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  • 1. New DRE TrainingFall 2012Presented by:Nancy Combs-Morgan,Faith Development DirectorHeartland District of the [email protected]

2. Introductions Please introduce yourself by sharingthe following: Name Congregation Name Your role/job in the congregation Congregation Size/Approximate REEnrollment Strengths you bring to the position 3. Roles of the Religious Educator Supervisor, colleague, cheerleader,arbiter, teacher, creator. Discover your own working style. Discover your strengths &weaknesses. Personality testing such as Myers-Briggsor Kiersey-Bates ( 4. Breaking Down the Role of theReligious Educator Theological: Tradition, ritual, storytelling, UU Identity building Philosophical: Faith development,developmental theory Educational: Curriculum mapping,teacher development Administrative: Everything else! 5. Responsibilities Administrative Program & Budget Worship Special programs/Holidays Volunteer Management & Training RE Committee Communication 6. Working with Others Minister Covenantal Relationship Understanding Lines of Authority &Accountability Other Staff think TEAM! Confidentiality The Religious Education Committee Know when to lead, when to listen 7. Essentials of Building GoodRelationships Clarity in documents, Contract, JobDescription, Evaluation of Program and allinvolved in making it happen Clarity in who does what task Rotation System for volunteer Lay Leaders Financial and Public Support from BoardLeadership Cooperation and interaction with otherstanding committees of the church Support of the minister or Board 8. Working with Parents Relationship with Parents Parents are the Primary ReligiousEducator Working with parents whose childrenare challenged Confidentiality Welcoming of new families 9. Religious EducatorResponsibility for Self Care Avoid overfunctioning Seek clarity about roles andresponsibilities Claim authority Delegate & Seek a mentor Engage in Spiritual Practice D is for Director not Do-er 10. Congregational Responsibility forNurturing the Religious Educator Fair Compensation & Time Off Support for Professional Connectionand Professional Development Institutional Support for faithdevelopment Shared Leadership 11. Professional Connections Liberal Religious Educators Assocation LREDA ( Code of Professional Practices Guidelines for Professional Religious Educators Good Offices Program REACH-L UUA Listserve (open to all) LREDA-L UUA Listserve (LREDAmembership required) District and regional listserves & Facebookpages 12. The Renaissance Program Each 15-hour module provides standardized basictraining in a specific area useful to ReligiousEducators in local congregations. The followingmodules may be taken in any order: Administration of RE Programs Curriculum Planning in the Local Congregation Developing a Philosophy of Religious Education Ministry with Youth Teacher Development Adult Faith Development* Unitarian Universalist Identity Worship for All Ages Multicultural Religious Education 13. Current Renaissance Modules Curriculum Renaissance Module, Nov. 8-9; Cedar Rapids, IA. Registration Continental schedule on Feb. 28-Mar. 2nd, St. Louis, MO either AdultFaith Development or Ministry with Youth 14. The Tapestry of Faith Era Tapestry of Faith, the on-line curriculaseries, is available at The ToF vision statement is acentering source of direction Consider the 4 strands: Ethicaldevelopment, spiritual development,UU Identity, and Faith Development 15. The Religious EducationCredentialing ProgramWas created to strengthen UnitarianUniversalist religious educationthrough the continued developmentand professionalization of lay religiouseducators, and to provide a clear andeffective system for standards andrecognition of these [email protected] 16. Evaluation and Assessment Job description: Clarity is important Start as you mean to continue! Goals for Religious Educator Who is your supervisor? Goals for Religious Education Program Program Assessment/Feedback Personnel Committee 17. Next Steps Recommended next steps: Go to and review the Code ofProfessional Practices Reflect on the following questions: Are there aspects of my job description that remainunclear?Are there areas where I may find it difficult todistinguish healthy and appropriate boundaries? Whocan help me with my growing edges? 18. Questions Are you wondering about.? Have you connected with otherreligious educators in neighboringcongregations? Have you linked with your districtsLRE resources and eventsClusteropportunities? 19. Thanks Thank you for taking part in thiswebinar. Feel free to contact me: Nancy Combs-Morgan, [email protected] (With appreciation to Pat Infante, CERG, for sharing many of these slides!)