The Future of Faith Formation, Spring Series

The Future of Faith Formation, Spring Series


We have learned that the future of faith formation requires adaptive leadership. It also requires the attention and engagement of the congregation as a whole. Culture shift, embracing new norms, and bold experimentation is too much for any single person to establish alone. Unitarian Universalists have done this work before. Those who came before us saw the need to attend to the religious education of children in ways they had never seen before. Unitarian Universalists can do this work again.

By the end of this course you will have:

  • an understanding of lifelong faith formation

  • experienced an intentional learning community of congregations facing the same adaptive challenge

  • co-created monthly discussion questions to bring back to your congregation

  • practiced communicating with the congregation as a whole

  • engaged in case studies

  • The tools needed to develop a plan for the future of faith formation in your congregation

Registration includes:

  • Five live webinars open to your entire staff team (A recording of each webinar will be made available within 24 hours)

  • Each webinar will be followed by discussion questions and additional resources for use within congregations and staff teams.

  • Access to a closed Facebook Group for questions, resources, brainstorming and engagement with the instructor and other participants

Week 1: The Answer to How is Yes

May 17, 2018 1:00-2:30 eastern

Participants will dive deeper into the questions of why, moving away from the questions of how, explore the effects of consumer-oriented churches, and be challenged to consider saying yes to the future of faith formation.

Week 2: Children as Spiritual Beings

May 24, 2018 1:00-2:30 eastern

Participants will explore the stages of spiritual growth and faith development, paying particular attention to the spiritual lives of children, and the role of adults as spiritual nurturers.

Week 3: Faith Formation for Adults

May 31, 2018 1:00-2:30 eastern

Participants will explore ways in which older adults, parents, non-parents and staff can engage in faith formation practices with children in a beneficial way for all.

Week 4: Whole Congregation Faith Formation

June 7, 2018 1:00-2:30 eastern

This module explores the theory and practice of whole congregation faith formation while considering the framework as the congregation as a learning community.

Week 5: Collaborative Shared Ministry

June 14, 2018 1:00-2:30 eastern

Our final webinar will focus on the whys and hows of congregational shared ministry including a framework for moving forward into the future of faith formation.

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