Braving Space

Congregational Leaders Retreat with UUA Staff

September 6 - September 8

Braving Space – Workshop

How do we identify our deepest values?  How do we recognize the things in us that get in the way of our living out those values?  How do we amplify our deepest values in the world? How do we know what the value is that we need to focus in on to make ourselves and the world a better place?  Are we afraid?

Connie remembers…”Years ago I came to the Mountain for a workshop led by Professor Til Evans.  It was the first time that someone challenged me to practice vulnerable leadership.  I was changed by this experience.  Over and over again people tell us that in order to be vulnerable they need to be safe.  The issue is that what is safe for one person might not be safe for another.  Instead of striving for safety, let’s create space where we can be brave together.  Space where we can bring our whole selves’ gifts and flaws.  Space where we can be genuine and vulnerable.  Space where our deepest values can be identified and named.  Space where we can explore the things in our lives that get in the way of amplifying those values.

I long to be in such a space where we can talk about deep things.  Where we can disagree and still love each other.  I long to be in a space where we are not playing politics nor afraid to be ourselves.  Come and join Rev. Qiyamah Rahman, Kathy McGowan and me in creating a brave space where we can go deep together, where no topic is taboo and discomfort will be leaned into and push through.  Come to be whole and held in the arms of community as we talk of our deepest values, our fears, our spiritually deepening and our evolving.  Come let’s learn to be amplifiers of all that we hold most dear.”

In our registration system, select Church Retreats then  Braving Space – With UUA

Each family member must be registered individually in our partner registration website

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  • Program: September 6 – 8, 2019

  • Registration deadline: August 30, 2019


Registration Fee includes

  • Lodging

  • Meals

  • Use of assigned facilities

  • Participation in program activities

3 Days / 2 Nights  Package

  • Adult: $180 per person, double occupancy 

  • Adult: $250 per person, single occupancy

  • Pre / post nights available for $75.00 a night

UUA Congregational Life Staff


Connie Goodbread

Connie Goodbread is one of the Acting Co-lead of the UUA Southern Region.  She is in her fifteenth year as UUA Field Staff and has served as Field Staff in three regions of our Association.

Connie studied Healthy Congregation development and congregational conflict identification and transformation with Rev. Dr. Peter Steinke.

She has co-authored an emerging congregation process, redesigned and now leads the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience and Southern Unitarian Universalist Leadership Experience.  Connie has written two theme-based Small Group Ministry programs and a conflict process called Pathfinder.


Kathy McGowan

Kathy McGowan has been on the Congregational Life Staff for the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association since 2013.

She has a deep passion for Unitarian Universalism and is grounded in its history and theology.  She is committed to intercultural sensitivity and anti-oppression work.   She believes in the transformative power of groups and thrives on the collaborative process.  She is talented both in presentation and facilitation with a unique ability to use humor while attending to important and sensitive questions.  All of her work comes from a deep respect for an individual process of spiritual development and the power of communal worship and service.

In addition to her congregational work her careers have been in the areas of child welfare and theatre. She lives with her two cats in the triangle area of North Carolina. She enjoys reading, hiking, puzzles, board games and visiting her children often.