4: Social Justice Philosophy and Practice・Workshop 5: How Are Decisions Made? Governance and Polity・Workshop 6: Membership・
  12. 12. Rights and Responsibilities of Membership• Regular attendance at worship• Voting at congregational meetings• Making financial contributions• Contributing time and talent• Spiritual growth and development
  13. 13. Fitting “The New UU” into Your Existing Program• Coordination with minister(s), Membership Committee, Lifespan Faith Development or Religious Education, and other• Inviting participants -- personally and institutionally• Is the class a requirement?• Follow-up: New Member Recognition – In worship – Publications & website – Events
  14. 14. Q&A

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