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Welcome! How to Host a Renaissance Module or an Our Whole Lives Training July, 2016
Presenters Pat Kahn Children and Families Programs Director, UUA FDO Dr. Melanie Davis Our Whole Lives Program Associate, UUA FDO Host Susan Lawrence Managing Editor, UUA FDO
Opening Words Hospitality is always an act that benefits the host even more than the guest. …By offering hospitality, one participates in the endless reweaving of a social fabric on which all can depend--thus the gift of sustenance for the guest becomes a gift of hope for the host. Parker J. Palmer The Courage to Teach
Goals for the Webinar • Clarify how Renaissance modules and OWL trainings are planned (while there are many similarities, there also key differences) • Encourage individual congregations or groups to host a training in their area and provide tools and guidance to help you do so
Renaissance modules – A new, UUA-wide agreement As per the January, 2016 agreement re: Renaissance modules with Rev. Scott Taylor, Director of Congregational Life, and the five Regional Leads: Each regional team will: 1. Ensure that at least 2 Renaissance modules are offered in their region every year 2. Provide registrar services (registration and collecting money) to all module organizers as requested
Renaissance Module agreement, cont. Joint commitments of the Regional Teams and the UUA Renaissance Office: • Expand online offerings (adapt 2 existing modules) • Expand the approved Renaissance module leader list • Update the Renaissance module Planning Guide • Survey and report on Renaissance program
6 Steps to Planning a Ren. Mod. 1. Start planning as early as possible and put together a team! Designate an overall module coordinator. 2. Decide which module and possible dates and consult your Regional Team to avoid duplication. Then, contact Pat Kahn at [email protected] org to discuss formats, approved leaders and potential new leaders, and other logistics to consider. 3. Once you’ve confirmed the leaders/dates, determine what you must charge in order to cover all costs. Pat Kahn can walk you through the Renaissance Planning Guide budget worksheet (currently being revised): http: //www. uua. org/careers/re/renaissance/24994. shtml
6 Steps to Planning a Ren. Mod. 4. Develop timeline and task list based on budget decisions (e. g. home hospitality or conference center? Catered meals or volunteers prepare? ). Consult Pat Kahn and/or the Planning Guide. 5. Once you have set the details—location, leaders, fees, registration website (regional team—complete the module request form to place the module on the UUA calendar: http: //www. uua. org/careers/re/renaissance/module-request 6. Consult your timeline and task list leading up to and after the module. Consult Pat Kahn with any questions.
OWL Training: How do I start? • Download online Planning Guide • Determine budget • Decide whether to have a co-sponsor • Select training dates/location • Contact District to avoid duplication • Request Trainer Directory: [email protected] org • Engage two trainers • Identify registrar • Set registration deadline ~ 2 weeks before event • Promote training
OWL Training Host Responsibilities • Reserve training space • Share lodging options with trainers and participants • Plan catering • Acquire supplies requested by trainers • Use Official Training Roster for registration • Send registration confirmation letter to participants • Identify liaison/problem-solver during training
OWL Trainers’ Responsibilities • Provide list of supplies to host • Provide training agenda • Send welcome letter 7 -10 days in advance • Arrive ahead of training to set up the space • Conduct training and assessment • Have all participants complete online evaluations • Send participant contact data/status to UUA • Contact DRE or other supervisory staff if a participant is not approved or is approved pending supervision • Contact UUA and/or UCC OWL staff if significant concerns arise
Determining OWL training costs and handling the money • Should registration fees offset all event costs? • Will you cater all meals, or are eateries accessible to all? • Do you need to make a profit? • What is your registration and money handling process? • Do you have an online registration/payment option? • By what date will you commit to buying trainer travel tickets? • Who will deliver checks to the trainers at the training?
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Closing Words We leave blessed by our connections to one another, to the spirit of life. Walk lightly that you see the life that is below your feet. Spread your arms as if you had wings and could dance through the air. Feel the joy of the breath in your lungs and the fire in your heart. Live to love and be a blessing on this earth. -- Susan Karlson
Next FDO Webinar Recap: Innovation in Faith Development Roundtable Jessica York, UUA Faith Development Director Tues. August 23 at 1 pm Eastern or, Wed. August 24 at 9 pm Eastern www. uua. org/re/teachers/webinars
Thanks for attending the Faith Development Office webinar. This webinar has been recorded and will be posted online at www. uua. org/re/teachers/webinars