UUPP 030: Lisa Presley, Congregational Conflict and Resolution

Lisa Presley, UUA staff

How Do We DO BETTER as congregations? We are such a mix of individuals and yet we work together fantastically! So what happens when don’t agree to disagree?

Lisa Presley will give you insight into conflict resolution and what it takes to exist beyond knowing what we support as individuals and DO BETTER as a congregation. It’s no longer about saving the day. It’s how can we recognize conflict sooner rather than later?

Younger generations aren’t about the old way of socializing in the church which was inside of committees. People want to be out in the world doing something! They want to know their lives has value and meaning.  The nature of religious community has to change.  We’ll have to reflect new ways to organize our congregations and new ways to be, if we are going to be relevant.


Lisa Presley is a born and bred UU from the Midwest, who also spent 20 years of her life in Canada (and also holds dual citizenship). She has held almost every role in lay leadership, and is entering her 25th year of ordained ministry. In that ministry, Lisa has served as called minister and interim, as well as for the UUA in the MidAmerica Region. She holds a BA from University of Toronto, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a D.Min. from Meadville/Lombard Theological School. She currently lives in Michigan with her partner and their cat.


Favorite quotes:

– Surprised people behave badly
– Transparency, transparency, transparency
– Feed health, starve dysfunction
– Diversity: where you count the people; Inclusion: where the people count.
– Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford


Mid America Region

Lisa Presley   lpresley@uua.org

Final Credits: music thanks to:

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

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