2019/20 Issue Number 3

October 2019

In This Issue...

  1. October Notes
  2. Thank you, Lisa Maria
  3. LREDA Fall Conference
  4. 21st Century Fund Grant
  5. Unitarian Sunday School Society
  6. UU College of Social Justice
  7. News from Skinner House

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Notes from the President

Dear LREDA Members, 

In my role as President of LREDA, I have the unique opportunity to collaborate with many leaders in our faith. I have regular calls with leaders of these UU organizations:

Allies for Racial Equity (ARE)
Association for UU Music Ministries (AUUMM)
Association for UU Administrators (AUUA)
UU Association of Membership Professionals (UUAMP)
Diverse & Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUM)
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA)

LREDA members are by nature collaborative, and our collaboration with leaders of these organizations has led to:

Conversations for Liberation to support discussion about the “Power of We.” These curated tools are on the LREDA website to help you and leaders in your congregation support the movement forward in eradicating oppression within our walls.

Working on a shared ethics board that would hold UU organizations to the same ethical expectations and responsibilities.

So What Can Each of Us Do?
On October 8th at 12noon PT/1p.m. MT/2p.m CT/3 p.m. ET let’s get together for an online Town Hall to discuss how we can collaborate and support one another. We’ll start with some ways that we can support our religious educator colleagues in LREDA.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself and your colleagues in advance of our Online Town Hall:

Would you like to collaborate in some way?
How might we work together more closely to support our collective UU mission?
How could our religious education programs collaborate in support of our collective faith development?

Let’s start asking some questions to kick off a year of collaboration with our faith partners, right in our clusters or in our own congregations!

Zoom link for Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, October 8 at 12noon PT/1p.m. MT/2p.m CT/3 p.m. ET.

​Blessings, ​

Linnea Nelson
President, LREDA

Gratitude for Lisa Maria A. Steinberg

Please join us in thanking Lisa Maria A. Steinberg for her service to Continental LREDA as the board member with the Leadership Development portfolio. She is stepping down to attend to her extended family.

Lisa Maria provided support for our Chapter Leaders, the Religious Education Credentialing Committee, LREDA Large, LREDA Small and the Committee on Mentoring. The board is in the process of appointing a board member to complete her term.

Thank you, Lisa Maria, for your service to LREDA. We wish you all the best and we look forward to seeing you at Fall Con!

Join us for the LREDA Fall Conference Nov 8-10, 2019

Theologies of Suffering and Wholeness: Companions in Liberation

Highlights of the Keynote Presentations

Friday 11/8, 9:30-11:30 am 
Honey for the Soul: This workshop, led by Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, Dr. Elias Ortega, and Rev. Sofia Betancourt draws on uses of honey as metaphors for kitchen table faith development, the faith formation that happens outside of our congregational walls. In these challenging times, how can we best partner with parents and families to faithfully engage the realities of suffering while leaning into a greater wholeness.

Saturday 11/9, 10:00-11:30 am
Taking Your Faith Seriously – This workshop, led by Dr. Elias Ortega and Rev. Sofia Betancourt, approaches theologies of suffering and wholeness with the goal of strengthening spiritual practice and deepening our UU engagement. We will engage resources within and outside our UU theological tradition to expand the sources of inspiration that ground us as a faith community.

Sunday 11/10, 11:45 am -12:45 pm
Coming Full Circle, an Odyssey by the Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

Apply for a 21st Century Fund Grant

Do you have a great idea that would benefit religious educators or the field of religious education, but you need funding?

The 21st Century Fund supplies grants which support innovative projects that serve Unitarian Universalist religious educators and the field of religious education. Projects funded include (but are not limited to) innovative programs, training opportunities, publications, electronic networks, and services for religious educators. The 21st Century Grant program is funded by the LREDA Endowment. Deadline to apply is December 31st.

An Invitation from the Unitarian Universalist Sunday School Society

The USSS funds innovative, relevant ideas to support and deepen Unitarian Universalist faith formation. This year we are also addressing white supremacy culture in our funding work and moving towards anti-oppressive practices in our board work, meetings, grants, and fund management.

You can be a part of this! The Unitarian Sunday School Society (USSS) is looking for new board members. Be a part of funding innovative faith formation. Be part of the changing face of philanthropic justice.

We are looking to add new voices from different social and geographic locations. Could it be you? Here’s a link for more information on board positions. If you’re interested, message incoming president, Kathy Smith. And please, share with anyone you think would be good at this!

News from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice

January 2020 Root Causes Delegation to El Salvador
The UU College of Social Justice has organized a special journey for religious leaders to El Salvador January 19-26, 2020, with UUSC partner Cristosal. Through this deep dive into the realities of one of the countries driving migration to the US, religious leaders will strengthen their capacity to support and lead their communities in the struggle for migrant justice. We are particularly encouraging DREs to apply; generous scholarship help is available

Spring Border Witness for Religious Leaders
Join UUSC President Mary Katherine Morn and other religious leaders in this UU College of Social Justice Border Witness journey to Tucson, AZ,April 13-17, 2020. These five days offer an immersive experience into the realities of the US/Mexico border, and will inspire your own activism and equip you to help deepen that of your congregation, through a deeper understanding of what migration justice might look like.  We are particularly encouraging DREs to apply; generous scholarship help is available.

New from Skinner House Books

Help children cultivate a practice of gratitude and a sense of wonder for the world around them with Goodness Gracious: A Gratitude Book for Children. Meaningful, sweet, and sometimes downright silly, Kathleen A. Green’s thankful thoughts, her kid-friendly term for expressions of gratitude, help children say thank you for all aspects of their lives, from the earth and their families to their pets, teachers, and even mac and cheese! Ages 3–8. Goodness Gracious is available at inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop.