2019/20 Issue Number 4

November 2019

In This Issue...

  1. November Notes
  2. LREDA Fall Conference
  3. 21st Century Fund 
  4. RE Credentialing Scholarship
  5. UUSC: Learning
  6. Town Hall

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November Notes from the President

picture of woman with silver hair and glassesDear LREDA Members,

The 2019 LREDA Fall Con in Baltimore is our biggest LREDA conference ever! With “Theologies of Suffering and Wholeness: Tools for Liberation” we move our faith forward as we open our hearts to welcoming and companioning one another during challenging as well as joyful times.

We are grateful to Jessica York who reminds us that suffering is a part of life that we shouldn’t have to hide when we are in Unitarian Universalist settings. Our faith has wonderful celebrations of joy, yet we have not fully opened to holding one another during times of grief and trauma. This conference will explore how Unitarian Universalism can become the place where we can bring our whole selves. We can learn to be as welcoming to those in grief and despair as those experiencing joy. LREDA is honored to be bringing this theme forward and grateful to all who have contributed.

In particular, great thanks go to Eleanor VanDuesen, LREDA Board member holding the Continental Events portfolio and Katharine Childs, Fall Conference Chair, who have worked year-round to bring this conference to you. Gratitude to Fall Conference Planning Team members Sheila Schuh, Robin Slaw and Kathy Smith and to Worship team Chair Erica Shadowsong and members Katharine Childs and Kathy Smith. Appreciation to our creative and talented Music Director Jen Hayman and the talented musicians who will be joining the worship team. Please talk to any of them if you are interested in serving on these creative working groups next year!

If you are registered for the conference, watch for Kari Kopnick’s indispensable daily emails to remind you of the events of the day and any changes to the schedule. Kari often includes answers to the FAQs she fields throughout the day…so don’t skip reading them! The agenda is only online as we work toward greener UU spaces.

For those of you who will be watching on Facebook Live, please tune in to the LREDA Facebook page throughout the day but particularly on:
• Friday at 9:45 ET for our opening presentation, “Honey for the Soul,” by Rev. Rosemary Bray-McNatt, President of Starr King School for the Ministry and Assistant Professor Rev. Sofia Betancourt, also from Starr King; and Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte, President of Meadville Lombard Theological School.
• Saturday at 10 a.m. ET “Taking Your Faith Seriously,” presented by Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte and Rev. Sofia Betancourt.
• Sunday at 11:45 a.m. ET Odyssey: “Coming Full Circle” from Rev. Rosemary Bray-McNatt.

Whether you are with us in spirit or in person, we look forward to exploring together how Unitarian Universalism can be a faith for all times.


Linnea Nelson
President, LREDA

Highlights of the Keynote Presentations

Friday 11/8, 9:30-11:30 am 
Honey for the Soul: This workshop, led by Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, Dr. Elias Ortega, and Rev. Sofia Betancourt draws on uses of honey as metaphors for kitchen table faith development, the faith formation that happens outside of our congregational walls. In these challenging times, how can we best partner with parents and families to faithfully engage the realities of suffering while leaning into a greater wholeness.

Saturday 11/9, 10:00-11:30 am
Taking Your Faith Seriously – This workshop, led by Dr. Elias Ortega and Rev. Sofia Betancourt, approaches theologies of suffering and wholeness with the goal of strengthening spiritual practice and deepening our UU engagement. We will engage resources within and outside our UU theological tradition to expand the sources of inspiration that ground us as a faith community.

Sunday 11/10, 11:45 am -12:45 pm
Coming Full Circle, an Odyssey by the Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt


graphic advertising the 21st century fund grant, deadline Dec 31st

Do you have a great idea that would benefit religious educators or the field of religious education, but you need funding?

The 21st Century Fund supplies grants which support innovative projects that serve Unitarian Universalist religious educators and the field of religious education. Projects funded include (but are not limited to) innovative programs, training opportunities, publications, electronic networks, and services for religious educators. The 21st Century Grant program is funded by the LREDA Endowment. Deadline to apply is December 31st.

 Graphic that says Apply: RE Credentialing Scholarship Oct 1 - Nov 15

LREDA provides scholarship assistance for education and trainings for those in the credentialing program.  Scholarship applications are accepted ONLY from Oct. 1-Nov. 15 and during the month of February. More information here about scholarship priority and policies.


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January 2020 Root Causes Delegation to El Salvador
The UU College of Social Justice has organized a special journey for religious leaders to El Salvador January 19-26, 2020, with UUSC partner Cristosal. Through this deep dive into the realities of one of the countries driving migration to the US, religious leaders will strengthen their capacity to support and lead their communities in the struggle for migrant justice. We are particularly encouraging religious educators to apply; generous scholarship help is available. 

Spring Border Witness for Religious Leaders
Join UUSC President Mary Katherine Morn and other religious leaders in this UU College of Social Justice Border Witness journey to Tucson, AZ,April 13-17, 2020. These five days offer an immersive experience into the realities of the US/Mexico border, and will inspire your own activism and equip you to help deepen that of your congregation, through a deeper understanding of what migration justice might look like.  We are particularly encouraging religious educators to apply; generous scholarship help is available.

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Please join us for a Town Hall on Dec. 10 at 12noon PT/1 p.m.MT/2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET. We’ll use this time during this busy month to slow down and take a breath as we explore spiritual practices: https://zoom.us/j/434061626 Call-in: 646 876 9923, Meeting ID: 434 061 626