Welcome to the Liberal Religious Educators Association

The center of our work as religious educators is belief in the transformative power of educating through our Unitarian Universalist faith.

LREDA is an anti-racist, anti-oppression, welcoming, professional organization open to liberal religious educators and those supportive of religious education. LREDA promotes the religious growth and learning of people of all ages and advocates for and supports religious educators and the field of liberal religious education. 

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Welcome to the new LREDA.org!

For over 65 years, the Liberal Religious Educators Association—originally Unitarian Education Directors' Association (UEDA)—has worked to bring religious educators together for support, continued learning, and transformation. We welcome you to our newest tool for connection and support! LREDA members can login to visit a personal landing page, from where you can connect with colleagues in "My Community."  Here you can join or start a group, contribute to discussion the community forums, update your member profile, check up on upcoming events or past invoices, or view and search the Membership Directory.

Congregational lay leaders and staff can post employment opportunities, find resources outlining best practices, or purchase a LREDA membership list to aid your professional religious educator search.

Are you interested in supporting the work of LREDA as we continue to leap into the future? Learn more about opportunities to serve, strengthening our Endowment, and the amazing projects funded by LREDA grants.

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We are grateful to the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program for their support in updating our digital infrastructure and helping connect LREDA members to their most precious resource: colleagues!

LREDA at 2016 UUA General Assembly

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LREDA Professional Day (Tuesday-Wednesday, June 21-22)

$75 Registration due by June 8th


Our Keynote Speaker will be Carey McDonald, UUA Outreach Coordinator. Carey will be talking about religious education as a growth strategy exploring what it takes for RE and faith development to be an entry point into our faith. Topics will include staff power dynamics and congregational capacity and will include tools to get started.

June 21st 
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio, 43215

1:30 - 2:45 Collegial Conversation hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
3:00 - 5:00 Presidental Candidate Action hosted by the UUMA
7:30 - 8:30 Shared LREDA/UUMA Vespers


June 22nd
Hilton Columbus Downtown- Bellows Ballroom E-F
401 N High St
Columbus, OH 43215

8:00 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 - 9:00 Worship 
9:15 - 10:45 Carey McDonald with special guest, Dr. Tony McDonald
11:00 - 12:15 Business Meeting
12:30 - 1:45 Lunch
2:00 - 3:15 Berry St. Essay (Berry St. Lecture) Hyatt, Regency Balroom
3:30 - 5:30 Fahs Shared Ministry Event, Hilton, Emerson Burkhart B

Professional Day includes a buffet lunch. 

A Nation of Religious Minorities, Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture by Rev. Nathan C. Walker  6/23 3-4:15

For the first time in US history, Protestant Christians no longer make up a majority of the population. What does a nation of religious minorities require of its residents? What civic and religious competencies are necessary for diverse groups to be able to build a common good?

Rev. Walker is Executive Director for the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington DC and the author of Exorcising Preaching: Crafting Intellectually Honest Worship. He can be found online at www.religionandpubliclife.com.

More information about the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly