Harvest the Power
COURSE and PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
Small Group Ministry
- Covenant Groups
This program provides PUC members and friends with opportunities for connection with other members in Fellowship, community building, and spiritual exploration. Meeting twice a month and led by a trained facilitator, Small Group Ministry sessions are designed to generate growth-inspiring and introspective conversation in a small group setting. For more information contact Rev. Terri Masters, email@example.com.
- Open Small Groups
Meets each Thursday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Voyagers Room. Following a check-in, each meeting provides an opportunity to explore the joys and sorrows of being a man in the 21st Century. This is done through sharing of personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Contact Jeff Ordway or Gary Fletcher for more information or simply visit one of the Thursday evening meetings. A second group meets the third Monday of each month at Dick Grannoff's home from 7:00-9:00 PM. Contact Dick Grannoff for more information.
Kathy Rickey and/or members of the Leadership Development Team offers a credential program in lay leadership. The Leadership Academy allows the participant to enrich their knowledge with an individual workshop, to obtain a Certificate of Competency by completing a 3 or 4 course concentration, or a Certificate of Completion by completing the entire 12 course series.
Leadership Academy courses listed below.
- Leadership Academy
Individual Module: Course 101, 201 and 301
Community Module: Courses 102, 202 and 302
Context of Leadership Module: Courses 103, 203 and 303
Vision Module: Courses 104, 204 and 304
Identity Module: Courses 101, 102, 103 and 104
Purpose Module: Courses 201, 202, 203 and 204
Path Module: Courses 301, 302, 303 and 304
101: Leadership Journey
This workshop serves as an introduction to the Harvest the Power program, presenting key concepts and inviting participants to share their own leadership stories.
102: Unitarian Universalist Journey
This workshop deepens lay leaders' sense of identity as Unitarian Universalists by building knowledge and understanding of our Unitarian Universalist history and heritage. Each participant will share their own path to Unitarian Universalism.
103: Power and Authority
This workshop distinguishes between power and authority, and between leadership and management. The group explores the implicit and explicit expectations of a congregational leader.
104: Turning Points and Moments of Grace
This workshop introduces the idea of turning points, or moments of grace—times when events or circumstances lead one's life in a new direction. After identifying personal turning points, participants consider conditions that can lead a congregation to a turning point.
201: Fated to Be Free
Workshop activities invite participants to consider the explicit values, judgments and personal preferences that underlie even the simplest decisions. The workshop builds participants' capacity to choose well as they navigate the challenges of leadership.
202: Caring for Ourselves and Each Other
The workshop helps participants consider how they care for themselves as leaders and how they encourage and model self-care for other members of the congregation. Participants reflect on the causes of personal stress and burnout and on their own responses to stress. They name ways they can take care of their own spirits and practice asking for what they need from a leadership group to help them participate with a full heart.
Participants name and embrace that which sustains and grounds them and learn how this self-knowledge can help them lead from a place of creativity and imagination, rather than reactivity. The workshop offers models to help individuals and leadership teams support and reinforce the integrity of those entrusted with leadership positions in our congregations.
204: Imagination and Creativity
This workshop explores reasons and ways to include many voices in the visioning work of the congregation. Participants learn how to pay attention to voices on the margins of the faith community. When the leadership intentionally invites all members to share their ideas, life experiences and wisdom, the community becomes more adept and creative in meeting challenges.
301: Facing Danger
Participants explore and articulate some of the risks and dangers that come with leading a congregation or organization through adaptive change. Through the ancient, familiar story of Moses, participants consider the challenges leaders face and identify strengths and strategies that can help. Participants express creatively their identity as congregational leaders and share resources and understandings that help them when they face danger in a leadership role.
302: Understanding Systems in Your Congregation
This workshop introduces the idea of system thinking. Participants practice identifying relational and emotional patterns within the congregation as they examine congregational challenges. Looking at their own congregation's issues from a system perspective, participants will apply system thinking to consider healthy approaches to real life challenges.
303: Keeping Distress Productive
This workshop explores conflict and difficult behavior as signs that a congregation has a deeper issue to bring forth. Participants will learn tools to discern and address the emotions and concerns that feed a congregational conflict. They will also learn strategies for responding to difficult behavior and resources for managing and transforming high level or intractable congregational conflict.
304: Adaptive Leadership
This workshop focuses on how a leader can give form and voice to a guiding vision as a congregation works through adaptive challenges. Through activities, readings and conversation, participants integrate what they have learned about adaptive leadership. The workshop points participants toward further learning, reflection and action in the service of the congregation and its mission and vision.
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- 12 Steps & 7 Principles
How the 7 Principles can inform and enhance a 12 Step Program are discussed. This group meets 9:00-10:00 AM the 2nd and 4th Sundays in Classroom 2. This is one of the offerings of the Addictions & Recovery Ministry (ARM) which is dedicated to promoting a safe and supportive spirituality.
- Grief Recovery
Provides ways for dealing with grief; provides support for the process of grief; and provides an environment to meet other people who are grieving as well as identify support systems. meets periodically for 8-week sessions. If you are interested in participating in a group, contact Rev. Teri Masters, via email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knowledge and Skills Development
- Senior Pow Wow to Share How
A self-help group of senior members of PUC who may be lonely, in need of friendly advice, fellowship, companionship, friendships and a helping hand. Monthly meetings occur on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 11:00 AM at the Church which are facillitated discussions and information sharing on various topics such as emotional problems, family and inter-personal relations, other perplexing and distressing situations; medical matters; financial matters, transportation, household and caregiver help, food and diet, shopping, quality of life; and death, dying and loss. Contact Gerry and Chuck Howey, Joani Thompson or Joyce Block-Miller.