Beginning in 1949 . . .
Unitarian religious educators joined together to create the Unitarian Education Directors' Association (UEDA), "for the recognition and advancement of what they, but few others, saw as a profession."* By 1955, the name was changed to the Liberal Religious Education Directors' Association, to include the broader efforts of the not-yet-merged Unitarian and Universalist traditions. And in 1982, bylaws were amended to adopt the new name, Liberal Religious Educators Association, in recognition of ordained colleagues who serve as Ministers of Religious Education.
The work of the organization has always been to encourage and support the professional standards and accomplishments of those who serve our congregations in religious education.
We are governed by a seven-member Board of Directors who are elected on a rotating basis at our Annual Meeting, typically held during General Assembly. Our staff consists of an Administrator and the contracted services of a Conference Planner for our Fall Conference event.
LREDA is a continental organization, with fourteen Chapters across the United States. Many of our Canadian members belong to one of the cross-border Chapters. To find the Chapter nearest you, click on the Chapters link.
*From Giving Birth to Ourselves: a history of the Liberal Religious Educators Association, 1949-1999, by Joan W. Goodwin., published by the Liberal Religious Educators Association in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.