I’m sometimes asked about the difference between leadership development in the business (or not-for-profit) world and in the faith world.

I’ve been a regular subscriber and reader of The Nation magazine for almost 30 years.   I love the fact that they are independent of most of the news conglomerates and that they break stories that no one else will touch.  The articles are skillfully written and their politics are unapologetically progressive.  And yet…

There was something missing for me, something that I found when I first walked through the doors of a Unitarian Universalist Church.  Issues in the political world (and in the press) are often treated as silos or as competing areas of concern.  As a faith community, we are called to approach all of our justice work holistically.  The means are as important as the ends — both must reflect our core values.

Even the governance and management of the congregation should be grounded in core values.  Our budgets should reflect our mission or purpose statements.  Our commitment to diversity should call us to seek ways to become antiracist, antioppressive, multicultural, multigenerational institutions.  As a living tradition, our institutions must be flexible for new ideas and new cultural expressions to take root.

Most importantly, I see the need to articulate transcendent values and commitments, so that as we–as religious humanists–bend the arc of the universe, we are doing so with integrity and shared vision.

About the Author
Rev. Renee Ruchotzke
Leadership Development Consultant, Central East Regional Group (CERG) of the UUA. I have a vision of Unitarian Universalist congregations being led by thousands of diverse, spiritually mature and passionate people ready and willing to spread the good news of liberal religion.  I believe ministry is best when shared between lay and professional leaders. More information about me can be found on the UUA website.