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Resources for Lay Leaders


As a lay leader, we know you probably wear many hats in your congregation. From small group discussions, pastoral care, justice work, to stewardship and development and more, we've got resources to help you in any aspect of your job.

Check back often - we'll update this page as we get great new products!



52 Ways to Ignite Your Congregation
All Are Chosen: stories of Lay Ministry and Leadership
Church Do's and Don'ts
Church We Yearn For
Congregational Leadership in Anxious Tim
Drive Time Essays 1: Lay Leader Wisdom & Support
Governance and Ministry
Greenhouses of Hope
Healthy Congregations
Kicking Habits
Appreciative Leadership: Focis on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build Thriving Organizations
Radical Hospitality: Benedict's Way
Reframing Hope
Serving with Grace: Lay Leadersip as a Spiritual Practice
Tribal Church
When Moses Meets Aaron


Managing Challenges

Beyond Absence: A Treasure of Poems, Quotes and Readings on Death and Remembrance
Love and Death: My Journey through the Valley of the Shadow
The Addiction Ministry Handbook
The Seasoned Soul: Reflections on Growing Older
Uncommon Community: One Congregation's Work with Prisoners
Welcoming Children With Special Needs: A Guidebook for Faith Communities

Military Ministry

War Zone Faith: A Military Chaplain's Reflections from Afghanistan
Bless All Who Serve


Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
Encounters: Poems about Race, Ethnicity and Identity
Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism
In Between: Memoir of an Integration Baby
The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands
Salsa, Soul, and Spirit


Come Sing a Song with Me: A Songbook for All Ages
Las Voces del camino: Un complemento de Singing the Living Tradition
Singing Meditation: Together in Sound and Silence
Singing the Journey: Supplement to Singing the Living Tradition

Religious Education

A Cup of Light: All About the Flaming Chalice
A Lamp in Every Corner: A Unitarian Universalist Storybook
Chalice Children: A Unitarian Universalist Preschool Curriculum
Essex Conversations: Visions for Lifespan Religious Education
Everybody is Important: A Kids' Guide to Our Seven Principles
Neighboring Faiths: Exploring World Religions with Junior High Youth
Seven Principles Activity Booklets: Pictures, Puzzles, Mazes and More
Six UU Sources Activity Booklets: Pictures, Puzzles, Mazes and More
Stirring the Nation's Heart: Eighteen Stories of Prophetic Unitarians and Universalists of the 19th Century
Stories in Faith: Exploring our UU Principles and Sources Through Wisdom Tales
Sunday and Every Day: My Little Book of Unitarian Universalism
Unitarian Universalism Is a Really Long Name
We Are Many, We Are One: A Unitarian Universalist Preschool Curriculum

Small Group Ministry

Emerson as a Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Emerson's Essays for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion
Evensong, Volume 1: An eight-Week Series of Gatherings
Evensong, Volume 2: An Eight-Week Series of Gatherings
Finding the Voice Inside: Writing as a Spiritual Quest for Women
Gatherings: Small Group Ministry for Men
Heart to Heart: Fourteen Gatherings for Reflection and Sharing
Rejoice Together: Prayers, Meditations and Other Readings for Family, Individual, and Small-Group Worship, 2nd Edition
Soul to Soul: Fourteen Gatherings for Reflection and Sharing
The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World
The Sustainable Soul: Eco-Spiritual Reflections and Practices
Thoreau as Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Walden for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Stewardship and Growth

Beyond the Collection Plate: Overcoming the Obstacles of Faithful Giving
Full Circle: Fifteen Ways to Grow Lifeling Uus
Giving - The Sacred Art: Creating a Lifestyle of Generosity
Growing a Beloved Community: Twelve Hallmarks of a Healthy Congregation
Hospitality Sampler
House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century
Ideas for Growth
New Member Gift Set
New Member Gift Set, Spanish Version
Not Your Parents Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship
Offerings: Remarks on Passing the Plate
Pamphlet Sampler
Share This!: How You Will Change the World with Social Networking
The Abundance of Our Faith: Award-winning Sermons on Giving Plus Suggestions for Group Discussion
The Growing Church: Keys to Congregational Vitality
Welcome: A Unitarian Universalist Primer
Whose Offering Plate Is It?


Whose Offering Plate Is It?: New Strategies for Financial Stewardship
Building Your Own Theology Set
A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
Designing Contemporary Congregations: How to Attract Those Under Fifty
For Praying Out Loud: Interfaith Prayers for Public Occasions
Great Occasions: Readings for the Celebration of Birth, Coming-of-Age, Marriage, and Death
Ideas for Worship: Video Workshop: Spiritually Vital and Alive
In Nature's Honor: Myths and Rituals Celebrating the Earth
In Praise of Animals: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings
One and Universal: Prayers and Meditations from Around the World
The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leading Multiracial and Multicultural Congregations
Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us
Sources of Our Faith: Inspirational Readings
Story, Song and Spirit: Fun and Creative Worship Services for All Ages
The Little Book of Wholeness and Prayer: An Eight-Week Meditation Guide
This Day in Unitarian Universalist History: A Treasury of Anniversaries and Milestones from 600 Years of Religious Tradition
Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals
UUA Meditation Manual Sampler
We Pledge Our Hearts: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings to Celebrate Love and Marriage
The Worship Workshop: Creative Ways to Design Worship Together

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Backpacker's Notebook: Exploring Unitarian Universalist Faith and Community
Bridging: A Handbook for Congregations
Come Into the Circle: Worshiping with Children
Coming of Age Handbook for Congregations
Journeys of the Spirit: Planning and Leading Mission Trips with Youth
Youth Ministry Advising: A Complete Guide
Nurturing Children and Youth: A Developmental Guidebook





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