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!


Fall Conference 2016

Join us at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA October 20-24, 2016.

Pre-conference workshops and meetings will be held October 17-20. LREDA Small will be Oct. 24 in the afternoon, and LARGE on Oct. 25.

Money, Sex, and Death: Bringing the Spiritual Dimension to Tough Topics

Our jobs as religious professionals would be easier if life were all flower bouquets and cotton candy. The children, youth, and adults we serve deal with harsh realities around challenging topics, and in their toughest times our ministry is most needed.

We must be prepared to engage with matters of money, matters of sex, and matters of death to help create healthy, holistic communities of faith. And, we are human ourselves; we need spaces where we can process our own spiritual needs in dealing with issues around money, sex and death. We invite you to come to Fall Conference and take the time for spiritual preparation that may inspire and equip you to create safer spaces in your congregation or UU community.

Pre-Conference Training

Family Ministry Training 10/18 3-9PM, 10/19 9AM-9PM

The new Family Ministry training is designed for shared ministry teams with the goal of helping religious professionals and congregations deepen and expand their understanding of “family” and creating a culture within congregations that offers support and resources for families. The training will be led by the authors of the program, Leia Durland-Jones, Director of Faith Development and Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom, Lead Minister, from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church UU in Charlottesville, VA. Register HERE.

NEW Religious Educator Training 10/19 9AM-3PM

New to this field of work? Learn some basic components of the job like; leadership skills, professional growth and support, leading with other staff and volunteers, volunteer management, compensation and time management, and programming for faith development. $115 Fee includes lunch. Registration option available within the Fall Conference registration form which follows. 

Post Conference Opportunities

LREDA LARGE Add-on Day 2016
October 25, 8:30am-2:30pm, $125 registration fee

Bias, Prejudice & Stereotypes – What “Colorblindness” Prevents Us from Seeing

This interactive workshop will help each participant take a look at the practices within their own congregation and identify ways in which they may reframe their work with volunteers and children. 

Our Presenter: Nancy Michael is the executive director of AMAZE, a nonprofit organization that has been working with adults to embed anti-bias education in schools, early childhood programs and faith-based programs since 1996. Full description HERE.

LREDA Small Post-Conference Add-On Program

Sunday, Oct. 24, 12:30 pm- 3 pm for small congregations of 150 members or less, lunch included. $70

An abbreviated version of the above LREDA Large program: 

Bias, Prejudice & Stereotypes – What “Colorblindness” Prevents Us from Seeing

This interactive workshop will help each participant take a look at the practices within their own congregation and identify ways in which they may reframe their work with volunteers and children.

LREDA 2016 HOTEL INFORMATION

In keeping with the conference theme of self-care, this year’s Fall Conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Hotel on Mission Bay in San Diego. The Hotel offers a unique setting for spiritual renewal and learning and offers an abundance of activities to de-compress and nourish the soul! Conference Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations and may do so on line HERE.

Please be sure to use this weblink to reserve your room and NOT the general hotel website. You may also call to make reservations and refer to LREDA to receive the LREDA Conference rate of $189 plus tax per night for single or double occupancy. An additional charge of $10 will be added for each additional person beyond 2 per room. This rate includes complimentary internet, access to a number of recreational opportunities on the property, and complimentary limited transportation to nearby restaurants and sites. A special discounted rate of $15 per night for overnight parking at the hotel will be extended to LREDA Fall Con attendees.

Special note: Our block includes a limited number of water front rooms. These will go quickly!! Reserve EARLY! The cut off date for making hotel reservations is September 20, 2016. After this date, or when the room block is filled—whichever comes first—we cannot guarantee room or conference rate availability. We urge you to make hotel reservations early.

IMPORTANT: If you have any problems making a hotel reservation, or require a night outside the block of dates indicated, please contact Bea Ann Phillips: bphillips@bplanning.net BEFORE reserving elsewhere.

Scholarship Application for LREDA Fall Conference

We encourage you to apply if this will help you attend Fall Conference, but note that limited funds are available. You will be notified of any scholarship available to you around September 5.

   -Scholarship assistance is available only to current LREDA members in good standing (dues paid for the July to June year.)
   -Deadline to apply is September 1.
   -Preference for scholarship funds is given to those who have not previously received assistance for LREDA Fall Conference.
   -Additional preference is a function of our commitment to diversity and equality of economic access.

Fall Conference Scholarship Application Form HERE.

SCHEDULE
10-18 Tuesday       3:00 PM 9:00 PM Family Ministries Training 
10-19 Wednesday 9:00 AM 9:00 PM Family Ministries Training 
10-20 Thursday     4:30 PM 8:30 PM Conference
10-21 Friday          9:00 AM 4:45 PM Conference
                               8:00 PM 10:00 PM Potential Programming
10-22 Saturday      9:00 AM 5:30 PM Conference
10-23 Sunday        9:30 AM 3:30PM Conference
                               3:30 PM 5:45 PM FREE TIME
                               5:45 PM 9:00 PM Conference
10-24 Monday        8:30 AM 12:15 PM Conference
CONFERENCE ENDS
                              12:30 PM 3:00 PM Add-on LREDA Small 
10-25 Tuesday       8:30 AM 2:30 PM Add-on LREDA LARGE 

REGISTER FOR THE FALL CONFERENCE HERE