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Serving with Spirit: nUUrturing UU Leaders – Eastern
July 21 @ 1:00 pm - July 23 @ 1:00 pm EDT$400
Do you wish that you experienced your participation in your congregation as an expression of ministry, not primarily an obligation to do your part?
We invite you to a weekend to explore where you find the “springs” which fill your life’s well of energy, and how you can live out of that rich resource. There will be opportunities to connect with and be informed by other UUs; times to engage with others as we learn new and hone familiar strategies; and space to do deep reflection, identifying and strengthening the rich practice potential in your own life.
There are two locations and dates from which to choose! People from across the country are welcome to select the one that suits them best. We encourage congregations to help identify potential attendees and to “tap leaders on the shoulder”, encouraging them to attend and to consider providing some financial support.
This event will begin on Friday at 1 p.m. and end on Sunday at 1 p.m. During the weekend you’ll spend time exploring, with other participants and on your own, through a variety of activities, the ways in which you can make connections between what you do, in service to the congregation and who you are. We’ll sing, make art, sit in silence, talk, chant, meditate and more during our time together.
Registration is $400 (including meals and accommodation but not transportation) and congregations are encouraged to help fund the participation of their members.
Register here: cuc.ca/serving-spirit-registration-east/
Meet the Facilitators
Rev. Peter Boullata
Peter is currently doing doctoral studies in psychotherapy and spiritual care and has previously worked in ministry and as a bookseller, and a writing tutor and teacher in two countries, two states, two provinces, and six towns or cities.
He has interests in post-colonialism, liberation movements, and the spirituality of cultural resistance. Particular interests are the intersections of religious naturalism, process theology, queer liberation, contemplative and other spiritual practice, social justice activism, and the arts.
He describes his calling as helping to equip others to live inspired, powerful lives.
Peter’s religion informs and inspires his hope for a world of peace and plenty, cooperation and compassion, justice, pleasure and beauty. Embracing the scientific story of the universe as humanity’s common sacred text and as an inspiration for living a life of attention, wonder, and praise, he also allies himself with that spirit of wonder, curiosity and sympathy wherever it is found while aspiring to cultivate it in himself, his communities, the people he serves, and the wider world. He frequently joins together with others in Quaker meeting for worship, Unitarian Universalist congregations, writing workshops, storytelling festivals, protest marches, classrooms, and yoga studios.
Rev. Linda Thomson – Congregational Development (Central & Eastern Region)
A Unitarian since 1983, Rev. Linda has a profound love and appreciation for our faith and its potential. She says, “Even though I know, firsthand, that congregational life has challenges, I believe that it can support and affirm people so that they are better able to live lives of meaning. We have much to offer our larger communities. She has worked with the Canadian Unitarian Council since 2002. Ordained in 2013, Linda completed her MDiv at Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Outside of church (there is a life outside of church) her interests and activities include: camping, gardening, downhill skiing, history, amateur naturalism, reading, music, swimming, cooking and general people watching. She is married to her long-time spouse, Gary. They have two adult daughters and one delightful grandson.