Southern Region Leadership Experiences
The nominations for the DBLE and SUULE classes of 2014 are now open! Submit you nominations below:

The nomination deadline is 20 June, 2014. The SUULE and DBLE classes of 2014 will be announced by 27 June, 2014. Both events will be held 03-08 August, 2014. All details about the nomination process and contact information for the deans and staff for the leadership experiences may be found in the announcement letter posted above.

Cancellation policy: $200 deposit is non-refundable (but can be transferred to another accepted nominee from the same congregation for the same class, which happens frequently).  Balance of registration fee may be refunded less a $25 administrative fee.

Dwight Brown Leadership Experience (DBLE):

The Dwight Brown Leadership Experience will offer a chance for turbocharged training for leaders – lay and clergy alike. DBLE is an intense and deeply spiritual experience that focuses on the presence and functioning of individual leaders to help form them into a team, serving Unitarian Universalism as leaders to their congregations and elders of the faith. Through small group experiences, case studies, lectures, worship, and theological dialogue, participants will gain practical understanding of healthy congregation concepts and tools, the value of intentional leadership process, and the vital connections between religious leadership, faith development, and the realization of beloved community.

Our goal is to translate the DBLE experience into tangible congregational health and vitality. Factors that appear to make a difference in how DBLE affects congregational health include having participants who come well grounded in Unitarian Universalism, participants who serve significant leadership roles in their congregation, participants who come in teams of two to four from a congregation, congregations who send teams of leaders to DBLE for several years in a row, and congregations that have an intentional process for selecting their DBLE registrants and for integrating knowledge and skills from the experience into the life of the congregation.

If you have attended DBLE, you may download your materials below using the password provided by DBLE or our webmaster.

DBLE Materials
Southern UU Leadership Experience (SUULE):

Some people are born leaders but no one is born a congregational leader. Becoming a strong, centered leader of a Unitarian Universalist congregation takes commitment, focus, and knowledge. Effective congregational leaders are, first and foremost, grounded in their own Unitarian Universalist faith. Additionally, they know how to develop and maintain healthy and vital congregations; they appreciate the difference between religious leadership and secular leadership; and they understand the role of congregational dynamics as they lead their congregations through good and challenging times.

Effective congregational leaders incorporate their Unitarian Universalist values into their leadership style and lead from a place of integrity and purpose.

The Southern Unitarian Universalist Leadership Experience is an opportunity for current and future leaders to deepen their understanding of congregational leadership and to develop their abilities with other UU leaders. For the most significant impact on a congregation's health and vitality, we especially encourage congregations to send teams of leaders to learn and develop together.

SUULE/DBLE Resources:
If you have attended (or have registered for) one of the Southern Region's leadership experiences, you may download your materials here. These files are password protected. If you need your password, please use the "Contact Webmaster" button in the footer.