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….

Themes of the Week

  • 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

  • Trust
  • Engagement
  • Commitment
  • Accountability
  • Achievement

Key Slides


The following resources were mentioned either in the main talk or brought up in discussion.

Carey McDonald is the UUA Outreach Director, helping Unitarian Universalist values reach more people and respond to the changing American religious landscape. He previously served as the UUA Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and is a former lay member of the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee and the Skinner House Books Board. Prior to joining the UUA, Carey worked in educational policy with the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Department of Education. Carey is a seventh generation Unitarian Universalist and a member of First Parish in Malden, MA and the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio. He was active in Columbus as a youth leader in the Ohio Meadville District Youth Adult Committee and with Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM).  Carey holds a bachelors in Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and a masters in Organizational Leadership from Wheelock College in Boston, MA. He lives Medford, MA with his wife, Sarah and son, Julian.

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