Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A More Accessible OWL! -- Landrum

Followers of this blog may remember that we did a series of posts about how OWL training can be expensive and difficult for congregations.  Well, the good news is that it has now gotten a little bit easier.  The UUA is making OWL training for all ages available in Columbus prior to General Assembly, thus enabling folks already traveling to GA to minimize travel costs associated with OWL training.  Folks interested can see details here.

This is your Association at work, responding directly to the need they've heard about from religious educators (and certain bloggers).  Melanie Davis, the OWL Program Associate writes, "The decision to host the training is due in part to requests made by religious educators who find trainings in other areas cost prohibitive, as well as to requests to combine OWL training and GA to help lower travel expenses."

The cost is still $250 for the training itself, but the ability to combine the trip with GA for those already traveling to GA cuts down the costs of training substantially, avoiding a second air fare or mileage, plus having the ability for some to share hotel rooms with folks going to Columbus early for other pre-GA events, such as Ministry Days or the LREDA Professional Day.

It should be clarified that all ages training does not mean that attendees will be trained in all ages, but that each of the training levels is being offered at the same time.  So if your church needs one more person trained in Junior and Senior High, and one more person trained in Elementary OWL, you can send them at the same time and they can share the drive and the hotel room, as long as neither snores or both do.

1 comment:

Melanie Davis said...

Tom, thanks for sharing this announcement. The event is co-sponsored by the United Church of Christ, and it is being hosted by a UCC congregation with catering by a UU congregation. The trainers are a mix of UU and UCC. It takes a village to make an all-levels training happen!
Melanie Davis, UUA OWL Program Associate