LREDA Fall Conference 2018: Welcome to Houston, Texas

November 1- November 5

Registration Form


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


Thursday November 1

LREDA Large  12 pm (registration required)
LREDA Small  12 pm (registration required)
Registration 2 pm

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 


SCHOLARSHIPS: Please do 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 deadlinle 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 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].


LREDA Fall Conference Programming Information: Outside the Box at Fall Conference, from the June eNews

As we've been exploring our internal systems, the LREDA Board gave ourselves permission to rethink everything about our biggest event: Fall Conference

We asked ourselves, what do religious educators need in these exciting, challenging, truth-telling times? Our answers included: powerful, healing worship; understanding power dynamics and systems of oppression; inspiration to do extraordinary things; and celebrating the groundbreaking work that's already out there.

Join us in Houston, November 1-5 for Moving Mountains - Together

Still in the planning stages, we are thinking outside the Fall Con box. There will be times when we all come together: connecting, worshiping, eating, sharing, and learning together is a highlight of Fall Con! And there will be times when we move into smaller learning environments, or tracks.

New religious educators will be offered a track that will provide a grounding in this vital and beloved work. The newly-revised Ministery with Youth Renaissance Module will be embedded in the conference to save participants money and time.  And we are exploring dynamic workshops and speakers that will speak to the needs of religious educators of color, and long-time religious educators. This year LREDA Large and Small will meet prior to Fall Conference. 

While we don't yet have more than this to share, we wanted you know how different the timing will be, so you can map out your travel. Again,

  • LREDA Large and Small gatherings will happen before Fall Con
  • New DRE and Renaissance Module tracks will happen during Fall Con
  • There will be other tracks offered during the conference as well. (If you are taking the Ren Mod, you'll need to complete the whole thing to get credit.)

If you have questions, ideas to share, or would like to get involved, please email Lily Rappaport, [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