professional days

Professional Days 2022

Collaborative Leadership for Collective Liberation


with Aisha Hauser and Rev. Deanna Vandiver

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Professional Day either in Portland or online. Thanks to Aisha and Deanna for such an amazing and inspiring presentation and thanks to Kirsten Hunter for facilitating our online program.

Please share the video and handouts below with friends, and colleagues.

Unitarian Universalism is a faith that does not promise heaven or hell, only that revelation is ever unfolding. What if our systems of leadership reflected this theology? At our best we work together in community to make the world a more just and loving place. This ideal does not always manifest itself in our institutional spaces because of the inherited hierarchical and supremacist structures in which we operate.

What experiences of beloved community will be possible when we are willing to change these oppressive paradigms?

  • It is possible to affirm each person’s roles in our communities while appreciating each other’s gifts and talents.
  • It is necessary to transform oppressive power structures on the journey towards collective liberation.

Thank you, Aisha Hauser and Deanna Vandiver

Professional Days 2021

Reality & Resilience:  Responding to Ongoing Crisis

The 2021 Board with our 2021 Professional Day Contributors

Annual Meeting

LREDA members approved the 2021-2022 budget and voted for the new slate

Check out this Google Slides deck for more information on the slate.

Email us here if you have any questions about the budget or here for any other questions.

Aisha's first reading came from this book.

Past Professional Days

Professional Days 2020, Threading the Needles, was held on June 22 - 23, 2020.  Learning to center compassion, grace, and liberation is not an easy task for religious professionals in this polarized climate.  As Unitarian Universalists, we have an opportunity to create a container to learn how to center liberation, while affirming that we will make mistakes on the journey.  How do we de-center whiteness, while not misappropriating?  How do we acknowledge power differentials and social locations of each other, while holding each other with compassion?  

Professional Days 2019 & before