Experience a whole new level of Unitarian Universalism at the beautiful campus of Beloit College, in Beloit, Wisconsin
Plan to join us July 14-20, 2013! REGISTER NOW!
MidWest Leadership School (with MidWest Youth Leadership School) – is a part of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s nationwide network of leadership schools. Complementing other district offerings, this school offers a week-long intensive program in which leadership and group dynamics can be developed and reflected upon. Led by lay and ordained staff with a deep understanding of UU congregations, a combination of lectures and small group encounters heightens understanding and the ability to navigate group process. By immersing the student in a milieu both supportive and challenging, the MWLS experience provides leadership tools and skills, develops the student as a leader, and deepens the student’s Unitarian Universalist identity and understanding, all designed to prepare students for lay leadership in UU congregations and beyond.
This is an extremely intense week of workshops, discussions, intimate small groups, worship preparation, personal theological exploration and growth. MWLS does not simply skate on the surface of teaching, but invites all to dive deeply into developing. As we all “lean into our discomfort” many times during the week, students discover the rewards that come from rising to meet challenge. In exchange for wholehearted commitment to a strenuous schedule, MWLS offers a life-changing and congregation-nourishing opportunity.
Who Is It For?
Are you currently—or soon to be—in an active lay leadership role on the local or district level? Could you benefit from knowing more about how groups work, grow, and develop? Do you want to know more about consensus building or conflict management, healthy congregational growth, addressing social justice issues, or working with volunteers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then MWLS - Adult School is for you!
Registration is open to applicants from member congregations in the three sponsoring Districts (Central MidWest, Heartland, and Prairie Star) and to seminary students not yet in candidate status.
An opportunity for youth entering grades 9-12 to have a similar intensive lay leadership development experience is available through MWLS - Youth School operated at the same time as MWLS - Adult School at Beloit College. Some activities, such as multigenerational worship experiences, are shared between the schools. For more information, see the YOUTH MWLS pages.
July 14-20, 2013 (Sunday–Saturday)
- Both schools use the same arrival and departure times, though the daily calendars are unique.
- Plan to arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., Sunday, for check-in and campus tours. (No early check-ins)
- Except in extraordinary circumstances, late arrivals will not be admitted to school.
- Re-convene at 5:00 Sunday for dinner, orientation, and worship.
- Meals and activities are scheduled from 7 am to 9 pm daily, with breaks available between classes and activities.
- Depart at noon on Saturday.
The week long experience is designed as an integrated curriculum. Each person who enrolls contributes to the learning experience.
Participants are expected to make a commitment to the formation of this intentional community, to stay the entire week, and to attend all scheduled classes and gatherings.
Beloit College Campus
MidWest Leadership School is held on the beautiful campus of Beloit College in southern Wisconsin. The turtle, which is the symbol for Beloit College, is also the symbol for MWLS. There are several sacred burial mounds on the campus. For many native American cultures, the turtle symbolizes the planet Earth and a combination of strength, persistence, and the need to stick your neck out to get somewhere!