LREDA Professional Day, June 20-21 2017, New Orleans, LA

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LREDA is proud to present Rev. Deanna Vandiver as our Professional Day speaker.  


Resist and Rejoice: Faith Formation in a Time of Radical Awakening

The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal is founded and grounded in the values of Unitarian Universalism.  This organization has been engaged in praxis experiential relational learning for over a decade and has lots of stories, dreams, and actions to share. 

Unitarian Universalism is a faith that calls us to speak and live on the prophetic edge of what is and what is possible in the co-creation of beloved community.  Religious Educators are powerful catalysts for systems change.  Join us for a time of practicing loving resistance and radical rejoicing together.

The Reverend Deanna Vandiver serves as a Co-Director of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal.  The Center’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice through activism, community engagement, and transformational learning. In 2012, she was ordained by all three congregations of the Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalist cluster and serves as a GNOUU Community Minister for the cluster. Rev. Vandiver is grateful for the net that works, the love of friends and family, and to be co-creating a world transformed by the power of equity and compassion.


2017 LREDA Professional Day and LREDA Programming at General Assembly

2017 PROFESSIONAL DAY, PRE-GA & GA - Schedule (note: details may change!)
Hilton Riverside
2 Poydras St, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130

Regular Registration, April 15-June 15: $95
Late Registration Fee, After June 15 (lunch may not be available)  $105

June 20 Shared Programming with the UU Professional Groups 
2:00 - 3:30 UUMA Collegial Conversation: Excellence in Shared Ministry - The Next Steps in the St. Charles Ballroom
LREDA has been working closely with our sibling professional associations the last few years. The carefully prepared Shared Ministry Resource Tool created by LREDA UUMA and UUMN will be presented. 
7:30 - 8:30 Vespers in the St. Charles Ballroom

June 21 LREDA Professional Day and Annual Meeting: Meeting Room Marlborough A&B
8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:30 Worship
9:30 - 11:30 Resist & Rejoice: Faith Formation in a Time of Radical Awakening
Deanna Vandiver, The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice
11:45 - 1:15 Lunch and Annual Meeting
1:15 - 5:15 Good Officers Training (prior permission required) 
2:00 - 3:15 Berry St. Essay (Berry St. Lecture)
7:30 - 9:00 Welcome Celebration and Opening Session (convention center) 

LREDA Featured Programming at the 2017 General Assembly

Thursday June 22 UUA General Assembly
1:30 – 2:45 Fahs Lecture: What Does it Mean to Be White? Seeing the Racial Water Post-Civil Rights by Dr. Robin DiAngelo.
What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society. Fahs Lecture sponsored by Liberal Religious Educators Association.

3:15 – 4:30 Workshop: White Fragility by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
White people in the U.S. live in an insular, racially privileged social environment that builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our tolerance for racial stress. I term this lack of racial stamina “White Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves, including argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being “attacked” and not feeling “safe.” This workshop will overview white fragility and provide the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and create more racially just practices. Workshops sponsored by Liberal Religious Educators Association, UUA Faith Development Office, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

5:00 – 6:15 Workshop: The Role of White Silence in Racial Discussion by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Many white people fear taking up too much space or saying the wrong thing in cross-racial discussions. They may be introverts or need time to process. Perhaps the concepts under discussion are new to them. For these various reasons, we often choose to play it safe and hold back. This session will look at how white silence and the various rationales for it function in dialogues, and offer an anti-racist response. Workshops sponsored by Liberal Religious Educators Association, UUA Faith Development Office, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle's Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and 3 books, including, “What Does it Mean to be White? Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.

Also Sponsored by LREDA at GA:

1:30  – 2:45 Workshop: Transition: How We Are is Who We Are
Every transition is an opportunity to strengthen and improve a system. This workshop will illustrate how to model leadership in a way that empowers decision making based on skills rather than position. How we operate reflects our values and justice work starts at home.
Rev. Elaine Peresluha, Aisha Hauser MSW, Jason Puracal


Previous Professional Day Programs





2016 Carey McDonald

Carey McDonald with Dr. Tony McDonald, Religious Education as a Growth Strategy (download powerpoint

Columbus, OH
2015 Susan Katz Miller

Interfaith Family Project

Portland, OR

Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed

The Ignored, the Naive and the Innocent:
Supporting our Children as They Navigate a Multicultural World (download powerpointkeynote)

Providence, RI

Excellence in Shared Ministry Task Force

Excellence in Shared Ministry Practices, Final Report

Louisville, KY
2012 Louise Derman-Sparks Justice GA: Anti-bias education with young children and families Phoenix, AZ
2011 Dr. Mark Hicks and others Training and workshops on emerging RE initiatives Charlotte, NC
2010 Dale McGowan "Warping and Woofing through the Human Tapestry" Minneapolis, MN
2009 Rev. Dr. Nancy Crumbine "Religious Education: The Heartbeat of Our Movement" Salt Lake City, UT
2008 Joseph Cornell Finding the Divine in Nature Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2007 Rev. Meg Barnhouse Your Surly Inner Waitress's Guide to Keeping Your Sanity Portland, OR


*Several of the above speakers were also Fahs Lecturers in the same year. See our Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture page as well.