LREDA Continental Fall Conference 2018: Welcome to Houston, Texas


November 1- November 5

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To honor the rebuilding of Houston after Hurricane Harvey and to embrace the rebuilding of Fall Con, our new theme is “Changing the Narrative.” Like Houston, we recognize that in order to rebuild, we need to tell our stories, learn from one other, and work together to transform ourselves.

Our format this year is based on learning together and from one another. Thank you to all of you who expressed your preferences in the evaluation of Fall Con 2017. In response, and in hopes of “Changing the Narrative,” choice is paramount. We are offering workshops in various tracks:

  • family ministry
  • faith formation
  • employment practices
  • social justice
  • self care
  • relationships/power

POC Space
There will be a dedicated People of Color (POC) space throughout the entire conference. Information about its location will be in emails that arrive before the conference, at registration and via clear signage at the hotel.

You can choose one session from each track, all sessions in just one track, or any combination that speaks to you. Totally your choice. One exception is if you wish to take the Youth Ministry Renaissance Module led by Jamaine Cripe and Sara Lewis. The Ren Mod will run at the same time as all of the workshops. Note that you must pre-register and space is limited. If you take the Ren Mod, you will still be able to fully participate in all worships, Friday morning opening, and all evening festivities.

New Religious Educator
“The New(er) Religious Educator” will take place on Saturday and will be led by UUA staff Pat Kahn and Nancy Combs Morgan. All are welcome. There is no requirement that you be brand new in your position!

To make sure we are pacing ourselves, there is an important self-care track called “With Blessings” that encourages you to find a quiet space, a friend, or even a Chaplain--whatever will meet your needs best during any of the sessions. You will likely need time to reflect on the stories and learnings and we encourage you to take self-care seriously and “with blessings.”

Julica Hermann de la Fuente will help us frame our conference on Thursday evening by leading us in “Crafting New Stories: Decentering Whiteness as Religious Educators.” She is also part of Friday evening presentation with Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore from the Commission on Institutional Change. Also on Friday night will be religious educators who are on the UUA Board of Trustees: Tim Atkins and Gregory Boyd. The Friday morning kickoff “Yes, No, Social Justice” experience with Rev. Kathleen McTigue (and religious educator friends) will help us set the tone for how to make decisions with these changing narratives.

Music and Worship
Mark Vogel, Fall Con Music Director and Music Director at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, will partner with Fall Con Worship Chair Erica Shadowsong, Lifespan Religious Education Director at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, to bring us songs and stories to help us “Change the Narrative.”

Exhibit in the Bookstore

You are invited to sell items in the bookstore curricula, classroom resources, music, wearable art, notecards, UU things of all kinds. Ira Lerner, LREDA Bookstore Manager, will manage the sales.

  • Either bring the items to Houston and take the remainder with you, or cover the cost of shipping both ways.
  • Agree that LREDA will retain 20% of your sales as commission to help cover the expenses involved in this venture.
  • Mark all items clearly with your initials and the price (including the commission) - whole/quarter dollar pricing is appreciated. no $x.99 please.
  • Provide an inventory sheet with the names of the items and prices
  • Supply display baskets/racks if you can for items that need them. We retain the right to make final decisions about how best display the items.

Please Contact both Andrea Lerner and Ira Lerner with your questions and offers of consignment items. The bookstore will accept cash, checks made payable to LREDA and credit cards (with an added 3% convenience fee for the bank charge)

 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.  
  • The conference rate has ended but you may check on current availability HERE

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