2018/19 Issue Number 7

February 2019

In This Issue...

  1. Notes from the President
  2. LREDA Nominating
  3. Spotlight
    1. Capacity
    2. Showing Love to Religious Educators
  4. Save the Dates!
  5. Professional Development
  6. News from our Friends
    1. Commission on Institutional Change
    2. Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together (TRUUsT)
    3. Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation
    4. UUA Faith Development Office

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February Notes from the President

Annie Scott, LREDA President

Last evening, I was in a Family Ministry Team meeting here in Golden, Colorado and we were talking about the need to develop practices and mechanisms of relational appreciation. We recognize that we want to encourage volunteers to feel gratified by the experience of serving the congregation in whatever capacity they are called to do. And, we recognize that people who have an experience that meets a deep need want to express appreciation for those who made it happen. I got to thinking about the article, White Supremacy Culture, introduced as part of the Teach-In in Spring 2017, which has become so central to my work on the LREDA board and to my personal spiritual practice.

The first cultural norm named and described in the article is Perfectionism. And suggested antidotes include, “develop a culture of appreciation”. Ouch and yeah. It’s time I focused on appreciation with all aspects of my life. So, I will be working here at Jefferson Unitarian Church to develop opportunities, invitations and practices that encourage all of us to regularly express appreciation. I will take on appreciating others in my life as a spiritual practice. And, I’d like to open up a place to practice appreciation among LREDA colleagues and I invite all of you to join me.

So, I invite you to step into an antidote to White Supremacist Culture and appreciate a colleague today in our Facebook group. You might want to do one-a-day for the month of February. You might think about naming and appreciating a mentor, an ancestor, a chaplain, a colleague-friend, a colleague that serves our association, our faith, or a colleague who has been an important listener throughout your career.

February is Appreciation month on LREDA’s Facebook group.


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 Nominating

Hello, LREDA colleagues!

There was a lot of excitement in Houston about the new ways to collaborate, helping in big and small ways, to make our soup (LREDA) more amazing.  So far, NomCom has only two hits on our Awesomeness Inventory (where you brag about your skills/interests) and no hits on our Brag Page (where you talk about other people's mad skills). 


Our nominating season is well underway and there are still plenty of big and small ways in which we could use some help.  Take a few minutes today to complete one (or both) of these Google Forms so we can find better ways for us all to add a little flavor to our community soup pot.

Board Positions (to begin June 2019):
President-elect (Job Description)  
At Large: Continental Events (Job Description)  
Secretary (Job Description)  

If you'd like to apply for one of these positions, send a cover letter and resume. And, as always, if you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected] (or [email protected]).  Blessings!

Come join the party!
At the LREDA annual meeting in June, we'll vote to amend our bylaws to make the Nominating Committee a five-member team. That means that we're looking for additional members! If you'd like to do important work with a great group of people, contact [email protected].
(PS - We have chocolate.)




Spotlight on Capacity: 

Following the report provided by the LREDA Nominating Committee in 2018, the Board affirmed in September "that the Nominating Committee may add two non-voting members, effective immediately". Jamaine Cripe and Delores Miller joined the team early in November. Last month the Board approved wording for an amendment to our Bylaws that will go to our membership to officially increase the number of voting members of the Nominating Committee from three to five.

This, along with the recent hiring of a bookkeeper and creation of a Finance Committee, are pieces of an ongoing process of assessing our goals and corresponding capacity. Other than our wonderful staff team, the work of our association is done by volunteers. We value your gifts of time, talent, and treasure, and will continue to assess and adapt so that your service is sustainable.

Show some love to religious educators

We support, challenge, share with, and show gratitude to our colleagues in our online and email groups, but did you know there are a few ways beyond that to lift up religious educators?

  1. Nominate someone for the Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education (see below for what, how, and where; you supply the who and why).
  2. That colleague you think is amazing? Swoon away on our Brag Page, a place to tell the LREDA Nominating Committee how smart, skilled, and talented they are. (You can do so anonymously, if you prefer)
  3. And how about a little love for yourself? You're pretty great too! Toot your own horn on our Awesomeness Inventory

Save the Dates!

June 18-19, 2019 LREDA Professional Days in Spokane, Washington, featuring "Congregational Faith Formation", with Dr. Mark Hicks and Joy Berry of the Fahs Collaborative

November 6-10, 2019 LREDA Fall Conference in Baltimore, Maryland

November 11-12, 2019 Optional add-ons (to be determined) following LREDA Fall Con in Baltimore

Professional Development

Very happy that UUUF (University Unitarian Universalist Fellowship) here in Orlando has agreed to host the Worship Renaissance Module March 28 - 30, 2019. We have home hospitality available for a fair number of attendees. First come first served.

This REN MOD is open to both RE Team members AND Worship Team members which is right in line with the idea of shared ministry.

Please share this information with your Worship/Program Teams and come on down to Orlando. Can't wait to see you! Click here to register.

News from our Friends

Commission on Institutional Change

Please read the Commission's statement on covenants, here.

Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together (TRUUsT)

In spring 2018, TRUUsT and the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Multicultural Ministries office conducted a survey of trans Unitarian Universalists. The results provide unprecedented insights into who trans UUs are and their experiences within Unitarian Universalism.

Please read the report, here.

Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation

The Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley Scholarship Program

Supporting those called to service in the Unitarian Universalist faith.

The program provides direct financial support to aspirants or candidates to the Unitarian Universalist ministry, or candidates in the UUA’s religious education or music leadership programs, who identify as women of color, Latina, or Hispanic.

Scholarship recipients must identify as a woman of color, or as Hispanic or Latina. Applicants complete an online form with questions about their calling to UU ministry, religious education, or music leadership. The board and panel appreciate updates on how recipients’ careers and lives have been enhanced by a Bowens-Wheatley scholarship, but there is no requirement for post-award accounting of how funds were spent.

Awards are generally from $2,000 to $3,000.

There are two funding cycles per year, with deadlines of March 1st and October 1st. Applications must be received on or before the deadline. Recipients are selected by the Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley Scholarship Panel up to three months after the deadline. All applicants – whether selected for a scholarship or not – are notified in writing of the decisions.

Applications must be submitted online at http://bit.ly/uuwf-mbwapp. Questions? Contact our administrator at [email protected].

UUA Faith Development Office

The UUA seeks nominations for the 2019 Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education. The recipient will be selected by a committee headed by Gail Forsyth-Vail, Interim Director of the UUA Faith Development Office.

Find a full description of the award and and nomination instructions here.

Please note that the MacLean Award can recognize a leader in Unitarian Universalist religious education for many years of contributions, for significant mid-career accomplishment, or for their relatively recent, yet high impact, service to UU faith development.

If you have made a nomination in the past several years, your nomination is still active. However, you are welcome to provide a new, updated nomination letter and/or supporting materials.

Nominations are due by email on March 15, 2019.