The benefits of LREDA membership are many, both for the religious educator and for the congregation served.  Here are just a few of those benefits:

  • Fellowship of colleagues who share your professional vision, confidentially, and in local LREDA Chapters
  • Continuing education and opportunities for professional growth and renewal:  Annual Fall Conference , Pre- GA Professional Day and GA LREDA Suite Talks, and the Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture at GA. Registration fees are discounted for members.
  • Scholarships for Fall Conference
  • Continental leadership opportunities
  • Advocacy for the profession of religious education through Good Offices Support , Representation on the Council of Church Staff Finance, and the LREDA UUA Board Observer
  • Professional Standards and guidelines presented in the Handbook for Professional Religious Educators
  • Special Task Forces and Interest Groups
  • LREDA Directory, newsletters, informational e-mailings with updates on topics of interest
  • LREDA website and LREDA-L , an e-mail list serve where members can discuss professional issues
  • LREDA LARGE membership (for those serving Large RE Programs) and LREDA small (for those serving small congregations)
  • Various publications of use to religious education professionals

Our membership categories include:

Active :

  • Religious Educators who have completed three years in a paid position and/or a minimum of five Renaissance Modules or are certified by the UUA as Credentialed Religious Educators-Associate Level, Credentialed Religious Educators, or Credentialed Religious Educators-Master Level
  • Ministers of Religious Education, Parish/ Community Ministers, MRP Candidates
  • Youth Directors or Young Adult Campus Ministry Professionals who have completed three years in a paid position and/or a minimum of five Renaissance Modules
  • Educators or Researchers in an academic setting with a relevant advanced degree
  • Persons involved in religious education deemed as equivalent to employment

 Supportive/Institutional :

  • Individuals, organizations, or institutions who wish to support the work of LREDA

 Student/New DRE :

  • Persons preparing for careers in religious leadership who are enrolled in theological school
  • Religious Educators who do not yet qualify for active membership

 Life :

  • Optional category for any person who has been an Active member for 10 or more years, is at least 65 years of age, and is a current Active member at the time Life membership is requested.

Please note: Our membership year is from July 1 to June 30. Please renew before November. You will become lapsed after December 1. New members joining after April 1 will receive membership for the next year.

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