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A presentation for the Pot Of Gold Conference by Rev. Michelle Favreault, September 7, 2013


Courageous Leadership

Courageous LeadershipHeart Practices for Church, Work and FamilyNotes from the Presentation at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, September 7

Presented by the Rev. Michelle

Pot of Gold 2013Couragecur + age"to speak one's mind by telling all one's heart." The Universe is made of stories, not atoms. Muriel Rukeyser, The Speed of Darkness

StoriesHow do religious leaders create and support educational programs that meet the needs of spiritual explorers in 2013?What are the Unitarian Universalist theologies of Today's Children and Yesterday's Heritage that inform, influence, guide and challenge our practices of embodying a holistic liberal religious education in congregations...and beyond?

ConfessionCourageHere goesI've found what makes children happy doesn't always prepare them to be courageous, engaged adults.Bren Brown, contemporary educator & research scientist

all that quickens sympathetic imagining, that awakens sensitivity to others feelings,all that enriches and enlarges understanding of the world;all that strengthens courage, that adds to the love of living,all that leads to developing skills needed for democratic social participation all these put together are the curriculum through which children learn.

Elizabeth M. Manwell & Sophia Lyon Fahs, Consider the Children, How They Grow 1940

Consider the ChildrenWhat We Have Been TaughtTranscending Generational Paradigms, Theological Concerns and Pedagogy

A quick UUA timeline of religious education see source material at: CenturyThe New Era

*Foundational Texts: 1940, 1952"Todays Children and Yesterdays HeritageThe Multi Media Era

*secular sales imperative

*AYS, Haunting House1980s 1990sThe RE Futures Era

*Emergence of UU Principles and Purposes

*The PillarsSpiral Journey Era

*Religious Growth & Learning

*Essex Conversations2000 and today.Tapestry of Faith Era

*Faith Development

*on-line distributionWhole Hearted, Beloved Conversation, Congregations and Beyond compost field.

Be Here Now~ Angus Hector MacLean

Let us keep the wind singing in both ears, and pray for the courage to interpret and act upon what it brings us.

spending time


devoting time.DevotionTo study as a spiritual imperative.

What is Courage?One way to understand the etymology of courage is to consider its history as a series of losses. Over the course of five centuries, from 1051 to 1490, courage was cut off from its sources in time, in the heart, and in feelings. In other words, courage was slowly dissociated from what traditional Western culture considers feminine qualities, and came to mean that quality of mind that shows itself in facing danger without fear or shrinking, a definition associated with the bravery and heroism of boys and men. The pattern of losses in the history of the word courage seems to reflect an increasing invisibility of girls and womens courage in Western culture. Professor Annie Rogers

Without courage, we cannot tell our stories. When we dont tell our stories, we miss the opportunity to experience

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead

Ted Talk:

To engage the world from a place of worthiness.DevotionTo share struggle and strength


To Healthy BoundariesDevotion

To Make Mistakes and Make AmendsDevotionTo Gratitude


To the practice of vulnerability.DevotionTo Whole Heartedness

What does your courage look like to me?

What does my courage look like to you?

Above all elseadapted from the Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto: Wholehearted Unitarian Universalist Manifesto Above all else, we want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from our words and actions--the lessons on love are in how we treat you and how we treat ourselves.

Engage with the world from a place of worthinessWe want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy every time you see us practice self-compassion and embrace our own imperfections.

share our stories of struggle and strength We will practice courage in our congregation by showing up, letting ourselves be seen, and honoring vulnerability. We will share our stories of struggle and strength. There will always be room in our church for both.

we will set and respect boundariesWe will teach you compassion by practicing compassion with ourselves first; then with each other. We will set and respect boundaries; we will honor hard work, hope, and perseverance. Rest and play will be community values, as well as community practices.

make mistakes and make amendsYou will learn accountability and respect by watching us make mistakes and make amends, and by watching how we ask for what we need and talk about how we feel.

practice gratitude

learn how to be vulnerableWe want you to know joy, so together we will practice gratitude.We want you to feel joy, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable.When uncertainty and scarcity visit, you will be able to draw from the spirit that is a part of our everyday life.

Together we will cry and face fear and grief. We will want to take away your pain, but instead we will sit with you and teach you how to feel it.

We will laugh and sing and dance and create. We will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always belong here.

As you begin your Wholehearted journey, the greatest gift that we can give to you is to live and love with our whole hearts and to dare greatly.

We will not teach or love or show you anything perfectly, but we will let you see us, and we will always hold sacred the gift of seeing you. Truly, deeply, seeing you.

In gratitudeFor your courageFor your vulnerabilityFor your whole hearted leadership