Trainings

Welcome to Member Services Training

Member Services supports our members by providing a number of online learning opportunities, which range from short live, webinars, to trainings that cover several weeks and include both offline activities as well as live sessions. Many qualify for CEUs.

Cost

The Unity Worldwide Ministries training is offered without any set fee. Love Offerings/Tithes gratefully received. Unity Worldwide Ministries Member Services is 100% funded through the generosity of its members. Suggested Love Offering is $35/Collaborate Live Session.


 

Upcoming Online Trainings and Webinars


We are delighted with the level of participation in our online trainings and webinars!  Thank you all for joining us in this process of learning and growing together. 

The success of these events have made it necessary to restrict registrations to 100 people, unless otherwise noted.  When this limit is reached we will close registrations.  No late registrations will be accepted.

Special Notes

  • An email with the login information will be sent to you the day before the event. If you don't received it by Noon, please check your spam folder. If it is not there, contact Diane Venzera.
  • All time listed here are CENTRAL time.  To find you local time use the Time Zone Converter
 

Keep it Simple, Keep it Bold, Keep it Inclusive: Welcoming Young Adults into Your Ministry (3-week Online Training - 5CEUs)

Facilitated by Ytonna Dyess Finnegan, Miranda Baker, Linda McLeod
 
Training is available for 5 CEUs. CEU policy.
 
Live Collaborate Sessions:
  • Wednesday, Jan 20 – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. CT
  • Wednesday, Jan 27 – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. CT
  • Wednesday, Feb 3 – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. CT
Registration Information: REGISTRATION CLOSES ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021, 11:45 p.m. (CT). (No late registrations accepted. Limited to 50 people)

To register for a training, follow these steps:

  • Begin here: If you do not have a username and password for UWSI - click this link Enroll in UWSI.
  • If you are already enrolled in UWSI: locate your UWSI Username and Password
    • If you cannot locate your username and password, contact DPletcher@unity.org, 816-434-6866
  • Complete Registration: Once you have your username and password (please save it) you can now register, click this link: course registration page then:
    • Locate the training title
    • Click the "register" button and your course will be added to the cart
    • Complete your registration by clicking on the "proceed to checkout" on the top left
    • A registration page will open - scroll down to the "Already Have an Account?" link, click it and then enter your username and password to compete your registration.
Description

This three-part series will reveal ways to welcome, Include and Engage Young Adults as active members in your ministry.  Learn how to build an intergenerational community, create spiritual support for teens & young adults in their Spiritual endeavors and cultivate a network of clear communication.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Define the needs of tweens, teens & Young Adults
  • Establish & sustain Young Adults in Unity
  • Breakdown Language barriers
  • Create an outreach program for Young Adults
  • Cultivate & mentor future Unity Leaders
Suggested Love Offering: $105.00'
 
 
 

Connecting Through Virtual & Hybrid Experiences (Webinar - 2 CreditS)

Thursday, Jan 21, 2021, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. CENTRAL
 
Facilitated by Rev. Diane Venzera, M.Ed, YFM Coordinator & eLearning Technologist
 
Credit: 2 CEUs
 
Registration Information: REGISTRATION CLOSES ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021, 11:45 p.m. (CT). (No late registrations accepted.)
To register:
  • Click the registration link by the due date listed above.
  • Registrations are limited to 100 people, unless otherwise stated and will close when the limit is reached. No late registrations will be accepted.
  • Login information will be sent to all participants the day before the event.
  • If you need additional support, please email: DVenzera@unity.org.
Description
In what may feel like a time of uncertainty and Zoom fatigue, it is essential that we explore new and cutting-edge ways to engage our children, teens and families. Let’s go beyond the synchronous “live” session and move into creating interactive virtual experiences that can be done at anytime and anywhere. This broadens our reach, helps us redefine what a successful YFM program looks like, and meets our families where they are.
 
Suggested Love Offering: $35.00
 

Effective Mentoring (5-week Online Training - 5CEUs)

Facilitated by Rev. Lynn O'Dell, Credentialing Coordinator & Rev. Carrie Kenyon, Member Services Coordinator
 
Training is available for 5 CEUs. CEU policy.
 
Live Collaborate Sessions:
  • Thursday, Jan 21 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, Jan 28 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, Feb 4 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, Feb 11 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, Feb 18 – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. CT
Registration Information: REGISTRATION CLOSES ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021, 11:45 p.m. (CT). (No late registrations accepted. Limited to 50 people)

To register for a training, follow these steps:

  • Begin here: If you do not have a username and password for UWSI - click this link Enroll in UWSI.
  • If you are already enrolled in UWSI: locate your UWSI Username and Password
    • If you cannot locate your username and password, contact DPletcher@unity.org, 816-434-6866
  • Complete Registration: Once you have your username and password (please save it) you can now register, click this link: course registration page then:
    • Locate the training title
    • Click the "register" button and your course will be added to the cart
    • Complete your registration by clicking on the "proceed to checkout" on the top left
    • A registration page will open - scroll down to the "Already Have an Account?" link, click it and then enter your username and password to compete your registration.
Description

Research has revealed that mentoring is an effective way to help people become more effective and successful in their field of work. Principles of effective mentoring have also been identified. This course is intended for field ministers interested in mentoring ministerial students, peers, or in other mentoring relationships. We will explore basic principles of mentoring and the different opportunities for mentoring within the Unity movement. We will also give consideration to Unity’s ministerial standards and how mentoring can help students grow in those areas. Special emphasis is placed on ways to help mentees develop their knowledge and skills related to ministry operations and their emotional and spiritual intelligence.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify and describe basic principles of effective mentoring
  • Explain the role and purposes of a mentor
  • Identify and describe benefits of mentoring and coaching for mentor and mentee
  • Identify and describe qualities of emotional and spiritual intelligence
  • Identify and describe personal strengths that qualify them as mentors
Suggested Love Offering: $175.00
 

 

Holding Virtual Annual Meetings (Webinar - 1.5 hours of Credit)

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. CENTRAL
 
Facilitated by Dr. Leonard Young, UWM Parliamentarian 
 
Credit: 1.5 hours
 
Registration Information: REGISTRATION CLOSES ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021, 11:45 p.m. (CT). (No late registrations accepted.)
To register:
  • Click the registration link by the due date listed above.
  • Registrations are limited to 100 people, unless otherwise stated and will close when the limit is reached. No late registrations will be accepted.
  • Login information will be sent to all participants the day before the event.
  • If you need additional support, please email: DVenzera@unity.org.
Description
"Are you facing time for your annual meeting, but have no idea how to conduct one online.  This webinar will be led by Dr. Leonard M. Young, UWM Parliamentarian and will review what you need to know about holding your annual meeting using Zoom.  This would be a good webinar for ministers as well as Board Chairs."
 
Suggested Love Offering: $35.00
 
 

Building Teams/Embodying Oneness (4-week Online Training - 4CEUs)

Facilitated by Rev. Cynthia Vermillion-Foster, Director Member Services
 
Training is available for 4 CEUs. CEU policy.
 
Live Collaborate Sessions:
  • Tuesday, Feb 2 – 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. CT
  • Tuesday, Feb 9 – 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. CT
  • Tuesday, Feb 16 – 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. CT
  • Tuesday, Feb 23 –32:00 to 5:00 p.m. CT
Registration Information: REGISTRATION CLOSES ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021, 11:45 p.m. (CT). (No late registrations accepted. Limited to 50 people)

To register for a training, follow these steps:

  • Begin here: If you do not have a username and password for UWSI - click this link Enroll in UWSI.
  • If you are already enrolled in UWSI: locate your UWSI Username and Password
    • If you cannot locate your username and password, contact DPletcher@unity.org, 816-434-6866
  • Complete Registration: Once you have your username and password (please save it) you can now register, click this link: course registration page then:
    • Locate the training title
    • Click the "register" button and your course will be added to the cart
    • Complete your registration by clicking on the "proceed to checkout" on the top left
    • A registration page will open - scroll down to the "Already Have an Account?" link, click it and then enter your username and password to compete your registration.
Description

Healthy, coherent teamwork is an essential component for ministry success – and a powerful way to embody Unity’s first principle.  This training utilizes intentional processes to build effective teams, develop practices that support collaboration and creative thinking, and create a unified approach to leadership and decision making.  Most importantly, these practices support you in coming together in community and living in Oneness.  

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
Build Powerful Teams 
Cultivate Social Capital
Develop Empowering Leadership Practices
Utilize the Principles of Teaming to Create Fluid Teamwork Within a Ministry
 
Suggested Love Offering: $140.00
 

 

What's Working in Virtual YFM! (Webinar - 1.5 Credits)

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. CENTRAL
 
Facilitated by Vanessa Martinez-Huff, Mary Nowroozi, Nevin Valentine, Akosua Washington-Woods 
 
Credit: 1.5 CEUs
 
Registration Information: REGISTRATION CLOSES ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2021, 11:45 p.m. (CT). (No late registrations accepted.)
To register:
  • Click the registration link by the due date listed above.
  • Registrations are limited to 100 people, unless otherwise stated and will close when the limit is reached. No late registrations will be accepted.
  • Login information will be sent to all participants the day before the event.
  • If you need additional support, please email: DVenzera@unity.org.
Description
In times of challenge, we sometimes forget that there is light in the darkness. Yes, we are in a time of change. As it is also one of unlimited possibilities, we invite you to join us as four youth ministry directors share tips, ideas, and strategies that have positively impacted their online YFM programming. We will also have a time of group sharing and Q&A so bring any ideas you would like to share with the group.
 
Suggested Love Offering: $35.00
 

Spiritual Activism: Nonviolent Strategies for Social & Political Reform (3-week Online Training - 5CEUs)

Facilitated by Leona & Matthew Evans
 
Training is available for 5 CEUs. CEU policy.
 
Live Collaborate Sessions:
  • Thursday, Feb 18 – 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, Feb 25 – 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, March 4 –1:30 to 3:00 p.m. CT
Registration Information: REGISTRATION CLOSES ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021, 11:45 p.m. (CT). (No late registrations accepted. Limited to 50 people)

To register for a training, follow these steps:

  • Begin here: If you do not have a username and password for UWSI - click this link Enroll in UWSI.
  • If you are already enrolled in UWSI: locate your UWSI Username and Password
    • If you cannot locate your username and password, contact DPletcher@unity.org, 816-434-6866
  • Complete Registration: Once you have your username and password (please save it) you can now register, click this link: course registration page then:
    • Locate the training title
    • Click the "register" button and your course will be added to the cart
    • Complete your registration by clicking on the "proceed to checkout" on the top left
    • A registration page will open - scroll down to the "Already Have an Account?" link, click it and then enter your username and password to compete your registration.
Description: This innovative training provides an in-depth look at powerful and positive ways to contribute to social and political reform while staying true to our spiritual principles. Based on the Gandhi/King philosophy of nonviolent action, these sessions will include:
taking nonviolent communication to the next level
keeping debates from becoming personal
advocating for human rights without sounding partisan
guidelines for nonviolent discussion groups
principles of Dr. King’s “Beloved Community” 
the power of nonviolent demonstrations
an introduction to the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. 
Each session will contain practice conversations, role-plays, and discussion.
 
Suggested Love Offering: $105.00

Energy Leadership (Webinar)

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. CENTRAL
 
Facilitated by Denny Balish, PCC, ELI-MP
 
Credit: 2 CEUs
 
 
Registration Information: REGISTRATION CLOSES ON TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2021, 11:45 p.m. (CT). (No late registrations accepted.)
To register:
  • Click the registration link by the due date listed above.
  • Registrations are limited to 100 people, unless otherwise stated and will close when the limit is reached. No late registrations will be accepted.
  • Login information will be sent to all participants the day before the event.
  • If you need additional support, please email: DVenzera@unity.org.

Description: This interactive, engaging course is based on the principles of Energy Leadership™, a process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole.  You will discover about the Seven Levels of Energy and their corresponding levels of leadership. You will also learn about the Energy Leadership Index™ Assessment and strategies to manage relational dynamics using the concepts behind Energy Leadership™.

Presenter: Denny Balish is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) who has dedicated her life’s work to the development of human potential.  She has been associated with Unity for over 20 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Unity of Madison. Denny enjoys writing, speaking and facilitating transformative experiences on Energy Leadership, Heroine’s Journey, and the Power of Personal Myth.

Suggested Love Offering: $35.00

Let's Get Real About Grief (Webinar)

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. CENTRAL
 
Facilitated by Rev. Kathleen Flynn 
 
Credit: 1.5 CEUs
 
Registration Information: REGISTRATION CLOSES ON TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2021, 11:45 p.m. (CT). (No late registrations accepted.)
To register:
  • Click the registration link by the due date listed above.
  • Registrations are limited to 100 people, unless otherwise stated and will close when the limit is reached. No late registrations will be accepted.
  • Login information will be sent to all participants the day before the event.
  • If you need additional support, please email: DVenzera@unity.org.

Description: Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss of any kind. Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.  Loss can leave us emotionally disabled suffering from guilt, disbelief and an inability to reconnect with life effectively. A minister’s confidence & ability supporting another through loss is key. 

In this webinar, Rev Kathleen Flynn a long-time hospice and hospital chaplain and Grief Recovery Specialist will lead us through discussions about how to be with a griever, spiritual by-passing grief and detecting behaviors that will help assess a griever’s progress toward recovery. Plan to become informed through the presentation and break-out sessions as you gain important knowledge affirming your abilities in this role.
 
Suggested Love Offering: $35.00

Power Matters: Build Your Own Collaborative Systemic Power Framework (3-Week Training)

Facilitated by Gregory Rouillard
 
Training is available for 5 CEUs. CEU policy.
 
Live Collaborate Sessions:
  • Tuesday, March 16 – 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. CT
  • Tuesday, March 23 – 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. CT
  • Tuesday, March 30 – 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. CT
Registration Information: REGISTRATION CLOSES ON THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021, 11:45 p.m. (CT). (No late registrations accepted. Limited to 50 people)

To register for a training, follow these steps:

  • Begin here: If you do not have a username and password for UWSI - click this link Enroll in UWSI.
  • If you are already enrolled in UWSI: locate your UWSI Username and Password
    • If you cannot locate your username and password, contact DPletcher@unity.org, 816-434-6866
  • Complete Registration: Once you have your username and password (please save it) you can now register, click this link: course registration page then:
    • Locate the training title
    • Click the "register" button and your course will be added to the cart
    • Complete your registration by clicking on the "proceed to checkout" on the top left
    • A registration page will open - scroll down to the "Already Have an Account?" link, click it and then enter your username and password to compete your registration.
Description: What are your associations with “power” – is it something you actively seek or desperately avoid? Do you long to share power with others, without giving up on what is precious to you? Would you like to build a systemic framework for sharing power within your community? Join us for three potent embodied, interactive and fun sessions exploring this fundamental topic. Prepare to transform the way you relate with power in your community and reserve your spot today!
 
Presenter: Gregory Rouillard, M.S., M.Div., served in the U.S. Marine Corps for twenty years as an AV-8B Harrier pilot and in numerous other roles. For the last decade he has lived his passion for helping people create meaning and connection by walking the community journey with people across the United States and internationally. Gregory holds a Master of Divinity degree from Naropa University and is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. You can learn more about him and his work at www.wayofcommunity.net
 
Suggested Love Offering: $105.00

Help Us Soar: Teen Ministry In Action (3-Week Training)

Facilitated by Julie Core, Ytonna Finnegan, Angie Keyes, Nick Muncie-Jarvis
 
Training is available for 5 CEUs. CEU policy.
 
Live Collaborate Sessions:
  • Thursday, March 18 – 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, March 25 – 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, April 1 – 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. CT
Registration Information: REGISTRATION CLOSES ON FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2021, 11:45 p.m. (CT). (No late registrations accepted. Limited to 50 people)

To register for a training, follow these steps:

  • Begin here: If you do not have a username and password for UWSI - click this link Enroll in UWSI.
  • If you are already enrolled in UWSI: locate your UWSI Username and Password
    • If you cannot locate your username and password, contact DPletcher@unity.org, 816-434-6866
  • Complete Registration: Once you have your username and password (please save it) you can now register, click this link: course registration page then:
    • Locate the training title
    • Click the "register" button and your course will be added to the cart
    • Complete your registration by clicking on the "proceed to checkout" on the top left
    • A registration page will open - scroll down to the "Already Have an Account?" link, click it and then enter your username and password to compete your registration.
Description: This course will offer insight into teen spiritual development, community, program structure, and how to empower our teens as they continue their spiritual growth and develop and express their identity as spiritual beings. Each session will provide practical tools for creating and sustaining your teen ministry program.
 
General Learning Objectives: 
To define the needs of teens in mind, body, and spirit
To understand the overarching structure of a teen program and the basic components involved in a weekly meeting
To understand why and how to empower teens
 
Suggested Love Offering: $105.00
 

Save the Dates for Future Trainings & Webinars

The save the date schedule for 2020 for the Member Services trainings is being created.  The schedule is a work in progress and when the trainings/webinars are open for regstration, they will be listed above. Please contact Diane Venzera with any questions.

 

 
 
 

 

If you are new to online learning:

Member Services' offers both WEBINARS (live session only) and TRAININGS, which are a hybrid: they include live online group sessions using the video conferencing tool, Collaborate, as well as weekly activities, housed on Blackboard, to be completed by the end of each weekly session, as individual assignments.

This 10-minute video provides information on registering for a Member Services' training as well as how to navigate through the Blackboard and Collaborate experiences. If you prefer to read the information instead of watching the video, a transcript is attached.

 

 


 

To Register for a Member Services Online Training

To register for a training, follow these steps:

  • Begin here: If you do not have a username and password for UWSI - click this link Enroll in UWSI.
    • Effective September 1, 2019, there will be an initial enrollment fee of $35 for all Member Services trainings, UWSI courses, and online field registrations. This fee provides access to the full spectrum of learning opportunities offered through UWM and helps to cover our costs for administration and licensing for our Blackboard Learning Management System.
  • If you are already enrolled in UWSI: locate your UWSI Username and Password
    • If you cannot locate your username and password, contact DPletcher@unity.org, 816-434-6866
  • Complete Registration: Once you have your username and password (please save it) you can now register, click this link: course registration page then:
    • Locate the training title
    • Click the "register" button and your course will be added to the cart
    • Complete your registration by clicking on the "proceed to checkout" on the top left
    • A registration page will open - scroll down to the "Already Have an Account?" link, click it and then enter your username and password to compete your registration.

To register for a webinar:

  • Click the registration link found with the webinar description and complete the information by the due date listed.
  • Registrations are limited to 100 people, unless otherwise stated and will close when the limit is reached. No late registrations will be accepted.
  • Login information will be sent to all participants the day before the event.
  • If you need additional support, please email: dvenzera@unity.org.