Welcome to the Star Island Lifespan Religious Education Week 2015 Collaborative Leadership audio program!  This resource was made possible by grant from the Liberal Religious Educators Association 21st Century Fund. We are grateful for this support and the opportunity to share our learning with you.  We hope this resource will serve as a catalyst for breathing a new spirit of collaboration into your teams, our congregations and larger faith.

Save the Date: We hope you’ll  join us July 16- 23 for our 2016 conference Sustainability + Faith : A New Way of Living featuring Unitarian Universalist seminarian, leader and activist Tim DeChristopher.

How to Listen

Below you will find an overview of the program followed by links to pages with each of the 9 audio tracks and their show notes.  You may listen on these pages or by using these following links. Our full program runs 7 hours and 15 minutes. Enjoy and please share!

Program Overview

Exploring themes related to our changing world, the changing nature of church, the critical role of great collaboratie teams in navigating these changes, and religious education as a growth strategy, this program features talks and panel discussions with Carey McDonald, Patricia Infante, Starr Austin, Andrea Lerner, Patricia Hart, Cathy Seggel, and Pat Humphries & Sandy O. of Emma’s Revolution, plus a wrap up conversation with Carey McDonald and Peter Bowden. Full show notes including speaker bios and mentioned resources may be found on the pages for each of the 9 program audio tracks listed below.

Host and Emcee

Carey McDonald, UUA Outreach Director, serves as host and emcee for our program.  In addition to offering the first and last theme talks, Carey introduces daily values of great teams (see below),  introduces our other theme talk presenters,  and follows them with a tool of the day.

Themes of the Week

The following are the themes woven throughout our 2015 conference and this audio program.

  • The world is changing, church is changing
  • Collaborative, effective teams are a key to thriving in this new era
  • Religious Education is a growth strategy

Values of Great Teams
The week is built around 5 values of great collaborative teams inspired by the work of  Patrick  Lencioni who wrote the books The Advantage and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.  Carey McDonald flips Lincioni’s five dysfunctions, offering us the following five values:

  • Trust
  • Engagement
  • Commitment
  • Accountability
  • Achievement

We worked to make sure our speakers verbally described any slides shown during their presentations.  The following PDFs contain slides of our program THEMES, VALUES and the “Spectrum of Faithful Relationship” Carey explores in depth in his final talk.  You will get even more out of this program if you print these out to reference.

Full  Program with Show Notes

Each episode page contains the audio track,  bios for presenters and panel participants, as well as any resources, videos and tools mentioned.

THEME TALK 1 – Carey McDonald
Carey McDonald, UUA Outreach Director, shares the overarching themes for the week and  presents five values of great teams inspired by the work of  Patrick Lencioni.   Carey makes the case that given the changes in today’s world,  having great collaborative teams is critical.  He explores how great collaborative teams are a key to our leaders being able to experiment, learn, adapt and grow together.   In this overview, and over the course of the week, Carey explains how the five stated values of great teams must be developed if teams are to realize their potential. And it all starts with trust….

THEME TALK 2 – Pat Infante with host Carey McDonald
Based on her  “Leadership Styles: Personality, Identity and Strategies in Work Relationships” workshop, Patricia Infante explores the role knowing ourselves plays in great teams and how this relates to trust.

THEME TALK 3 – Starr Austin and Andrea Lerner, with host Carey McDonald
Starr Austin and  Andrea Lerner, both leaders of the UU Identity Renaissance Module, explore Unitarian Universalist identity formation as a process,  highlighting ways the process unfolds,  and how we might foster it.

PANEL DISCUSSION 1 – Carey McDonald, Starr Austin, Pat Infante and Andrea Lerner
Our panelists explore their experiences with great collaborative staff teams, the power of theme based ministry to align congregational teams and programs making  collaboration easier to accomplish, the challenges of moving teams in the direction of collaboration when they are presently far from that state, and responses to other submitted questions.

THEME TALK 4 – Patricia Hart and Cathy Seggel, with host Carey McDonald
Patricia Hart and Cathy Seggel offer a talk based on their workshop “Building a New Way – Collaborative Leadership for a Changing Time” drawing from the work of the LREDA/ UUMA/ UUMN Task Force for Excellence in Shared Ministry.  As culture changes, congregations must change as well.  New leadership models are needed for religious professionals (ministers, religious educators and musicians) and lay leaders, working collaboratively – using different skills, and a shared understanding of systems theory.

PANEL DISCUSSION 2 – Carey McDonald, Sandy O., Pat Humphries, Patricia Hart, and Cathy Seggel
During the conference two of the workshops embarked on an unexpected collaboration.  The “Building a NewWay – Collaborative Leadership for a Changing Time” workshop led by Patricia Hart and Cathy Seggel joined with the “Inspiring the Revolution!: Intuitive Collaboration Through Music” led by Pat Humphries & Sandy O. (Emma’s Revolution) to create an evening chapel service.  Our panelists discuss the process, challenges and their insights from the experience.

THEME TALK 5 – Pat Humphries and Sandy O., with host Carey McDonald
Pat Humphries and Sandy O. of Emma’s Revolution lead an interactive theme talk based on their workshop “Inspiring the Revolution! Intuitive Collaboration Through Music.” They discuss music as a medium to draw together disparate groups to create larger, stronger, more diverse communities and movements for social justice. We also experience creative harmonizing, with its perfect collaborative leadership balance of contributing and listening. The talk concludes with  the story of how their song “Peace Salaam Shalom” came to be sung and shared across the world.

THEME TALK 6 – Carey McDonald
Carey McDonald goes into depth about “Entry Points” into Unitarian Universalism and what we need to do in order to move people along a “Spectrum of Faithful Relationship” from being CURIOUS, to being WELCOMED, then CONNECTED,  ENGAGED and finally, becoming fully INTEGRATED leaders.

WRAP UP – Peter Bowden and Carey McDonald
Inspired by the week and the buzz around Carey’s final theme talk, Peter Bowden sits down with Carey to go even deeper into the “Spectrum of Faithful Relationship” and why great teams  are critical to the innovation we must be engaging in if Unitarian Universalism is not only to survive, but to thrive.

Again, this resource was made possible by grant from the Liberal Religious Educators Association 21st Century Fund. 


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