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LREDA Accepting Nominations for Treasurer

As you have been informed by the LREDA board, we are reopening the search for the LREDA Treasurer. Two excellent candidates could not take the position due to vocational changes. We are grateful for the prompt and concise leadership of the board in dealing with this vacancy.

We are confident that there are good candidates among our membership. Maybe you have always wanted to serve in a LREDA leadership position and hesitated in applying. If you feel that you have been served by this organization in the past and would like to contribute to its future, please consider applying! Also, if there is a colleague you believe has something to offer in this position, please encourage him or her to apply! Serving on the LREDA board provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to the growth of our faith and the support of fellow religious professionals.

It is important to know two things about the job as treasurer. 

1. The LREDA treasurer should have an interest in and a level of comfort with financial management, but need not be an expert or have held another Treasurer position. Training and support are provided. 

2. In addition, the treasurer works collaboratively with the LREDA board listening to the membership, planning for the future, and guiding the LREDA organization in its mission.

Both of these qualities are held in healthy tension to contribute to the overall work of the LREDA board. Read the treasurer job description here. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2017.

Applications should include a letter of interest, three references, and an extended resume/CV that includes your professional work, professional development, and leadership experience. Please include "Nominating Committee" in the Subject line of your application and send to Michele Grove at [email protected] 


Regards and best wishes as you enter the summer season,

LREDA Nominating Committee 

Kim Mason, Chair
Michele Grove
Katy Carpman

LREDA Board Affirms Support of UU White Supremacy Teach In

The Board of The Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) encourages our members to support and participate in the UU White Supremacy Teach In. This call to action and worship comes from a growing network of UUs--religious professionals and and lay leaders from both within and outside congregations--led by UUs of color and white UUs working together.  

Congregations are committing to discuss the realities of racism and white supremacy in our congregations, in our Association, and in our faith on April 30th or May 7th. We support this movement and encourage your participation.  Learn more and sign up at http://www.blacklivesuu.com/uuwhitesupremacyteachin/.

As a continental organization, we are aware that not all LREDA members are connected with the UUA. Nevertheless, our Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to dismantle white supremacy in our congregations and wider communities, whether in the U.S. or Canada.
Sincerely, 
The LREDA Board

Cathy Seggel, President
Robin Pugh, Vice President
Andrea James, Secretary
Karen LoBracco, Treasurer
Annie Scott, President-Elect
Meagan Henry, At Large: Professional Support
Leah Purcell, At Large: Professional Development
Lily Rappaport, At Large: Continental Events

LREDA Letter to Membership

On behalf of LREDA, we want to recognize and support our colleagues who are courageously speaking truth to power and leading another round of critical conversations about intersectional issues of oppression within our Association.

We are writing this message so that LREDA members, colleagues in shared ministry, UUA Administration & Staff, UUA Board and the Unitarian Universalist community knows we are paying close attention to the communications that have been shared in multiple ways this week. LREDA leadership is aware of the urgent need for diligence in affirming the importance, expertise and comprehensive scope of the service of religious educators and in particular, religious educators of color.

We hold up this excerpt from the UUA funded report of the Joint Task Force on Excellence in Shared Ministry of the LREDA/UUMN/UUMA in 2013, “There are relationships of authority and accountability among us and with the people we serve. Against an historical backdrop or power-over oppression, and ignorance, we encourage a rigorous re-examination and re-formation of relationships that are respected, tended and framed in a spirit of justice as well as in the shared goal of mutual support. This requires being mindful of the use of formal and informal power and an acute awareness of power dynamics.”

A LREDA observer will be present to witness the UUA Board deliberations in April and see if and how they take advantage of this potent opportunity in our Association’s history. We are also in direct communication with other stakeholders.

We are painfully aware of the realities of unfair practices in our own organization, our Association and beyond. LREDA Board will be meeting in April to review our own policies and practices in order to further hold our role in dismantling institutional oppression.

We will continue to communicate as we stay rooted in this hard, essential and deeply spiritual work.

Cathy Seggel, President LREDA & Annie Scott, President-Elect

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Serving on the LREDA Board

As their terms serving the LREDA Board turn toward the final stretch, Karen LoBracco and Meagan Henry share the things they have learned and enjoyed about serving LREDA members. 

 

From the Treasurer's Bench, 

For the past 2.5 years I have served our profession as LREDA’s Treasurer. Like most interesting jobs it has been dynamic, requiring me to learn and stretch. Every new opportunity that LREDA took advantage of – accepting donations of stock, grant applications, managing the transition from Administrator as contractor to employee, accepting a large Endowment donation for the Chapter Challenge program – all required some restructuring on my part to adapt to this new world. I have learned so much!

The other benefit of serving on the LREDA Board has been the opportunity to meet and get to know so many of you! On the Board, through the committees and working groups as well as at our professional gathering, I have had the joy of moving from “I recognize that NAME” to “I know that PERSON and a bit of their story”. What a gift!

At our most recent Fall Conference we tackled four “Tough Topics”, and money was one of them. As treasurer I applaud the power money has to help us achieve our dreams, and so I work to reduce our costs and maximize our income so we can fund more dreams. Those dreams are about connection and support in good times and in bad, about new ways of approaching the challenges of Unitarian Universalist faith development, and being the best professional we can be. Unfortunately, even when specifically summoned by the LREDA Board, my magic wand has proven to be quite ineffective in conjuring up extra money. Disappointing, so as treasurer I am forced to fall back on the old standbys of realistic planning and careful management.
LREDA is a vital force in our UU world and the communities we serve because of your generous support and sharing of your funds, your time and your wisdom. Thank you!

In Faith,

Karen LoBracco

 

Dear Colleagues,

It's hard to believe my term as your LREDA Board Member with the Professional Support portfolio is almost over! It is truly an honor to serve in this position, and I'm grateful to have this opportunity to grow and to learn. Most of all, I’m grateful to serve you, the inspiring and dedicated members of LREDA.

Professional Support is key to our members and the services offered by our Good Officers is vital for the health of our profession. As the coordinator for this program, I’ve learned of the many challenges faced by our Religious Educators, and I’ve witnessed the struggles and joys around the work we do. I’m proud of the fact that we updated our Code of Professional Practice and I’m looking forward to finishing updates to our Guidelines. These resources are available online for anyone to read and I view this as a service to all religious professionals, not only our members. I’ve established a link to my counterpart in the UUMA and I hope my successor with continue to build upon this relationship so that we will have better knowledge and a clearer understanding of our respective roles and responsibilities to our members.

One of the most challenging aspects of my term has been trying to figure out how to best support and in some cases, revive local LREDA Chapters. We have some Chapters with religious educators who find great value in meeting regularly, either in person or online for worship, reflection, program sharing, and problem solving. These folks provide an incredibly supportive and vital link to one another and enable many of us who tend to be fairly isolated in our work to have a professional growth community. In other Chapter areas, I see that many religious educators have not had the opportunity to benefit from this collegiality and support. Therefore, they don’t know how beneficial it is and they do not feel the need to engage in Chapter or cluster gatherings. However, there are some exciting new initiatives happening that I hope will bring more religious educators into supportive communities of growth and learning, such as the MidAmerica LREDA Learning Collaborative initiated by Nancy Combs-Morgan and explained in more detail here.

I must share with you all the thing I've enjoyed the most about my position is getting to know so many of you over the past 2 and 1/2 years. You inspire me to strive to continue to improve and seek new ways to enhance my work and spiritual growth every day. Serving on the LREDA Board is truly an honor! I look forward to seeing our professional organization’s next steps.

With Gratitude,
Meagan Henry