2018/19 Issue Number 3


In This Issue...

  1. Notes from the President
  2. Monthly Spotlight
  3. Fall Conference
  4. News from our Friends
    1. Skinner House
    2. Breakthrough Congregations
    3. UUA Faith Development Pilot Project

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September Notes from the President

Annie Scott, LREDA President

The first LREDA Fall Conference I attended was in 1992 in Casanovia, New York. I had been a religious educator for nine months and I wanted so much from the gathering. I watched elders lead discussions and model the culture of LREDA. I watched newer religious educators try to find their place in the institution. I took all that was offered and did my best to make use of it in my new profession, my new calling.

I have experienced much joy, pain and learning from the many, many fall conferences I have attended since that first one. Some years I went home with an abundance of hand’s on how-to’s, other years I was filled with inspiring worship and a deep sense of belonging and many other years I left having had the way I think about religion, spirituality, learning, oppression and leadership turned on its’ head. What a gift!

Last year at fall conference, I experienced painful and extraordinary learning about our culture of white supremacy and the antidotes to the characteristics that harm us all. I am a different person because of so many experiences I have had with my LREDA colleagues throughout the years. I can’t wait to see how we all feel about this fall conference. 

This format for this fall conference will be very different. We will have many workshop choices that we hope will speak to religious educators current needs and longings. We will have time all together for inspiring worship, new perspectives and learnings from religious educators in leadership positions throughout the UUA and a different kind of odyssey for our dress-up-banquet evening. I look forward to spending time with many of you in Houston, as we experiment with a different form for fall conference. For those of you who won’t be with us, we hope to tape and share at least some of the experiences with you.

May we, as our LREDA vision states, create a world guided by love, justice and equity.


Annie Scott is the Director of Religious Education for Children, Youth and Families at Jefferson Unitarian Church, in Golden Colorado. She serves LREDA as President from 2017-2020.

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This month's spotlight is on Pro Tips, from LREDA Administrator Kari Kopnick.

There are many ways LREDA can help our members in their professional lives:

Reaching Out
Religious educators need the support of each other and, at times, some special support. LREDA Good Officers are specially trained religious educators who can help provide this support. A LREDA member may select a particular Good Officer because of proximity, acquaintance, or their particular personal experience as a religious educator. The role of these Good Officers is to help LREDA members with professional problems and concerns.

Get Connected
There are 15 LREDA Chapters to help LREDA members get connected with nearby colleagues and access local resources. Reach out to your chapter for collegial support.

Many longtime religious educators commit to doing one thing each year to support our professional association. Could you serve on a LREDA committee?  A LREDA working group? Lead an interest group? Or serve your local chapter? Explore the LREDA website or reach out to Lisa Maria A. Steinberg for more information about opportunities.

Code of Professional Practices
Each year when we renew our LREDA membership, we reaffirm our commitment to the LREDA Code of Professional Practices.Take a moment today to review our professional standards.

LREDA Member Website
Did you know that your LREDA profile has all of your paid or pending invoices? To see your invoices log in using your LREDA username and password, navigate to “My Profile”, select the “My Profile” tab and invoices will be the sixth tab in the drop-down menu. Need to search the LREDA directory? Login, navigate to the “My LREDA” tab and choose the membership directory in the green drop-down menu. Here you can search by name or by an attribute like chapter or good officer status.

If you are not sure who to ask about an issue or where to start looking for information, I am always here to help. Email is the best way to reach me: [email protected].

LREDA Fall Conference 2018

Changing the Narrative
November 1-5, 2018
Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX

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News from Our Friends

Skinner House

For those of you reading Mark Morrison-Reed’s new book Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy: Black Power and Unitarian Universalism, we wanted to let you know that Meadville Lombard Theological School has compiled a selection of companion resources to enrich, deepen and broaden an understanding of that era. It is available online at www.meadville.edu/empowerment-controversy/

Mark D. Morrison-Reed, the preeminent scholar of black Unitarian Universalist history, presents this long-awaited chronicle and analysis of the events of the Empowerment Controversy, which rocked Unitarian Universalism in the late sixties and continues to reverberate. It was a time of revolution, of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Like the country, the young Unitarian Universalist Association was forced to reckon with demands for change and found itself fractured by conflict about the implications of a commitment to racial justice. Morrison-Reed synthesizes decades of research and extensive interviews to present a nuanced and suspense-filled drama about Unitarian Universalism’s great crisis of faith. As he writes, “Perhaps wisdom can be gleaned from the pain and upheaval of those years, a wisdom that will be of use today in a new era.” Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy is available at inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop.

Stories for the Future of Unitarian Universalism

When it comes to our future, we know at least three things: 

  • Organized religion is changing at breakneck speed as more people— young and old, of all identities and races—  look for new forms of spiritual community that better meet their needs for meaning, personal fulfillment and companionship;  
  • Our Unitarian Universalist tradition and principles speak directly and powerfully to many of them,  even if our traditional ways  of being in community don’t always;
  • And UU leaders of all types,  professional and lay,  are pioneering new ways of being in community, worshiping, educating, expressing creativity, leading social justice and starting-up social enterprises that give exciting expression to Unitarian Universalism.

For Breakthrough 2018-19,  the UUA and UU World want to tell your stories of innovations that are working,  how you’ve brought them about and what you’ve learned along the way.  This isn’t about numerical growth, community size or even whole-community programming. We want to celebrate innovative ways  UU communities of all kinds— congregations, covenanted communities or start-ups -- are better serving those who need Unitarian Universalism right now.   Please help us inspire others to see possibilities, to adapt ideas that are working,  and to encourage all the change leaders among us.  We can’t wait to tell your story!

Anyone familiar with a Breakthrough innovation can submit an application after notifying the appropriate community leader, minister, religious education (RE) professional and Board or Board delegate.   To learn more and submit an application go to  https://www.uua.org/growth/breakthrough/apply.  Please apply by November 1.

UUA Ministries and Faith Development

Informational Webinar for a New, Pilot Program:
Dismantling White Supremacy in Religious Education

This fall, the UUA will pilot a structured process to help UU faith development professionals lead their congregations to dismantle white supremacy in religious education programming.

Requested by UU religious educators and developed in the UUA Faith Development Office over the past year, the program provides an assessment tool and a facilitated, supportive implementation process.

For the pilot, which will start in November and end in June, 2019, the UUA seeks faith development professionals working in congregations of any size, staff configuration, geographic location, and level of antiracism experience.

Attend an informational webinar on Friday, September 28, at 1 pm Eastern (Noon Central, 11 am Mountain, 10 am Pacific) to learn about the pilot program and how to apply. Register now, and join us!