Continental LREDA Professional Days
June 18-19, 2019
Spokane, Washington, USA


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You are welcome to register, but lunch is no longer guaranteed with your registration fee. 

Tuesday, June 18th: UUMA Collegial Conversation 2-3:15: Joint Ethics Summit, Maple Ballroom, Doubletree Hotel (get your name badge from Kari outside the room)
Wednesday, June 19th: LREDA Professional Day Program, DoubleTree Grand Ballroom V:

8:15 am Registration
8:45 am Opening Music begins
9:00 am Welcome and Worship
9:30 am Program
11:50 am Break
12:00 pm Lunch and Business Meeting
1:30 pm Meeting ends
2:00 pm Berry Street Essay: Truth, Trauma, and Transformation: Embracing the Cracks and the Gold by Rev. Leslie Takahashi; Response by Rev. Sophia Betancourt at Davenport Grand Hotel

LREDA Professional Day Program:
Congregational Faith Formation – Growing in Faith, from "I" to "We”

The Fahs Collaborative Staff
Joy Berry, M.A., Assistant Director,
Mark A. Hicks, Ed.D. Director

We usually think of faith development as an individual experience. After all, our UU principles speak of a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and of our responsibility to support each other’s spiritual growth; we may forget that our principles are affirmations between congregations, not individuals. It’s true that when an individual stops growing in faith, their capacity for faithful living is limited. Similarly, when the faith formation of a congregation is not centered, its capacity to cultivate, inspire, and support personal, congregational, and community change is stifled. What’s more, those congregants who are more spiritually mature may be frustrated with the challenges they find in a church where faith development is not part of the expected ongoing work of all members.

We will imagine how a congregation-wide approach to shared learning can be an integral part of every congregation’s ministry, transforming lives, deepening covenantal community, and supporting faith-informed, inclusive and just action beyond the church walls.

We’ll discuss some of the current models and resources for congregational faith formation, and explore how religious professionals can work together to center faith development back home in their own congregations. In doing so, we can not only deepen the faith of all ages, but also help decenter individualism and even disrupt congregational practices grounded in white supremacy culture, as we move our communities’ understanding of identity, intention and impact from “ME” to “WE”. This program is created for both religious educators and ministers; church staff teams may find it especially helpful to attend together.

There are three levels of registration prices: 

1. The Cost PLUS which pays for the expenses of the event plus a little more. $145

2. The Cost which is about what the event costs. $120

3. The Cost MINUS which tries to be a little more accessible. $75


Please pay at the level that is the best fit for you.

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Previous Professional Day Programs






Juana Bordas

Embracing a Life of Purpose and Sacred Service

Kansas City, MO
2017 Rev. Deanna Vandiver

Resist and Rejoice: Faith Formation in a Time of Radical Awakening

New Orleans, LA


Carey McDonald

Carey McDonald with Dr. Tony McDonald, Religious Education as a Growth Strategy (download powerpoint

Columbus, OH
2015 Susan Katz Miller

Interfaith Family Project

Portland, OR


Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed

The Ignored, the Naive and the Innocent:
Supporting our Children as They Navigate a Multicultural World (download powerpointkeynote)

Providence, RI


Excellence in Shared Ministry Task Force

Excellence in Shared Ministry Practices, Final Report

Louisville, KY
2012 Louise Derman-Sparks Justice GA: Anti-bias education with young children and families Phoenix, AZ
2011 Dr. Mark Hicks and others Training and workshops on emerging RE initiatives Charlotte, NC
2010 Dale McGowan "Warping and Woofing through the Human Tapestry" Minneapolis, MN
2009 Rev. Dr. Nancy Crumbine "Religious Education: The Heartbeat of Our Movement" Salt Lake City, UT
2008 Joseph Cornell Finding the Divine in Nature Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2007 Rev. Meg Barnhouse Your Surly Inner Waitress's Guide to Keeping Your Sanity Portland, OR


*Several of the above speakers were also Fahs Lecturers in the same year. See our Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture page as well.