Recruiting Cohorts for August 2022
An accessible (virtual) 2-year program with companions in ministry that prepares you to be a certified spiritual director in multiple contexts
The Spiritual Direction Formation & Certification equips and forms lay leaders, ordained clergy, and spiritual seekers toward the orientations and skills necessary to be compassionate, creative, and certified spiritual directors. Liberation is the heart of Spiritual Direction and is realized through deep, radical listening practices that reconnect and remember people to their authentic selves and the God of their understanding.
Under the direction of Rev. Tandi Rogers, learners will participate in a program of formation, learn and apply skills, work directly with spiritual direction clients through a practicum, and prepare to launch their spiritual direction ministries. Learners gather virtually every other week for 2-hour sessions of deep listening, spiritual practices, and instruction and engage asynchronously in study and reflection in alternating weeks. Terms are 17 weeks long and meet in Fall (mid-August – December) and Spring (January – May) for two years.
September 12-December 2, 2022
Virtual: A 12-week journey for individual learners to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice through individual and small community reflection and unlearning
Beloved Conversations is a program for Unitarian Universalists seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice. In Beloved Conversations, we are here to heal the impact of racism on our lives and to get free together. Our Within program focuses on the internal work that each of us needs to do as we engage in deeper personal understanding, explore issues of race and racism, extract our souls and spirits from white supremacy culture, grow our individual and collective spirits, and work for racial justice. Small learning communities or “pods” meet by racial caucus.
October 6, 2022 – October 8, 2022
Virtual, and hybrid in Chicago: A 2.5-day conference with leading theologians and activists to equip ordained and lay leaders with the tools to educate their congregations and decolonize their ministries
Imperialist ideology and practice is threaded throughout U/Uism, as well as other North American religious traditions. From the a/theological justifications of our founding fathers to the faith’s everyday practices of money and leadership, the legacy of Empire and its desire to dominate and mark out Otherness has us participate in harmful colonial enterprises. This conference, sponsored by Meadville Lombard Theological School and the Unitarian Universalist Association’s International Office, convenes scholars and activists to equip lay leaders and ministers with resources and practices to live into the promise of radical, post-colonial, and faithful futurities.
Young Adults, Adults, & Older Adults
November 11, 2022 – November 13, 2022
In-person in Chicago: A 3-day workshop that prepares learners to facilitate OWL programs on healthy sexuality in congregations and in the community
Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision-making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curriculum for use in both secular settings and faith communities.
This training familiarizes community, lay, and religious leaders with the young adult, adult, and older adult OWL curriculum and prepares them to use this curriculum in training their own staff, students, congregational members, or community members. Our Whole Lives is based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education, and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).