2018/19 Issue Number 4

October 2018

In This Issue...

  1. Notes from the President
  2. Fall Conference
  3. Nominating Committee
  4. Monthly Spotlight
    1. Board Member-at-Large, Continental Events
    2. Credentialing Scholarship
  5. Committee on Mentoring
  6. News from our Friends
    1. Skinner House

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October Notes from the President

Annie Scott, LREDA President

When I first went to a therapist, many years ago now, the greatest gift was changing the narrative of who I was. I went in thinking of myself as pushy and bitchy and came out, not only with a new narrative but empowered to reshape my narrative with new understandings and insights throughout my life. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of narratives. The LREDA board changed this year’s Fall Conference theme to Changing the Narrative. We had chosen a theme and heard some feedback that gave us pause and decided it wasn’t too late to make a change.

My current favorite picture book is, That is My Dream, by Langston Hughes and Daniel Miyares, based on this poem by Hughes.

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
Dark like me—
That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! Whirl! Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening
A tall, slim tree
Night coming tenderly
Black like me.
        --Langston Hughes

This beautiful picture book invites me into narrative that is quiet, and compelling, and full of truth. It is joyful and painful. I’m hoping our fall conference 2018 is filled with narratives that invite truth and reflection and growth for individuals, for our LREDA, and for our faith.


Annie Scott is the Director of Religious Education for Children, Youth and Families at Jefferson Unitarian Church, in Golden Colorado. She serves LREDA as President from 2017-2020.

LREDA Fall Conference

It is nearly time for the 2018 LREDA Fall Conference. The conference will explore what it means to “Change the Narrative” through worship, music, stories, shared work, caucus time and workshops.

Our worship leader through the conference is Erica Shadowsong with the assistance of the worship team. Music will be led by Houston music leader Mark Vogel and will include global music from this international city. Thursday night we will gather to heal, to sing, and to inspire one another. Together we will experience changing the narrative offered by Julica Hermann de la Fuente, Rev. Kathleen McTigue, Mr. Barb Greve, Tim Atkins, Gregory Boyd, Christina Rivera, and Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin.

We will also have an abundance of workshops from your esteemed colleagues following seven tracks that flow through the conference: Family Ministry (Includes Youth), Employment and Professional Matters, Social Justice, The New(er) Religious Educator, Faith Formation, Self-Care, Relationships/Power, and a Youth Ministry Renaissance Module. Workshop leaders include Leslie MacFayden, Rev. Paul Langston-Daley, Aisha Hauser, Joy Berry,  Alison Aguilar Lopez Gutierrez McLeod, UUA Staff and many members of our LREDA Community.

The conference includes periods of time to explore Houston as it recovers from Hurricane Harvey as well as times for learning through Pop Talks videos, table talks, and our LREDA bookstore. There will be opportunities for LREDA Chapters to meet as well as downtime to process all the varied learning experiences.

Explore the excellent opportunities awaiting you

Late registration is still available! Don’t miss out! https://lreda.memberclicks.net/fall-conference

See you in Houston!


The Odyssey of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU)

This year our annual Odyssey presentation will take a break from the tradition of an individual telling the story of their professional life. As part of our rethinking of everything that IS the LREDA Fall Conference, we have invited Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) to share their Odyssey, or journey. How did BLUU come to be? What are the joyful moments in the life of BLUU?  What growing pains has it experienced? What lessons have been learned and what wisdom does BLUU have now that maybe surprises its leaders. How is BLUU Changing the Narrative within Unitarian Universalism? Hear about the hopes, dreams, even fears for BLUU in the coming days, weeks, months, years.

Joining us to share this sacred story is one of the members of the BLUU Organizing Collective, Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin.

Dr. Amin is a native of Buffalo, NY and the daughter of Karima and the late Abdul Jalil Amin. She is an alumna of the UUA's Multicultural Leadership School for Youth and Young Adults of Color (known today as THRIVE) and a former Religious Education Assistant. An intellectual by training and tradition, Takiyah earned a PhD in Dance and Cultural Studies (with certificates in Women's Studies and Teaching in Higher Education) from Temple University in 2011. She is an active member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, an advocacy organization on behalf of Black women and girls. A lover of reading, podcasts, shopping and travel, Takiyah is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance Studies.

LREDA Nominating Committee

In LREDA, all of us are leaders, doing our piece!
Find a role to match your interest and your skills:

Justice and Equity Team (formerly the Diversity and Inclusion Team) 
Twenty-First Century Committee
Credentialing Mentoring Committee
Credentialing Scholarship Committee

Your Nominating Committee (Katy Carpman, Jamaine Cripe, and Katie Resendiz) would love to talk to you about your ideas and possibilities! [email protected]






LREDA Board of Trustees: Member-At-Large, Continental Events Portfolio

LREDA hosts two annual events: our Fall Conference in October / November, and LREDA Professional Days in June (prior to the UUA's General Assembly).

In addition to general Board of Trustees duties, the member-at-large with the Continental Events portfolio holds these two events, liaises with LREDA's Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture working group, and supports our presence at General Assembly.

As the LREDA Board has been reviewing our systems and capacity, they recognized that, similiar to the Treasurer, this was a position with unrealistic scope and expectations. The member-at-large now works with the Board to choose themes based on their shared understanding of the needs of our membership. Then, colloborating with LREDA Conference Planner Bea Ann Phillips, LREDA Administrator Kari Kopnick, our new-this-year worship team, and various other planning teams, they oversee the planning and organization of these events.

LREDA membership will elect a new Member-At-Large, Continental Events Portfolio (and two other Board positions) in June 2019. By late April, the LREDA Nominating Committee will have invited and reviewed applications, done due diligence, and nominated one candidate who has been thoroughly vetted. We hope you will consider where you can offer your skills and energy, in a way that feels fulfilling to you.

The LREDA Nominating Committee works indepently from the Board. For more information on the nominating process, click here.

Learn a little about outgoing member-at-large Lily Rappaport

Lily is the Developmental Director of Family Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair in New Jersey. She is one of the co-facilitator of the UUA's online training for professional interims. Additionally she has partnered with Michele Grove and Deb Weiner in developing a book and website called In Liminal Time: a resource for religious professions doing interim work. She has served on the executive team for the Lifespan Religious Education conference on Star Island for the past five years and is a member of DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries and APIC (Asian Pacific Islander Caucus). 

Spotlight on a LREDA Resource

Every year LREDA is able to offer scholarships to our members enrolled in the Unitarian Universalist Association's Religious Education Credentialing Program. The funds come from your identified donations plus an amount determined each year, which comes from LREDA's Endowment. 

LREDA's Credentialing Scholarship Committee is made up of members like you, and is currently chaired by Beth Irikura. Please contact LREDA's Nominating Committee if you are interested in serving.

Applications are accepted twice a year: in October/November, and in February. In other words, an application period is now open!

To read about elibility and other details, click here. To apply, click here.















LREDA Committee on Mentoring

Are you a credentialed religious educator and want to give back to the program? Do you have experience mentoring others in your field but aren’t credentialed? The LREDA Committee on Mentoring is looking for new mentors for the RE Credentialing program. The credentialing program is very popular and many of our original mentors are now retiring. So we need mentors!

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please apply on this form by December 1st.: https://goo.gl/forms/TlwAURPvdUvDmDJB3. We’ll review the applications and let you know if you have been accepted by mid December. Candidates will participate in the Mentor Training Distance Education Course which will start on January 29th and run every other week for 5 sessions, ending April 6th. Reading and writing assignments along with scheduled conferencing with others in the training are part of the curriculum.

If you have questions please reach out to one of the committee members.

News from our Friends

Skinner House Books

The 2018-2019 UUA Common Read discussion guide is now available! A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. It can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations. This year’s Common Read is Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom. This highly anticipated anthology presents a powerful and penetrating look at environmental justice from some of the key thinkers and activists in Unitarian Universalism today. For more information about this year’s Common Read and how you and your UU community can participate, check out: www.uua.org/books/read.