UUAMP is committed to providing opportunities for our members to grow and develop. The UUAMP Certification Program as well as our massive library of resources can be found under the Continuing Education & Resources tab. Below we have listed topics of our webinars, book discussions, and in-person gatherings - all chosen to help fulfill our mission of sustaining and nurturing the ministry of membership in UU congregations. We encourage anyone passionate about deepening your skills, relationships, and gaining a deeper understanding of your work to attend these offerings.
UUAMP is committed to helping all Unitarian Universalist congregations do our work better. Everyone is welcome to join the Book Discussions, Webinars and Connections Chats!
Third in a Series of Conversations about Congregational Life in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Building on the forums held in May and July of this year, we offer an opportunity for further discussion and learning on how congregations are coping with life in the era of Coronavirus and their plans for the future.
Facilitated by Mark Bernstein, Congregational Consultant, and member of the UU Church of Delaware County in Media, PA, and Caron Armstrong, Membership Manager, UU Fellowship of Winston-Salem, NC
Sponsored by Feel Good Consulting and the
Unitarian Universalist Association of Membership Professionals (UUAMP)
July Sessions: LESSONS LEARNED?
Facilitated by Mark Bernstein, Congregational Consultant, and member of the UU Church of Delaware County in Media, PA, and Caron Armstrong, Membership Manager, UU Fellowship of Winston-Salem, NC.
This series is co-sponsored by Feel Good Consulting and the UU Association of Membership Professionals.
May Sessions: THE BEST VIEW
****Info and Recorded Sessions - "The Best View: Congregational Life in the Aftermath of COVID-19"****
There is an adage that the best view comes after the hardest climb. When life begins to return to “normal”, what will we see? How will our view of church change as a result of the pandemic and what modifications should we begin to prepare for?
This session was offered three times. Recordings of each session are below.
Mark Bernstein is a member of the UU Association of Membership Professionals and serves as Adjunct Staff for the Central East Region of the UUA. His home congregation is the UU Church of Delaware County in Media, PA. This session is jointly sponsored by Feel Good Consulting and the UU Association of Membership Professionals. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU, MEMBERS, FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR FIRST VIRTUAL PROFESSIONAL DAY IN 2020!
SAVE THE DATE FOR VIRTUAL PRO DAY 2021 ON JUNE 17 & 18.
UUAMP PRO DAY 2020 (virtual) CONFERENCE
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Two-hour event scheduled for 11 am Pacific/12 pm Mountain/1 pm Central/2 pm Eastern
We're honored that Alex Kapitan will be our keynote speaker. Zr. Alex Kapitan is a lay community minister, a queer and trans lifelong UU, co-leader of the Transforming Hearts Collective, and co-creator of the online course Transgender Inclusion in Congregations, which many members of UUAMP have been engaging with this year. Alex previously worked for many years at the UUA’s national office supporting Welcoming Congregation, anti-racism, and social justice programming.
KEYNOTE: RADICAL WELCOME AND TRANSFORMATIONAL CULTURE SHIFT Membership professionals are at the front lines of welcome in our congregations, and radical welcome is even more important now as we navigate our changing world. We understand that true faith-filled welcome is not just about the experience of the first-time visitor, it’s about fostering a deep sense of belonging in all who are part of our faith communities. But expanding the circle of belonging takes more than a checklist of wheelchair ramps, pronouns on name badges, and singing the occasional hymn in Spanish. It takes radical welcome and culture shift that transforms our hearts.
The Pro Day 2020 program - A 2 hour program with an optional 1/2 hour continued conversation:
*Opening & Chalice Lighting
*Welcome & Introductions
*Keynote - Alex Kapitan
~Q & A
~~BREAK- 15 minutes~~
~Code of Ethics
*Optional Extended Conversation- 30 minutes
Registration is $25 for members. Deadline to register is June 19.
We hope to see you on June 23!
Free Resource from Faith Forward!
Faith Forward: From Visitor to Leader is a guided path for congregations to help build connections and deepen in their faith, based out of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas.
They are gifting all congregations the use of their Spiritual Practice series, which is easily adaptable for distance learning, including Zoom. It is a 12-session series that helps participants develop regular disciplines of the spirit - practices that help them connect with the sacred. The series can be share as a whole, or each class can be offered as an individual class. We feel this is a perfect time to encourage our people to explore new spiritual practices and this series allows them to do it with their faith community.
To sign up for the series for no cost, use this link to register: https://faith-forward.teachable.com/p/faith-forward-spiritualpractice/?product_id=634744&coupon_code=SPIRITUAL-PRACTICE.
Monday Membership as Ministry Chats
Join us for Monday Chats at 2 pm Eastern/1 Central/Noon Mountain/11 am Pacific. These Zoom sessions are open to UUAMP members, as well as non-UUAMP paid staff and volunteer leaders who might benefit from some expertise and support on the topic of welcoming people virtually to our congregations.
Join us and feel free to invite others in your congregation who work in the area of membership ministry. Register using this link.
Members share challenges and triumphs in their congregations related to the monthly topic. This series is facilitated by Mark Bernstein, Central East Region Adjunct Staff Member and UUAMP member.
Deep Dives is on hiatus in early 2020.