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JoUUrneying to Leadership: July 23-29, 2016

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

The Pacific Western Region is pleased to offer the finest means to Affirm, Deepen, Nurture, and Build effective leadership within your congregation – the Russell Lockwood Leadership School! This outstanding leadership experience has thrived for years as a program of the Mountain Desert District. Now, it’s a valuable Pacific Western Region resource.


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You are invited to invest in yourself and your congregation by engaging in an inspiring and intensive week this summer at RLLS.



One week, exploring the history, values, actions, inspirations and complexities of the Unitarian Universalist liberal religious tradition. One week, learning with UUs from around the west. One week, sharing a wide range of study and practice focused on nourishing what ís meaningful and necessary for UU leaders who wish to be skillful contributors to our congregations and to our local and global communities.

The curriculum of RLLS evolves continuously to present congregational leaders — both lay leaders and religious professionals — with the resources and perspectives to help you guide 21st century UU congregations. Faculty and staff are intentionally recruited for their spiritual depth, knowledge innovation, and teaching ability. Each year, these exceptional clergy, congregational and UUA regional staff leaders craft a fully integrated curriculum that weaves leadership, history, theology, relationship and current technology into each presentation.

rlls-quote-deborah-angleIn addition to 20+ hours of multi-media classroom presentation, you will spend time with small groups, reflecting, investigating, processing and presenting. With input from others, you will be able to integrate classroom concepts, create worship, and share with leadership covenant groups. Through these exercises, you’ll find the means to assimilate new information and perspectives using authentic congregational situations.

Along with the learning, your days will be filled with delicious and healthful meals served buffet style; contemplative and invigorating worship each morning and evening; singing, music, movement and ritual; fellowship and fun, even a bit of free time for recreation, hiking or napping. The week ends with an open variety night, featuring plenty of talent, silly skits, poetry both original and beloved, earnest efforts welcomed with open hearts, and lots of laughter. Be sure to bring musical instruments and games to share.

You’ll leave with a certificate of completion, a wealth of resources to share with boards and congregations back home, and a rich store of memories never to be forgotten. Congregational teams are encouraged – your takeaways will be enriched through the companionship of your fellow leaders.

SPACE IS LIMITED. APPLY EARLY.  Official registration ends June 15, 2016, but late registrations (with an extra $100 fee added) will be accepted until July 1, 2016. Go to the Enrollment page for more details.



To review 2016 application information, see the Enrollment Page

Who was Russell Lockwood?

RLLS is named to honor the memory of the Rev. Russell W. Lockwood.  Russ Lockwood had been the District Executive and Interdistrict Representative for this western region of Unitarian Universalist congregations.  Upon his death in 1988, a group of five ministers believed that Russ’ understanding of leadership in Unitarian Universalist congregations should be continued, and RLLS was born.  The Russell Lockwood Leadership School is a partnership of lay and clergy leaders as faculty and as students. Parish ministers, seminarians, ministerial candidates, religious educators and lay leaders, both emerging and experienced, are well served by this leadership school.

RLLS strives to teach and maintain the high standards of church leadership, and what it means in congregational life. The RLLS experience seeks to develop personal growth for the participants – the values that Russ lived and taught during his career.

Please explore the related pages listed in the menu at left for more information on this extraordinarily enriching experience.

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