UUMA Collegial Small Groups
Friday, November 13, 2015
Posted by: Janette Lallier
One of the greatest predictors of a successful ministry is for a clergy person to be supported by, and accountable to, a small group of colleagues. If you need more of that, consider joining a UUMA Collegial Small Group. The UUMA is experimenting with Collegial Small Groups this winter and invite you to participate. We know small groups are important and needed. Our hope is to find out how to use technology to reduce the barriers of participation in this kind of group.
There are three different types of small groups to choose from:
Collegial Covenant Group
As ministers, no one knows better than we do how important it is to be embedded in a community of trust - our emotional and spiritual health depends upon it. We are spiritually fed by being in a trusted circle of people with whom we can be seen and known, supported and held accountable through all that our ministries and lives bring.
Public Witness Collaboration
With the continuous rise of school shootings, racial injustices, police brutality, and climate destruction, more and more UU ministers are called upon to speak out and bear public witness. This online small group is designed to facilitate more in-depth conversation and skill-building around preaching, teaching and leading social justice and advocacy both within the congregation and in the wider community. We invite colleagues into a rich conversation around promoting justice and being a social witness in the public square.
Community Ministers in Isolation
Community ministers can feel isolated in a room full of congregationaly-based clergy, let alone at a secular hospital or not-for-profit. Your call to serve from a UU context is something that others know about, even if they are too far away to be in regular relationship with you. This identity targeted group's only qualifier is that you are a community minister and feel isolated in your context.
To find out more about UUMA Collegial Small Groups, or to participate in our pilot groups, click here.