Coming Soon: An Innovative Leadership Development Opportunity

2022-23 Board & NomCom

The photo shows some of our current leadership team:

UUSM 2022-23 BOARD OF DIRECTORS & NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Back: Vilma Ortiz, Treasurer; Norm Richey, Vice President; Siobhan Braybrook, Board Member-at-Large; Karl Lisovsky, Nominating Committee; Rev. Jeremiah; Larry Weiner, Secretary. Front: Dan Patterson, Nominating Committee; Eileen McCormack, President; Linda Van Ligten, Board Member-at-Large; Mike Monte, Board Member-at-Large. Not pictured: Abby Arnold, Board Member-at-Large; Beth Brownlie, Past President; Teresa Castelli, Nominating Committee; Sheila Cummins, Nominating Committee; Wendi Gladstone, Nominating Committee.


Under the guiding hands of Program Director Norm Richey and our dear Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, UUSM will be one of five congregations to pilot an exciting new leadership program developed especially for UU congregations. The program represents a unique opportunity for our members to build and deepen their leadership capacity within the life of the congregation and in the broader world. The program hopes to engage with newer members as well as members who are already involved with the work of our church and who desire to take their service to a deeper level.

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Do you have a personal growth mindset? Are you excited to become a more dynamic and effective leader? Are you looking for ways to identify your unique gifts, build deeper connections with others, and find your role in the work of building a better world? You are just the person this program was made for.

The program will open in October with a Saturday retreat. The exceptional congregational leaders who will be your instructors are Past President Jacki Weber, longtime OWL Facilitator Beth Rendeiro, and church leader Dr. Leon Henderson-MacLennan. Monthly meetings will follow, with the additional participation of guest instructors: President Eileen McCormick, Vice President Norm Richey, Past Presidents Beth Brownlie and Barbara Kernochan, and the Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins. The program will conclude in June 2023.

If you are interested, please apply by answering the following questions and submitting your responses using the Leadership Development Contact Form .

  1. What adult spiritual development program or religious exploration classes have you participated in, here at UUSM or in another setting?
  2. What leadership, activism, or service experiences in the broader world have helped prepare you for this path?
  3. In what ways do you wish to grow and deepen as a leader?
  4. What are the spiritual practices that ground, connect, or sustain you?

You are also welcome to speak with Program Director Norm Richey if you would like more information.

Please note space in this first pilot program is quite limited, so we ask that you apply by September 10. We look forward to hearing from you.


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