LREDA Fall Conference 2018: Welcome to Houston, Texas

November 1- November 5

Registration Form


Early Bird Price $400 (Renaissance Module add-on $100)

LREDA Fall Con will have four tracks of workshops led by religious educators, ministers and UUA staff. Choose workshops from "Family Ministry," "Your Employee Status," "Relationships and Power," and "Social Justice." You can choose to attend the whole track or pick and choose from any of the workshops.

Don't forget options for taking the Youth Ministry Ren Mod (which would be in lieu of all daytime workshops) or a day of workshops specifically for New(er) Religious Educators! In the evenings we will have caucus groups and speakers from the UUA Commission on Institutional Change and Religious Educators from the UUA Board of Trustees. Registration begins Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. and the conference ends by noon on Nov. 5.


Thursday November 1

LREDA Large  12 pm (registration required)
LREDA Small  12 pm (registration required)
Registration 2 pm
First Timer Orientation

Fall Conference

Thursday November 1
Evening  Reception

Friday November 2
All Day Programming
Chapter Leader Meeting 

Saturday November 3
All Day Programming

Sunday November 4
All Day Programming
Banquet Dinner 

Monday November 5
Member meeting
Conference Ends 



  • Sept. 1 - last day for Fall Conference early bird registration
  • Sept. 15 - regular scholarship deadline.
  • Sept. 20 - expected date scholarship recipients will be informed of their award
  • Oct. 1 - regular registration ends
  • Oct. 5 - Last Chance Scholarship deadline.  Maximum awards would be half the amount had application been received by Sept. 15.  Awards also would be contingent on having sufficient scholarship funds available.
  • Oct. 10 - expected date Last Chance Scholarship recipients notified of their award

Apply for a scholarship to attend the LREDA Fall Conference. Funds may be used for your registration fee, meals, transportation, to offset lost income from a second job, for childcare or any other thing you need to make your attendance at the conference possible. 
Last year LREDA awarded $13,000 dollars! Please apply before the REGULAR deadline  for a full award. 

 Other notes:

  • Breakfast is included in the HOTEL stay. If you are staying offsite, breakfast is on your own. 
  • The Sunday Evening banquet cost for guests who are not registered for the conference is $95.
  • The only meals included in the conference registration are the Thursday night reception and the Sunday banquet.

Conference registration details here.

 Hotel Info for LREDA Fall Con 2018

Directions to the Hotel 
The Hotel does not offer transportation to or from the airport.

The conference hotel is the Hilton Houston Post Oak near the Galleria, located at 2001 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056. (713) 961-9300

  • LREDA Group Rate is $159+tax for a single/double/triple/quad per night. 
  • Group rate includes complimentary wifi and breakfast.
  • Please include the names of all roommates on the reservation so that everyone can get a key at check in.  
  • Reserve your room HERE

The cut-off date for making hotel reservations at the group rate is October 7, 2018.  We cannot guarantee rate or availability after that date OR WHEN THE BLOCK IS FILLED, whichever comes first.  Reserve your room EARLY!

If you have any problems making a reservation on line, please contact the hotel directly and refer to the LREDA Fall Conference.  For additional assistance, please contact our meeting planner, Bea Ann Phillips [email protected].

  Past LREDA Fall Conferences

Year Theme Speaker Odyssey  Site Chapter
2017 Brave Spaces Various Jan Devor Denver, CO MD
2016 Bringing a Spiritual Dimension to Tough Topics: Money, Death, Race and Sex UUA FDO: Jessica York, Pat Kahn, Gail Forsyth-Vail, Melanie Davis Judith Frediani San Diego, CA PSW
2015 LREDA WithOut Walls: Technology, Theme-based Ministry, Full Week Faith   Ginger Luke Morristown, NJ MNY
2014 Professional Matters: Staff Relations, Finance, Continuing Education, Radical Hospitality, Pastoral Care, Self Care Various Susan Archer Decatur, GA SE
2013 Fahs Collaborative Mark Hicks and Fahs Fellows Carol Haag St. Paul, MN PS
2012 History, Shared Ministry Task Force  Paul Rasor Pat Ellenwood Williamsburg, VA JP
2011 Don't Just Do It, Think About It: Sustaining Our Mind, Body, and Spirit Kim Stafford and Linda Christianson Gaia Brown Portland, OR PNW
2010 Transforming the Jericho Road Various, service opportunities in the community Rev. Ruth Ellen Gibson New Orleans, LA SW
2009 A Time to Exhale Rev. Dr. Peter Steinke and Rev. Dr. Thandeka with Kevin Tarsa Rev. Dr. Liz Strong Providence, RI CB
2008 Building a Multigenerational Faith Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker Pat Hoertdoerfer Albuquerque, NM MD
2007 Weaving the Fabric of our Faith Judithi Frediani and LFD Team Makannah Morriss San Antonio, TX SW
2006 To Honor the Many Gifts We Bring Bill Jones and the Integrity Team  Jacqui James Orlando, FL   FL
2005  Mapping Uncharted Territory: New Directions for Growing Congregations Larry Peers  Carol Ann Taylor Philadelphia, PA   JP
 2004  New Models for Religious Education in the 21st Century (Workshop Rotation Model, Way Cool Sunday School, Small Group Ministry, Spirit Play) Vivian Gussin Paley, Keynote. Workshop Leaders: Kathy Keith and September Gerety, Todd Strickland and Katherine Farmer, Gail Forsyth Vail and Helen Zidowecki, and Nita Penfold.  Midge Skwire Chicago, IL  CMW
 2003 Creating Rituals......Children and Community Sobonfu Some Helen Bishop Sacramento, CA PC
 2002  A Theology of Religious Education Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker Betty Jo Middleton Asheville, NC  TJ
 2001 Professional Matters Helen Bishop Jan Evans-Tiller  Toronto, ON  STL
2000 Nurturing Ourselves and Others Sharon Thornton Carol Edwards Santa Barbara, CA PSW
1999 LREDA's 50th Anniversary Jeanne Nieuwejaar, Frank Robertson, Holly Hollerroth, Elizabeth Anastos LREDA Plymouth, MA MB
1998 Our Whole Lives Pam Wilson, Roberta and Christopher Nelson, Judith Frediani, Jennifer Harrison, Sarah Gibb Roberta Nelson Salt Lake City, UT MD
1997 Congregations as Learning Organizations Larry Peers, Anthony Di Bella, Jeanellen Ryan  Norma Veridan San Antonio, TX SW