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Leadership Module, Ethos of Unitarian Ministry

The module will begin with a three-day educational retreat (Four-day for candidates for ministry work) at the Regional Educational Center Kuks, which was built in 2015 as part of the Kuks – Pomegranate project on the unused premises of the Kuks Hospital (a national cultural monument from the Baroque era).
 
DATES:
25 - 29 October 2017 (arrival and start: Wednesday evening for candidates for ministry work; Thursday evening for laypersons)
 
INVITED FOREIGN TEACHERS:
 
Rev. Dr. Lawrence Peers
Unitarian minister, coach and professional advisor with a lot of experience in working with ministers, as a leader of seminars for them, and in the development of religious organizations at the local and national level
  • In 1987 he graduated from the Boston University School of Theology and was ordained as a minister (before this, in 1979, he also graduated in developmental clinical psychology from Antioch University).
  • He obtained his doctorate degree in organizational change from Pepperdine University in 2001 and one in congregational studies from Hartford Seminary in 1998.
  • In 1987–1991 he worked as a minister for religious education, the first congregation in Boston
  • In 1991–2001 he was the director of research at the UUA.
  • In 2002–2013 he worked as an advisor (senior consultant) at the Alban Institute (Herndon, Virginia, a non-profit organization that offers seminars for the development of religious communities and congregations and for the education of lay leaders and ministers) .
  • Since 2013 he has been the director of the Learning of the Pastoral Excellence Network (which is an organization supporting the improvement of ministerial services through educational programs, grants etc.).
Rev. Sara Ascher
Executive director of ICUU
  • Rev. Sara Ascher has been a Unitarian Universalist her entire life.
  • After graduating from Andover Newton Theological School in 2000 with a Masters of Divinity she spent the next 16 years serving Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States.
  • She now works with our global faith community as the Executive Director of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU).
 
SCHEDULE
 
Ethos of  Unitarian Ministry Module
Wednesday  
16:15–17:15    Ministry in the postdenominatonal times
17:30–18:30    Ministerial leadership and church administration / lecture
17:30–18:30    Ministerial leadership and church administration / workshop
                     
Thursday       
09:00–10:00    Spiritual leadership and church administration / lecture
10:00–10:30    Spiritual leadership and church administration / workshop
11:00–12:00    Personal role / lecture
12:00–12:30    Personal role / workshop
14:00–14:30    Ministry in RSCU: tradition
14:45–15:45    Ministry in RSCU: bylaws 
16:00–17:00    Ministry in RSCU: inspiration 
 
 
Leadership Module
Friday
09:00–10:00    Leadership and Organization / lecture
10:15–10:45    Leadership and Organization / workshop
11:00–12:00    Leadership of U and UU societies on various levels
14:00–14:30    People in leadership / practice
14:45–15:15    People in leadership / education
15:30–16:00    People in leadership/ workshop
                                                                                                         
Saturday                                                                                           
9:00–10:00     Conflict as an opportunity
10:15–11:15   Administration and finances / lecture
11:30–12:00   Administration and finances / workshop
14:00-15:00    RSCU and financial agenda: history, presence, future
15:15–15:45   RSCU and financial agenda: discussion
                                                                                                         
Sunday                                                                                              
10:00–11:00    Working with volunteers
11:15–12:15   RSCU and its leadership – mission, principles, goals
12:30–13:00   RSCU and its leadership – bylaws, structure, congregations