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Strong RE Programs Begin with Strong Leaders

Strong RE Programs Begin with Strong Leaders

Past Professional Days

Professional Day 2014

General Assembly LREDA Professional Day Keynote Speaker will be Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed. Professional Day is Wednesday, June 25, at the Omni Hotel in Providence.

Rev. Morrison-Reed will also be presenting our Fahs Lecture, Thursday, June 26, 10:15-11:30 a.m., RICC Hall D. The Fahs Lecture will explore: "What did UUs teach children during the 1940s - 50s that led them to join the civil rights movement in the 60s?" Weaving together a review of UUA curricula regarding race, the influence of Fahs and stories of early African-American religious educators, Morrison-Reed will draw lessons for today.

The LREDA Integrity Team will also present a workshop at GA: "Knowing Ourselves Helps Us Reach Out In Love." Learn how identity work helps us understand ourselves so that we are better able to reach out to others while working to build Beloved Community. Exercises and resources will be shared with participants that can be taken home and used in your congregation to help continue this important work. Presenters: Rev. Natalie Fenimore, Aisha Hauser, and Leia Durland-Jones.


Professional Day 2013

  • Flyer for Professional Day 2013 in Louisville, KY.


Professional Day 2012

General Assembly 2012 will be June 20-24 in Phoenix, Arizona. This Justice GA is an opportunity to work in a completely different way- we invite you to come help make the magic happen. 

Our 2012 Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecturer will be Louise Derman-Sparks, author of Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children. Her lecture "Bending Toward Justice: Race, Immigration, and Religious Education" will be Thursday 3:15-4:30, Convention Center 120 D. In addition, Ms. Derman-Sparks will be our keynote speaker for Professional Day.

PROFESSIONAL DAY AND ANNUAL MEETING - In keeping with the spirit of a "minimal business" General Assembly, the LREDA Board decided to put all our internal events on Wednesday, June 20th. Check out the schedule.

Other exciting news - we'll be sharing a GIANT area in the exhibit hall with many of our religious professional organizations - it may well be the happeningest place in the convention center! Mosey on over to Booth 109.


Professional Day 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Charlotte, NC

Training and workshops on emerging RE initiatives. Fahs Lecturer Dr. Mark Hicks: "Religious Education for People of Color." Don't miss LREDA-sponsored workshops : "The Adventure of Becoming: Dynamic RE for All" (panel), and "Learning Together, Musically!"


Professional Day 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Minneapolis, MN

We are delighted to announce Dale McGowan as the Fahs Lecturer for 2010! 

He edited and co-authored Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers, the first comprehensive resources for nontheistic parents. He writes the secular parenting blog The Meming of Life, teaches nontheistic parenting seminars across the United States, and serves as executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief, a 501(c)(3) humanist charitable and educational foundation based in Atlanta.

His theme "Warping and Woofing through the Human Tapestry" promises to be engaging for religious professionals and parents alike.


Professional Day 2009

REvive Yourself!
Salt Lake City, Utah

Keynote speaker: Rev. Dr. Nancy Crumbine "Religious Education: The Heartbeat of Our Movement." The keynote will explore how spirituality and creativity abound within the anxieties of our lives as educators. To nurture ourselves in ways that keep us centered and healthy in a troubled and broken world, we can manage our difficulties so that we remember what really matters. Bring your spirit, enthusiasm and your voices, as music and humor will permeate her talk.

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Jay Crumbine is a Unitarian Univeralist minister, a professor at Dartmouth College, a writer, actor, and public speaker. She has been a keynote speaker at many UU conferences both in the US and the UK, including Star Island (RE and Arts weeks), UK Hucklow, Silver Bay UU Weekend in New York, and the GA of British Unitarians in Chester, England. She is the author of Humility, Anger, and Grace, Meditations Towards a Life that Matters and The Unitarian Paradox. Her poems appear in two volumes of The Still Poodle Poets.


  • Writing and Singing as Spiritual Practice with Rev. Dr. Nancy Crumbine
  • A Reconfigured RE Credentialing Program with Jan Devor and the RECC
  • A Conversation for Chapter Conveners facilitated by Patti Withers and Barb Greve (registration fee waived for Chapter Chairs/Conveners)

Good Officer training also available. Open to those who have been nominated by their Chapters.

Thursday, June 25--10:45 am-12 pm
Salt Palace, Ballroom EG

Lecturer: The Rabbi Sandy Sasso  
"Nurturing the Spiritual Imagination of Children"

All children have a spiritual life. Despite their desire to talk about God, religious education has often discouraged children from asking the big questions of life's meaning. Discover ways to give our children the language to encourage the life of the spirit.

Sandy Sasso book-signing event afterwards!


SUITE TALKS: Thursday 3-6; Friday 9 am-12; Sunday 3:30-5:30

Finding the Divine in Nature

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Internationally acclaimed naturalist and author Joseph Cornell will share the secrets and insights used by mystics such as Henry David Thoreau to feel the Divine in nature. Joseph will also re-enact inspiring stories from the life of John Muir to communicate the joy that comes from living close to Nature’s heart. To help inspire others, you’ll learn uplifting Sharing Nature techniques to experience God’s love, stillness, and grandeur while outdoors. These games, stories, songs, and meditations expand one’s sense of self and help children and adults feel greater love and empathy for our world. You will also learn about Flow Learning, a simple yet subtle and powerful method of teaching based on universal principles of awareness and spiritual awakening. The four stages of Flow Learning gently and beautifully guide people, step by step, to deeper, more profound experiences of nature and God.


Your Surly Inner Waitress's Guide to Keeping Your Sanity

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Portland, OR

Rev. Meg Barnhouse

Meg Barnhouse is an hilarious, creative, and insightful speaker.  She uses the "ha-ha-ha-OH!" format, so audiences learn while laughing.  Her tools for changing self-defeating behavior are profound and easy to grasp, and she mixes in original songs for a fast moving good time.  Meg’s books and CDS will be available for sale following the Keynote Presentation.

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