new england chapter 

of lreda

Embracing justice, love, and equity

Chapter Events

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NEL Cluster Info

The MetroWest Boston DRE cluster meets monthly  to check in, share support, and discuss timely topics of interest. We draw our geographic lines VERY loosely and welcome those who seek community and connection as we carry forward our ministries. The group generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month beginning at 9:30 AM for 90 minutes. For specific information about meetings and zoom login info, contact Deb Weiner

The Worcester / Central MA area cluster meets on the the first Thursday of every month from 11-1, except in October we'll be meeting on Oct. 2 (Wednesday) because Rosh Hashanah is on the 3rd. We meet at First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester, MA. Contact Robin Mitzcavitch  or Samantha Nemeth for more information.

The Northern New England cluster (NNE) which includes Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine meets monthly on zoom. To join email Karen Childs.

new england lreda

The New England Chapter covers Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.  

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Newsletter content is accepted on a rolling basis.

NEL Mentoring Program

Mentee Sign Up

If you are interested in receiving mentorship, you can fill out this form. Whether you are brand new or just want collegial connection, we invite you to sign up as a mentee.

Becoming A Mentor

Are you an experienced religious educator with at least three years of experience on the job? Do you have a passion for nurturing the spiritual growth of our fellow Religious Educators? If so, we invite you to consider becoming a volunteer mentor in our new mentorship program. This is a limited commitment opportunity, unlike paid mentorship roles that are long-term.

How to Get Involved:

If you meet the requirements and are interested in becoming a mentor, please reach out to Perry Montrose, who will provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have about the mentorship program.

Gr K-1 & 4-6 OWL Training

Registration is now open for Facilitator Training on August 23-25 at the UU Church of Greater Lynn in Swampscott, MA, co-sponsored by that congregation and New England Region LREDA! Deadline is June 23. Don't delay- it is time to recruit your leaders! Some financial assistance may be available.

This training is now full email Beryl to get added to the waitlist

Register Here

Your NEL Chapter Leadership Team

From left to right: Devin, Jessica, Twinks, Jesse, and Perry

The New England Chapter of LREDA promotes the values of liberal religious education through a regional professional organization, embracing the philosophies and ideals of justice, love and equity of Continental LREDA. 

 NE LREDA is an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural, welcoming organization that supports and advocates for religious educators of every age, race/ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, physical ability and sexual orientation. 

 Membership in your local chapter provides collegial support and connection, opportunities to collaborate, and access to events throughout the year

NEL Chapter leadership:
  • Devin Shmueli (Chair)
  • Jesse Greist (Vice Chair)
  • Jessica Harwood (Communications & Members Services Lead)
  • Twinks Hastings (Events Lead)
  • Colleen Munson (Professional Practices & Standards Lead)
  • Perry Montrose (Finances Lead)

Chapter Dues:

Chapter dues are $25 and you can pay using either of the buttons on the left or by check. Make the check payable to LREDA and put 'NEL Chapter Dues' and the educator's name in the memo line and mail it to LREDA, 284 Hartford Ave #1002, Bellingham, MA 02019. 

Note:  To join a Chapter you must also be a member of LREDA.

Chapter Expenses:

Use this FORM to claim Chapter expenses for reimbursement. Once completed email it to the Chapter Treasurer / President for approval.