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LEADERSHIP AND SPIRITUALITY -- Keynote address by Rev. Marilyn Sewell

Rev. Marilyn SewellI've been asked to speak about leadership and spirituality. What is the relationship between these two concepts, I began to ask myself. Are they compatible, or is “spiritual leadership” an oxymoron? Let me explain: spirituality is not essentially pragmatic, leading to a goal. It is a relationship, a relationship with the Mystery. It is about listening and yielding, about opening and softening, about letting go. The fruits of the spirit are classical through the ages, and similar, no matter what the faith tradition: humility, compassion, gratitude, kindness, presence, and generosity of spirit. In contrast, leaders are generally thought to be tough—powerful and unyielding, strong of ego, passionate about their vision, thrusting boldly where none have dared to go. I ask you – are these concepts compatible? Is spirituality from Venus and leadership from Mars?

Rev. Brian Covell, Third Unitarian ChurchService and Message
CMwD DA Opening Worship and Ceremony
Oak Brook, IL
Friday, April 26, 2012

Entering Music: Piano Blues No. 4

Prelude and Choral Anthem: Spirit of Life

Chalice Lighting
We light this chalice recalling the Unitarian desire for freedom against any oppression, and in memory of the Universalist belief that God's love knows no bounds.

Opening Words
Somebody once said, “We need a space program because we need explorers. Its in our souls.”  Liberal religion in the Midwest used to be known as the pioneering faith, on the edge of the American cultural frontier.  Will this endure as a value for us, a part of the spiritual discipline of leadership?

ChaliceLighters-color-logoDistrict Assembly 2012: Short clips:
Dori Thexton presents Chalice Lighter Grant to Chicago Area UU Council for continuing work presenting UU sermons on WCPT, Chicago's Progressive Talk 820AM.

marilyn-sewell-from-oregonliveDistrict Assembly 2012: Healthy Approaches to Leadership & Power …In this workshop, Rev. Marilyn Sewell expanded on her keynote themes. We delved into power issues more deeply, according to the questions and concerns of the participants, and also considered specific power conflicts and how they might be approached.

Video consists of a Question and Answer session prior to working in small groups. The first question was about dealing with difficult people.

Rev. Hilary KrivcheniaDan WisemanDistrict Assembly 2012: Home Grown Leadership - Harvesting our Power … Countryside Church is pilot testing a 9 session leadership development initiative for current and emerging leaders using the UUA's Harvesting the Power and some secular materials (Kouzes/Pouzner). The sessions were attended by 10 people on Sunday afternoons. Dan Wiseman and Rev. Hilary Krivchenia of Countryside UU Church in Palatine, IL, designed and led the sessions and shared what worked and what they learned in this dynamic leadership-development program. The video is in two parts.

Dori Thexton and Nic CableDrawing on the writings and experience of Eboo Patel, Nicolas Cable's sermon was titled "Acts of Faith: Interreligious Engagement as Transformative Spiritual Practice." Nic was the winner of the Annual DA Sermon Contest and delivered this sermon on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the UUA Central Midwest District Assembly. Photo is Dori Thexton presenting Nic with the award.

Reading #1 From Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation Pages 37-38 

YASC Exhibit TableSaturday Vespers Service at DA2012, led by the CMwD YASC (Young Adult Steering Committee).

Photo: YASC exhibit table.

A message from UUA President, Rev. Peter Morales: