North East Leadership School
Developing UU Leaders With Vision!
Class of 2007
"...particularly in taking responsibility for making sure everyone's voice is heard, including my own."
"The experience has given me great hope, because it showed me that people can come together in ways I never imagined possible. "
"My most precious take away from NELS is the claiming of my gifts as an empowered leader and the knowledge that I am never done on this unfolding journey."
"It really stocked my boiler of inner strength. I'm inspired and humbled by my classmates."
"To share such personal ideas with a group of strangers sounded daunting, but once in motion, the people in my group showed a level of integrity, respect and thoughtfulness by which I am both inspired and humbled."
"A week out of time. A precious gift that was created, offered, shared, embellished, and transformed."
"Before NELS, I felt I was a spiritual person, now I know I am and I have the means/knowledge to keep it that way."
"I think I have grown significantly as a person, and I hope I will be able to fully utilize what I have learned, personally and educationally. I think this is another step on my own journey to wholeness."
"I feel much more prepared to the president of my congregation after this week. It's not that I have all the answers, but I have the tool kit to build a safe, effective space for my congregation and executive board."
Class of 2006
"Sometimes painful, always valuable. Glad I didn't
run home to CT last Monday after the 1st LD group!"
"This is really it: Faster than a speeding bullet,
stronger than a locomotive, and able to leap tall
buildings with a single bound!"
"Curriculum Book A+ What a great resource that! Can
use for a long time."
"How I live is more important than what I believe.
I think I will live with better grace."
"Gave me some wonderful insight and practice and
allowed the process to not be perfect in a safe way."
"This aspect of UUism was completely new to me,
and very helpful. It provided me with a vocabulary and an
understanding of religion that I did not have
"Thank you for having the calm, deep inner wisdom
to rise together, act as a team, to help create with us a
deep, interesting and loving place, and a space for us to
learn and grow."
worship, and experiencing
other's worship was the best part of this. Erica is an
astute, informed and engaged presence."
"I'll be able to help resolve conflict be more
inclusive and sensitive."
Class of 2005
"I arrived at NELS apprehensive about the experience
to come and left with close, ongoing friendships beyond my ability
"Participating in NELS gave me sharper sense of
spiritual clarity, a deeper feeling of connectedness & higher
level of caring."
"This one week experience of conflict management,
self-awareness, risk-taking and sharing of beliefs has resulted
in my taking more of a leadership role in my local congregation,
and feeling more integrated as Jewish Unitarian."
Class of 2002
"This was the most powerful, restorative group
process I have ever participated in, all the more because it is
"Going to NELS helped me articulate my religious
beliefs and what is important to me."
"Now I really am a UU, and I know for sure why. I
might just become evangelical about it!"
"It has taught me my history, developed my
leadership skills, and most of all has strengthened my faith and
"Everywhere I go I will try to live the seven
principles more mindfully, passionately, honestly,
"I have a different view of the world and have
allowed myself to be vulnerable... it has transformed
"It made me realize how good living spiritually
"This has provided me with YEARS of information and
growth. I never expected this experience to be so
"NELS will make a difference in my life as a UU
because I got clear about what a UU is; I watched its principles
at work and know in my heart that I don't want to live my life
without its wisdom."
"I am much more equipped to work together
as part of a team on the Board."
"I feel blessed to have had this opportunity."
"I should be able to handle the process better and
to add something to improve it."
Class of 2001
"I came here hoping to reconnect with my
spirituality and also hoped to learn new techniques to deal with
conflict. I got both and much more. I would like to
thank all the staff and participants for bringing the best of
themselves. It was awesome!"
"Everyone should go through this wonderful process.
There is a leader in us all."
"The embodiment of the seven principles of UU was
put into action, upheld and honored throughout this week.
This was a gift of love to be reflected on and drawn from to
support me along life's journey."
"Totally unexpected, absolutely right."
"I know it wouldn't be practical but it would be
incredible if every UU (heck, every human) could participate in
this program. However, I know that I can bring some of NELS
to the people in my life."