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JoUUrneying to Leadership: August 8-14, 2015


The Pacific Western Region is very 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 regional resource.

Click here for the printable tri-fold RLLS Brochure 2015.

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You are invited to invest in yourself and your congregation by engaging in one 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 25+ hours with small groups, reflecting, investigating, processing and presenting. You will bond with at least 3 different small groups daily throughout the week to work a case study, to create worship, and to share as a covenant group. Through these experiences, you’ll find the means to integrate new information and perspectives with 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 or napping. The week culminates with an open mic night, featuring plenty of talent, silly skits, poetry both original and beloved, earnest efforts welcomed with open hearts, and lots of laughter.

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 take-aways will be enriched through the companionship of your fellow leaders. A group of 3-5 is ideal.

SPACE IS LIMITED. APPLY EARLY. This is an intentionally intensive experience – a week-long journey to Unitarian Universalist leadership. Registration for 2015 opens March 2, 2015.

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To review 2015 application information, see the Enrollment Page

Who was Russell Lockwood?

RLLS is named to honor the memory of the Reverend 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 on 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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