UUPP 012: The Commisioned Lay Leader (CLL) Program

Commissioned Lay Leader Program

Amy Collins and Deb Chaney – Commissioned Lay Leader Program Supports the Spiritual Activity of the Church


Have you ever wondered what kind of training you can get as a lay leader? Do you want to be more deeply involved in worship, pastoral care, religious education or any area you’re passionate about? Plus, use your creativity to enhance other congregates emotional and spiritual needs.

Amy and Deb give you a clear idea of what is involved in participating in the CLL program that originated in the Ohio-Meadville District and has just recently come to the St. Lawrence District – one nwe applicant as of February 2015!

Amy Collins is CLL of the UU Society of Cleveland that has a full-time minister and Deb Chaney is CLL for the UU Congregation of Greater Canton, Ohio that has contracted ministers.

Amy’s Quote:

“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In ! Edwin Markham


Ohio-Meadville District CLL program

Amy Collins on facebook


Deb Chaney on facebook


CLL video from Renne Ruchotzke:


Final Credits: music thanks to:

“Carefree”, “Open Those Bright Eyes”, “Sweeter Vermouth”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

2 Comments on UUPP 012: The Commisioned Lay Leader (CLL) Program

  1. Will this ever come to the Southern Region? I live in North Carolina and would be VERY interested in this!

    • Hello Angela,
      The CLL program is beginning to expand to other areas and my Wife Amy Collins who is the program Committee Chair of what has been renamed the Commissioned Lay Minister (CLM) Program can give a more complete answer. She says, “The commissioned lay ministry committee is a program committee of the UUA at this point. At this point only what was the Ohio Meadville district and the St. Lawrence district have programs, but there are plans afoot to start a program nationally.”
      The renaming also better describes the role of the CLM. Amy welcomes anyone to contact her who wants to explore this opportunity further at amymcollins@sbcglobal.net or 216-410-4985.

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