We finished our final Multigenerational Worship online workshop last night, and I must say it was quite a success. We had the most participants of any of the 10 Good Ideas series of workshops offered by the Mid-America District staff group, and once again, almost all of the participants who completed the post-workshop evaluation said that the technology worked well for them. We’ll definitedly have more of these online learning opportunities in the future. (The next scheduled workshop is 10 Good Ideas about Adding a Service. You can find out more about it here.)

One of the resources we shared last night was an upcoming workshop on Creative & Contemporary Worship, led by Marcia McFee. One of the things I like the most about the way Dr. McFee approaches worship is her belief that worship services should be “interactive, intergenerational, interesting and inspirational.” And she shows you how that’s done. I believe that if we’re going to retain more of our children and youth as lifelong Unitarian Universalists, we’ll need to break out of the mold of our traditional, watered-down, mainline Protestant worship. We’ll also need to start involving youth and young adults in planning our worship services. Marcia McFee’s approach to “creating worship with deep soul” can help us get there. Attending the November 15 workshop in Deerfield, Illinois, on Creative & Contemporary Worship is a great to find out more. Click here for more information.