Developing UU Leaders With Vision!
The mission of the
North East Leadership School (NELS) is to
provide training in religious stewardship for the benefit of our Unitarian
Universalist congregations and the larger community. We model and create
a risk taking, energizing journey of individual growth within a mutually
NELS offers a week long
experience developing leadership skills through insight,
understanding and knowledge. We integrate Unitarian Universalist
principles and purposes with management techniques so that our
everyday practices become congruent with the values of our
Since the first NELS in 1983, more than 600 UUs from more than 90
churches, fellowships, and societies have graduated. NELS welcomes
all lay leaders regardless of position or experience level, and also
invites and encourages religious professionals to attend as well.
NELS is designed to meet the needs of UU leaders and to address the
challenges faced at all levels of congregational life.
NELS is firmly rooted in UU history and principles. Theology,
worship, and leadership development - the three modules of the NELS
curriculum - are presented as integrated elements of a total
educational experience. At NELS, who we are as leaders is not
separate from who we are as individuals. Our seven UU principles are
not separate from the daily management of our congregations.