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

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.

Previous Professional Day Programs





2019 Fahs Collaborative: Joy Berry and Mark Hicks

Congregational Faith Formation – Growing in Faith, from "I" to "We”

 Spokane, WA


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.