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Welcome Worship

Keynote

Ministry of Food Service

Speak UUp

A Missional Progressive Guide

GA 2012

Social Media

Engaging Youth

Organizing For Change

Many A Slip

Using the Internet

Practical Worship

Volunteer Power

Building Foundations

Closing Worship

 

You can also visit the 2012 SotSoL Conference in Photographs:

SotSoL 2012 Photo Album

"Standing on the Side of Leadership"

June 9th, 2012

Horizon UU Church of Plano
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2012 Program Schedule and Workshop Details

Gathering, Breakfast and Registration


Welcome & Worship
Welcome: Mark Coomes, NTAUUS President

Photo: Mark Coomes
Mark Coomes

Mark Coomes is NTAUUS President and a member of the Denton UU Fellowship.









Keynote Address:

"One Mission, Many Communities:
What A Post-Congregational World Requires of Us"

by Rev. Ron Robinson
Executive Director, A Third Place Community Foundation, Tulsa, OK


Photo: Rev. Ron Robinson
Rev. Ron Robinson

In desperate hope, we have been asking: how do we save, grow, change our church?

But that is not what we are called to do, especially in the emerging post-congregational world.

  • We are called to get over ourselves and get into the world, to align ourselves with the desperate hopes of the most vulnerable people and places in our neighborhoods, and in doing so growing deeper our own lives.

  • We need to discover our why of being before our how of becoming. Likewise, the church no longer creates a mission; the mission creates the church, and to do so in this diverse world will require a broad bandwidth of "church frequencies."

  • It will also require a different measuring stick for leadership. This is the mission. If we choose to accept it, we will self-destruct, to the way we have been, but we will become a part of a movement that is reshaping our world.

 

Rev. Ron Robinson is the Executive Director of the 67-year-old national organization, the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, and is Director of Ministerial Formation for Unitarian Universalism and an adjunct faculty at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is also Executive Director of A Third Place Community Foundation, a community renewal nonprofit in Turley and North Tulsa in Oklahoma formed by The Welcome Table Church, a missional community he planted.

He previously served as a hospice chaplain, intern minister at All Souls Church in Tulsa, student minister at the UU Church of Bartlesville, OK, and planted the UU Congregation of Tahlequah, OK. He has served on the Southwestern UU Conference Board and its extension and religious education committees, and received the first Von Stilli Award from the Southwestern UU Conference for his work in church growth throughout the district.

Before entering the ministry, he was a writer, editor and college faculty member in English and Journalism. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowship, and other awards and publications.


Luncheon Speaker: Rev. Kenn Hurto

"The Ministry of Food Service"



PRESENTER:

Rev. Kenn Hurto

Rev. Kenn Hurto
Rev. Kenn Hurto

Rev. Hurto is the Executive Lead & Director of Transitions for the Southern UUA Staff; (Virginia to Texas, Florida to Oklahoma, and beyond) he coordinates and supervises the work of his colleagues in four districts of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Their primary work is with congregational leaders, providing organizational development consultation, advocating for healthy congregational practices, and strengthening Unitarian Universalism in our congregations.

For much of his career, Kenn has worked toward excellence in ministry. As chair of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association continuing education committee (CENTER) he established the practice of a convocation for ministers, leading the first of these in 1995 on the theme The Transient & Permanent in Liberal Religion. Later, he served at the VP of the UUMA.

In addition to his work at Harvard, he studied with the late Rabbi Dr. Edwin H. Friedman and others practicing Bowen Family Systems theory. Over the years, Kenn has become recognized and widely sought after for his expertise in systems theory as it applies to congregational development and leadership. He is a certified trainer by Peter Steinke’s group for Healthy Congregations.


SPEAK UUP!! Effective Public Speaking



PROGRAM:

Goals: Becoming more proficient in making announcements and speaking to groups, and more at ease in leading worship.

UU Leaders need to coherently communicate their vision and goals. In this session you will learn the fundamentals for organizing your material into a coherent outline, ways to prepare for the presentation, and explore fun ways to control nervousness. If you have something you are working on – an announcement, reading, or homily – bring it along!

PRESENTERS:

Nancy Bateman & D. Scott Cooper

Nancy Bateman Head Shot
Nancy Bateman

Nancy Bateman Nancy is a life-long UU and has been a member of First Unitarian for 24 years where she has served on numerous committees, boards and even as interim Executive Director. She is a long-time Toastmaster with awards in service and leadership, and has won accolades for extemporaneous speech, evaluative speech, and tall tales! In real life she is retired from hi-tech, enjoying volunteer work in a broad spectrum of non-profit support activities and especially enjoys UU projects; most recent was the coordination of Justice Sunday weekend events with UUSC President Bill Schulz visiting.

D. Scott Cooper Head Shot
D. Scott Cooper

D. Scott Cooper has been a member of First Unitarian for more than 10 years and has taught Coming of Age, YRUU, and is just concluding a three-year assignment as Worship Associate. This summer, he will be working with the First Church ministers to lead a weekly book discussion. He is also an award-winning Toastmaster, with accolades in tall tales, humorous speech, and inspirational speech. In the fall, Scott will begin theological studies at Brite Divinity School.





A Missional Progressive Guide to Changing A Neighborhood



PROGRAM:

Goals: Learning new ways of engaging and serving our community.

A Presentation on the Three R’s of Community Renewal, the Four Paths of Churching, the Seven Spiritual Disciplines, and other lessons that guide the work we do in Turley and North Tulsa, Oklahoma, as we have been engaged in renewing neighborhoods in our area that are the lowest income and have the lowest life expectancy.

PRESENTER:

Rev. Ron Robinson

Rev. Ron Robinson
Rev. Ron Robinson

Rev. Ron Robinson is the Executive Director of the 67-year-old national organization, the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, and is Director of Ministerial Formation for Unitarian Universalism and an adjunct faculty at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is also Executive Director of A Third Place Community Foundation, a community renewal nonprofit in Turley and North Tulsa in Oklahoma formed by The Welcome Table Church, a missional community he planted.

He previously served as a hospice chaplain, intern minister at All Souls Church in Tulsa, student minister at the UU Church of Bartlesville, OK, and planted the UU Congregation of Tahlequah, OK. He has served on the Southwestern UU Conference Board and its extension and religious education committees, and received the first Von Stilli Award from the Southwestern UU Conference for his work in church growth throughout the district.

Before entering the ministry, he was a writer, editor and college faculty member in English and Journalism. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowship, and other awards and publications.



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General Assembly 2012 - Justice for All



PROGRAM:

Goals: Learning what the Justice GA will be like, and how you can be a virtual delegate.

This year's gathering of Unitarian Universalists is not "GA as usual." The focus will be on witnessing and standing together for justice - with as little business on the agenda as possible. If you are going to Phoenix, this is your chance to learn what you can expect at this exciting GA. If you are not planning to attend GA in person, Donna will share how you and others in your congregation can participate remotely. Either way, she will help us get ready.



PRESENTER:

UUA Trustee Donna Harrison

Donna Harrison, UUA Trustee
Donna Harrison
UUA Trustee

Donna Harrison serves on the UUA Board of Trustees as the trustee from the Southwestern Conference. She has been a UU for 25 years and has held a variety of leadership positions in her congregation and district. Donna also serves as the co-director of the SWUUC senior high youth camp.






Stewardship Ministry:
Cultivating Generosity and Commitment



PROGRAM:

Goals: Learning how your and your congregation can have a more effective canvass.

In this workshop, we'll discuss foundations for a deep and sustaining stewardship program. Bring your questions and together we'll explore what works in our congregations and how we might improve our efforts.



PRESENTER:

Jenny Weil

Jenny Weil
Jenny Weil

Jenny Weil learned everything she knows about stewardship at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, where she served on staff as Director of Stewardship from 2009 to 2011, working to increase the Operating Budget even as we closed out a 9.8 million-dollar capital campaign. As a lay leader, she also served as a member of the Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of the Senior Minister Search Committee, and Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. She also currently serves as a Trustee of the Starr King School for Ministry.




Social Media for UUs



PROGRAM:

Goals: Learning some of the basics of setting up a FB page, posting and uploading photos, using Twitter and email, and avoiding scams.

Recognize ways social media can help promote our churches; identify tools to multiply a your message; and acquire practical tips and tricks for connecting and for handling administrative tasks.

This is an intermediate class. Participants should already be familiar with Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites



PRESENTER:

Melissa Jeffrey

Photo: Melissa Jeffrey
Melissa Jeffrey


Melissa Jeffrey, a fairly recent convert to UUism, is currently a member of the board at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort Worth. As a librarian and mother, she believes in the transformative power of information.








 

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Rallies and Lock-ins and Retreats - Oh My!
Planning Events to Engage Youth



PROGRAM:

Goals: Learning how you can have a more successful youth conference.

Planning engaging and faith-focused events for youth can be a challenge. Come learn from experienced youth advisors and a former youth leader as they share how to plan engaging events, what has worked and what has fallen flat during their time in youth ministry.



PRESENTERS:

Anika Payne, Tasha Morris, & Dan Sexton

Anika Payne
Anika Payne

Anika Payne is currently a college student, and has previously led her youth group, planned numerous rallies, and served as youth co-dean for SWUUC's senior camp and the 2011 North Texas rally.





Tasha Morris
Tasha Morris

Tasha Morris has been a youth advisor for five years, planning and attending several youth events. She has served as an advisor for SWUUC's senior camp for two years, and has taught Coming of Age.





Dan Sexton
Dan Sexton

Dan Sexton, a long-time UU, has been a youth advisor for ten years, and has helped plan numerous rallies.









Organizing For Change In Our Communities



PROGRAM:

Goals: Learning new ways of engaging and serving our community.

What is Broad-based Organizing, and what does it look like? Participants will learn the basic elements of institution-based community organizing, and learn more about efforts in Texas.



PRESENTERS:

Josephine Paul with Mahlon Hight

Josephine Paul
Josephine Paul

Josephine Lopez Paul is a community organizer with the Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation, and is Senior Organizer for Allied Communities of Tarrant in Fort Worth. She has organized with other IAF affiliate organizations in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas before her most recent move to Fort Worth in 2011.

She has organized in both rural and urban settings working on many community initiatives. Some include bringing more than $3 million for water infrastructure for Colonia neighborhoods, public education reform, and job training. While in El Paso, Josephine worked to secure funding for Project ARRIBA, a nationally recognized job-training program which has graduated more than a thousand El Pasoans into living-wage jobs. Before working for the IAF, she was a public schools educator for 15 years. She has a B.S. from New Mexico State University, and an M.A. from The University of New Mexico. Josephine is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is married to Eric.

Mahlon Hight
Mahlon Hight

Mahlon Hight is a student at Perkins School of Theology, and an intern with ACT.









 

 

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Many A Slip Between the Cup and the Lip:
Applying Best Practices, and When We Don't



PROGRAM:

Goals: A checkup on the ideals we strive for.

Even the best intended Unitarian Universalists will fall short from time to time. In part, we need to agree on what it is we're doing, figure out what a "best" or "better" practice might look like. Then, we need some way to deal with disappointments, frustrations and out-right conflict when we disagree or fail to follow our own values and agreed upon procedures.

This workshop will aspire to two goals: a) ways to set up better leadership practices & policies, and b) ways to manage conflict early, before the brawls push aside good will and our core values.



PRESENTER:

Rev. Kenn Hurto

Rev. Kenn Hurto
Rev. Kenn Hurto

Rev. Kenn Hurto has for much of his career worked toward excellence in ministry. As chair of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Continuing Education Committee (CENTER) he established the practice of a convocation for ministers, leading the first of these in 1995 on the theme The Transient & Permanent in Liberal Religion. Later, he served at the VP of the UUMA.

In addition to his work at Harvard, he studied with the late Rabbi Dr. Edwin H. Friedman and others practicing Bowen Family Systems theory. Over the years, Kenn has become recognized and widely sought after for his expertise in systems theory as it applies to congregational development and leadership. He is a certified trainer by Peter Steinke’s group for Healthy Congregations.



 



Taking Advantage of the Ripples:
Using the internet and social media to spread our message.



PROGRAM:

Goals: Improve online messaging by all our congregations by exploring our options for coordinating our communications and utilizing the latest social media.

We will examine ways to coordinate and build on our efforts to get the word out to our members, visitors, and prospects using the latest in Social Media and Internet connections. Topics will include taking full advantage of our websites, RSS feeds, email, Facebook, mobile devices and other evolving technologies.
Please note that this will be an intermediate to advanced discussion and experience with the Internet and Social Media is requested.


PRESENTER:

Scott Grey

Photo: Scott Grey
Scott Grey

Scott Grey is a Member, Property Manager, and AV Specialist for the UU Church of Oak Cliff. He also serves as Webmaster for NTAUUS and for the OakCliffUU and related websites. He also recently developed the new Horizon UU website. His non-church activities provide clients with Medical Media services including website design and studio design and installations for patient photography.






Practical Worship 101



PROGRAM:

Goals: Becoming more proficient at planning and leading worship services.

Come explore the basics of creating worship, with a chance to put together parts to take home to your congregation. Those active in lay-led congregations will especially want to participate.



PRESENTER:

Rev. Jennifer Innis


Photo: Rev. Jennifer Innis
Rev. Jennifer Innis

Rev. Jennifer Innis is Consulting Minister at First Jefferson UU Church in Ft. Worth. She is a third-generation Unitarian Universalist from Massachusetts and an ordained minister of twelve years, with undergraduate work in theater.






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Volunteer Power:
Recruiting, Equipping, and Inspiring Your Volunteers



PROGRAM:

Goals: Learning how to help people find their niche in the congregation, and to build continuity in volunteers.

Staff members of First Unitarian Church of Dallas will share how they help people get involved and integrated.



PRESENTERS:

Tracy McShan, Regina Johnson, & Charles McMullen


Photo: Tracy McShan
Tracy McShan

Tracy McShanhas been an active church member of 11 years. Tracy joined the staff of First Unitarian Church of Dallas in January as Director of Congregational Life. She has a 20-year background in consulting, development, and leadership in the business and education fields, most recently serving as Implementation Consultant for Scientific Learning, an educational software company based in Oakland, California, and Director of Training Sales and Operations for CompUSA’s corporate headquarters. Tracy’s work at First Church focuses on stewardship, membership, volunteerism, and service.



Photo: Regina Johnson
Regina Johnson

Regina Johnson serves as the Associate Director of Congregational Life at First Unitarian Church of Dallas with a primary focus on Small Group Ministry. She enjoyed university studies in design and engineering, but decided instead to follow a path of heart in starting a family and engaging in work with more meaningful impact. For more than 15 years she’s been successfully raising a family and building her career in the non-profit industry. Prior roles have included Ministers’ Assistant to Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman and Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter as well as serving as Lay Ministry Administrator with the soon-to-be Rev. Nathan Ryan.



Photo: CharlesMcMullen
Charles McMullen

Charles McMullen serves Dallas’ First Church as Director of Adult Religious Education, a position he’s held for almost 10 years. He dropped out of a Southern Baptist Seminary in 1984 and spent the years in between delivering corporate training and marketing television news organizations.





Building a Strong Foundation for Our Faith:
Capital Campaigns & Planned Giving



PROGRAM:

Goals: Learn some basics for a fundraising campaign, and how people can donate in other ways, in addition to remembering the church in their wills.

Part I:
Traditional capital campaigns include: sound organization, board commitment, an articulated case for support, and a qualified pool of prospects. How many of these does your church have? Are you ready to launch a capital campaign? This workshop will provide information about key elements of success.
Part II:
Why aren’t our churches talking about charitable (planned) giving? We should be! We will discuss why churches tread lightly around the topic or avoid it altogether, followed by solutions to tap that "hidden money" in our congregations.

PRESENTERS:

Paulette Mulry & Kay Maxwell


Photo: Paulette Mulry
Paulette Mulry

Paulette Mulry has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Her breadth of experience includes annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, strategic planning, and capital campaigns, as well as extensive volunteer leadership training and management experience.

Currently, Paulette is Director of Development for SMU's Central University Libraries. Previous titles include Assistant VP at Ketchum, the nation's oldest fundraising consulting firm, and Director of Development at The Lamplighter School. She also served as an independent consultant and grantwriter for several local agencies, including the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration.


Photo: Kay Maxwell
Kay Maxwell

Kay Maxwell is President of Maxwell Financial Services, Inc. and has been a Certified Financial Planner Professional since 1981. Kay is a Registered Representative with UNITED PLANNERS. Charitable giving is her favorite area of financial planning.







 



Closing Worship - Remarks and Rituals


Photo: Rev. Jennifer Innis
Rev. Jennifer Innis

Minister: Rev. Jennifer Innis

"Action Strategies & Plans for Reconnecting."
Daniel Polk & Conference Planning Team







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