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!
Join UUAMP for a very special workshop “Please Mom, I’d Rather Do it Myself: Working with Volunteers” led by Garnett Losak, Director of Congregational Life, First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, NY. This is a reprise of a presentation Garnett created at the request of our sister professional organization The Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators (AUUA) for their June 2022 Pro-Days. Garnett will share thoughts on the unique position we find ourselves in recruiting volunteers post-COVID. There will be a time to break out into small groups and, as always, questions and comments are welcome. This event will be on Zoom on Wednesday, October 19th, 4:00PM (ET), 3:00PM (CT) 2:00PM (MT) 1:00PM (PT). This event is free for both UUAMP Members and those who are not yet members.Click here to Register
Garnett Losak is member at-large of the UUAMP Board of Directors. She has been a Unitarian Universalist for over 30 years and is in her 11th year on staff at First Unitarian, Brooklyn.
Join us for ONSITE General Assembly!
Join us for ONLINE General Assembly
with this Zoom link:
PRO DAYS 2022
THEME: ReNew and ReInspire
There is still time to register! Click here to sign up now.
$25 for UUAMP Members, $40 for those who are not yet members
Day 1: Wednesday, June 8 2-3:30 pm Pacific/4-5:30 pm Central/5-6:30 pm Eastern
- CHALICE LIGHTING &WELCOME (2-2:45 pm Pacific/4-4:45 pm Central/5-5:45 pm Eastern)
- INTRODUCTIONS/EXTENDED CHECK IN
- Prompt question: What is something you created during covid and now want to keep?
- JOYS & CONCERNS (2:45-3:30 P/4:45-5:30 C/5:45-6:30 E)
- A time to share our ups, downs, and in-betweens
- Milestones & Millstones - An introductory conversation about tomorrow’s “Task Force” topic on professional transitions.
Day 2: Thursday, June 9: Business Meeting + Keynote Noon-2 pm Pacific/2-4 pm Central/3-5 pm Eastern
OPENING & BUSINESS MEETING 12-12:40 P/2-2:40 C/3-3:40 E
- Chalice Lighting
- Call to Order
- Approval of 2021 Business Meeting Minutes
- VOTE on June 2021 Minutes
- President's Report
- Treasurer's Report: Budget vs. Actuals and Fund Balance Sheet
- Audit Report-
- VOTE to remove Article VI/A from the bylaws.
- VOTE to revise Article IV/E.
- Current wording:
- Proposed edit:
- The Treasurer shall be responsible for:
- The financial records for the collection of annual dues and registration fees for Professional Days and any other monies paid to UUAMP.
- Overseeing the disbursement of funds for UUAMP expenditures.
- The maintenance of the financial records of the Association.
- The completion of a professional audit and communicating results to members.
- An annual report at the annual meeting which will include a financial report since the last annual meeting.
- The Treasurer shall be responsible for:
- Nominations Report
- VOTE on Nominations for 2022-23 Board
- Nominations Doc 2022-23
- The Year of the Task Force
- A quick poll of potential initiatives:
- Nominations 2.0
- Membership Consultants
- GA Team
- Programming/Small Group Ministry
- Milestones & Millstones - Professional Transitions
- Share Ministry: Extending Our Reach with Other Religious Professionals
- What else?
- A quick poll of potential initiatives:
BIO BREAK/ReGathering/Introduction of the KEYNOTE SPEAKER 12:40-12:50 pm P/2:40-2:50 pm C/3:40-3:50 pm E
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Dr. Janice Johnson 12:50-1:50 P/2:50-3:50 C/3:40-4:40 E
CLOSING 1:50-2 pm P/3:50-4 pm C/4:50-5 pm E
- Extinguishing the Chalice
JOIN UUAMP ON ZOOM FOR PRO DAYS 2022!
Wednesday, June 8th & Thursday, June 9th
On Wednesday, June 8th, we plan to meet from 2-3:30 pm Pacific/4-5:30 pm Central/5-6:30 pm Eastern.
On Thursday, June 9th we plan to have our annual meeting & keynote address from Noon-2 pm Pacific/2-4 pm Central/3-5 pm Eastern.
Cost: $25 for UUAMP members; $40 for non-members
There is some scholarship money available. If you would like more information about requesting a scholarship, send an email to email@example.com
The full agenda will be available soon!
Special Program: What can the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances do to support UUAMP Members?
Tuesday, March 22, Noon-1 pm Pacific/2-3 pm Central/3-4 pm Eastern
Join Jan Gartner and Sean Griffin to learn about resources and reminders they can offer in support of UUAMP members as we serve congregations. Jan has been a longtime supporter of UUAMP, and we're looking forward to working with Sean in his new role as Compensation and Benefits Specialist. Bring your questions or just come to listen!
SEPTEMBER 2021 WORKSHOPS
March 2021 Sessions:
Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Congregational Life in the Time of COVID:
A One Year Perspective
with Mark Bernstein, Feel Good Consulting
and Caron Armstrong, UUAMP
In May, July and October of 2020, we held forums discussing the impact of the pandemic on congregational life. Congregations from across the country joined together to share and learn from one another.
As we approach the one-year anniversary of this extraordinary time in our history, and with the advent of the COVID-19 vaccine, we invite you to join us once again to have a conversation
about your congregation’s current status and your plans for the future.
October 2020 Sessions:
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 2020 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 2020 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
JOIN UUAMP FOR PRO DAYS 2021!
Thursday, June 17th & Friday, June 18th
11am-1:30 pm Pacific/Noon-2:30 pm Mountain/1-3:30 pm Central/2-4:30 pm Eastern each day
Pro Days will be held on Zoom!
Cost: $50 for UUAMP members; $75 for non-members
($125 gets you UUAMP membership for one year PLUS the discounted rate for Pro Day!)
There is some scholarship money available. If you would like more information about requesting a scholarship,
send an email to email@example.com
UUAMP Professional Day 1
Thursday, June 17th
Worship & Keynote
Keynote Speaker: Michael J. Crumpler, Director of LGBTQ and Multi-Cultural Programming
Rev. Michael J. Crumpler joined the UUA in early 2017. Shortly thereafter, he was ordained to Reverend in the United Church of Christ. Michael lives in Harlem and is very active in social justice ministry at the historic Judson Memorial Church of New York City and the surrounding queer community. He is most passionate about intersectional ministry centered in blackness, queerness, HIV/AIDS, economic justice, and emotional well-being. (Bio From the UUA website)
Annual Business Meeting
UUAMP Professional Day 2
Friday, June 18th
Creating Friction in your Congregation (It's a Good Thing!)
with Mark Bernstein
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. Learn more about Mark here!
The Covid 19 Pandemic has left many of us traumatized, both individually and collectively as a community. We’ll talk about what Membership Professionals and others involved in membership in the congregation can expect as people return and how to support our members as we re-enter in-person congregational life.
Membership Growth in a Digital-First World with Peter Bowden
Peter Bowden has spent over a decade training UU congregational leaders to use digital tools to communicate, build community, and amplify their congregation's impact. Peter grew up UU at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, RI. Learn more about Peter here!
The opportunity for our congregations to engage with people online, be of service, and grow has never been greater! Peter Bowden will share strategies for adapting ministry and membership development for today's digital/pandemic context. We'll cover approaches applicable whether your congregation is gathering 100% online or embracing a dual online-offline (multi-platform) approach.
with mandi huizenga
"The Meaning of Membership" with Laura Park
Wednesday, May 12th at 2:00 Eastern/1:00 Central/11:00 Pacific
What does it mean to become a member of a religious community covenanted to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning? At Unity Church-Unitarian, we have come to express our membership expectations as commitments we make within, among, and beyond.
In this session, Laura Park, Acting Director of Membership and Hospitality at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, MN will describe these three expectations and how the church supports congregants in their work within, among, and beyond. The session will also include participant discussion and questions.
Join us on Wednesday, May 12th at 2:00-3:30 Eastern/1:00-2:30 Central/11:00-12:30 Pacific!
Laura Park has 30 years experience in organization development, primarily within churches. In addition to her work as Acting Director of Membership and Hospitality at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, MN, she also is Managing Director of Unity Consulting, a program of Unity Church that helps congregations across their country build fruitful governance practices. Laura is the author of The Nested Bowls: The Promise and Practice of Good Governance.
"Reimagining Our Ministry"
with Peter Bowden - UUAMP edition
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021, at 2:00 PM E.T.
(60 Minute Session)
This edition of Peter's "Reimagining Our Ministry" series is for members of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Membership Professionals.
Please register for this event at this link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting access information.
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!