2018/19 Issue Number 10

May 2019

In This Issue...

  1. Notes from the Vice-President
  2. LREDA Town Hall
  3. 2018-19 AGM
  4. Milestones
  5. Spotlight
    1. Get Connected
  6. LREDA Professional Days Workshop
  7. LREDA's Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture

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Advancing the field of Unitarian Universalist faith development
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President Annie Scott

Vice President Linnea Nelson

Treasurer Juliet Donaldson

Secretary Andrea James

Continental Events Lily Rappaport

Good Offices Jules Jaramillo

Leadership Development Lisa Maria A. Steinberg


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Conference Planner Bea Ann Phillips

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Notes from the Vice-President

Linnea Nelson, LREDA Vice-President

Dear LREDA Members:

Your LREDA Board gathered for an annual extended meeting in early April. The rural Massachusetts weather was chilly but clear and our rented house was owned by a UU family. Julica Hermann de la Fuente, anti-racism consultant, joined us to facilitate decentering white supremacy culture within LREDA by practicing new ways of

  •     sharing leadership,
  •     making decisions
  •     creating space in meetings for deep conversation,
  •     communicating and being with one another.

Julica taught us directly about intersectionality, white fragility, and finding our own liberation in this work. We explored privilege and our ongoing "not knowing what we do not know." Julica's instruction in anti-racism conversations led to another slice of understanding about how to look for signs of trauma; how to practice self care; ways to curate joy; and the importance of assessing our language and our organization for infiltrations of oppression. All this with the goal of growing our capacity to support LREDA members.

Our learnings also included recognizing that there are different ways to be together and to run meetings. For example, when we meet without a minute-to-minute agenda, we create space for more voices and deeper conversations. We also practiced holding multiple truths, which left room for more creative problem solving. We explored how we can better meet the needs of LREDA members through transparency and invitations to be in conversation. We grieved for the collective challenges religious educators face and began conversations to increase support and training for our Good Officers. We experienced getting to know one another deeply as a most important first step in working well together.

We still have questions about how to better center multicultural perspectives and how to empower you, our members, to invest in LREDA in order to flourish as an organization and become a greater force for change. We want to empower and encourage your participation in Chapter and Continental LREDA. To that end, we will be offering "Online Town Halls" before important LREDA decisions need to be made. You will have opportunities to be in conversation about some of the topics that come before the board. We hope you will join us for the first discussion about our 2019 Budget on Wednesday May 22nd at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, led by our Treasurer Juliet Donaldson (see below).

The LREDA Board is dedicated to carrying the learnings from our April meetings forward. I hope that leads to getting to know you better. Let's find time at our Chapter meetings; at General Assembly and Professional Days; and at Fall Con or other regional events to say more than hello--to deepen those conversations in the LREDA Facebook group! Let's work together to create space for deep conversations and lending our powerful voices to the work of LREDA. We are a force. We are always learning. Your voice counts.

Love from Linnea Nelson, your board Vice President, on behalf of the board: Juliet Donaldson, Andrea James, Jules Jaramillo, Lily Rappaport, Annie Scott, LIsa Maria A. Steinberg; and your Administrator, Kari Kopnick.

Linnea Nelson serves LREDA as Vice-President from 2018-2021.

LREDA Town Hall: 2019-20 Budget

We hope you'll join us for a discussion about our 2019-20 Budget, led by LREDA Treasurer Juliet Donaldson

May 22, 2019

12:00 PST / 1:00 MST / 2:00 CST / 3:00 EST

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LREDA Annual General Meeting

The 2018-19 Annual Meeting of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) will be held during LREDA Professional Days on June 19th, 2019, 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Spokane City Center by Hilton, in Grand Ballroom V, in Spokane, Washington.

More information may be found here. An AGM packet is available here. An email will be sent to all members when online voting opens.


Professional milestones should be reported to [email protected] for inclusion in the monthly newsletter.

After 24 years of service as DRE at the UU Church of Minnetonka (western suburb of Minneapolis), Andrea Heier, CRE, is retiring on June 2.  Over the years she instituted a plethora of leadership and service programs for youth, as well as milestone programming for young people entering K, 6th grade and 9th grade.  She is currently guiding the first pilot of the UU Families Initiative, developed at Unity Unitarian Church in St. Paul, through which families learn UU rituals for the home.  Additionally, she was a District LREDA officer as well as serving on a variety of leadership committees for the District, Region, and continental LREDA.  She looks forward to caring for her garden and her grandchildren, and catching up on some home projects without the challenge of work deadlines.  And . . . she wonders where life will now lead her and her husband, Bill. 



There are five great ways for religious educators to connect with one another.

There are four Facebook groups that serve four different purposes:

  • Unitarian Universalist Religious Educators is a large, fast moving group with a large section of files with all kinds of information. It's a great place for community and to get ideas and information.
  • LREDA is a members-only group where we sometimes have conversations that are best had in a covenanted community--everyone here agrees to follow our Code of Professional Practices.
  • LREDA Large is for religious educators of large (over 200 children and youth ) UU religious education programs.
  • And the new group is LREDA Small which is a developmental group specifically for folks serving small congregations and often working very part-time.

There is also a listserv for LREDA members, which is less active than it used to be but it's still where we share important announcements and information.  


LREDA Professionals Days Workshop












Congregational Faith Formation – Growing in Faith, from "I" to "We”

Wednesday, June 19th, Spokane, Washington
The Fahs Collaborative Staff
Joy Berry, M.A., Assistant Director,
Mark A. Hicks, Ed.D. Director 

We usually think of faith development as an individual experience. But it’s not, especially during these challenging times when the standards for how to live and be in relation with each other are in desperate need of revisioning.  This workshop invites learners to consider faith formation as a congregation-wide approach to shared learning so that part of every congregation’s ministry has a better chance of transforming lives, deepening covenantal community, and supporting inclusive and just action beyond the church walls.
The workshop will feature current models and resources for congregational faith formation, and explore how religious professionals can work together to center faith development across generations, cultural identities and theological commitments.  This program welcomes both religious educators and ministers; church staff teams may find it especially helpful to attend together.

There are three levels of registration prices:

  • The Cost PLUS which pays for the expenses of the event plus a little more. $145
  • The Cost which is about what the event costs. $120
  • The Cost MINUS which tries to be a little more accessible. $75

Click here to register

The Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture 2019

Thursday 6/20/2019, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM          
Convention Center -- 100B

Whether we consider faith formation, growth, social justice and/or dismantling white supremacy, Unitarian Universalists could use an identity update. This presentation embraces who we are and challenges who we think we are. Seeing ourselves as a Community of Communities changes our future and it is key to the Beloved Community.

Paula Cole Jones serves as Interim Congregational Life Staff for the Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is a lifelong member of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.  Her experience in this multicultural congregation led to involvement as a leader in anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multicultural training and consulting with the Unitarian Universalist Association.  

Paula has years of experience as a Management Consultant specializing in group facilitation and institutional change.  In a previous career, she worked as a Natural Resource Manager with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and as an Environmental Specialist, with the District of Columbia Government. She is a past president of Diverse & Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) and the founder of A Dialogue On Race & Ethnicity (ADORE).  Paula is the author of “Reconciliation as a Spiritual Discipline,” which appeared in the UU World magazine in 2004; a contributing author to three books, A People So Bold: Theology and Ministry for Unitarian Universalists, Darkening the Doorways, and Justice on Earth, which is this year’s UUA Common Read.  Paula is the editor of Encounters: Poems about race, ethnicity and identity, published by Skinner House Books.  Paula is co-author, along with Bruce Pollack-Johnson, of the 8th Principle which is being discussed by many UU congregations and has been adopted by some.  And last, Paula is honored to be invited to be the Sophia Fahs Lecturer at General Assembly this year.