Welcome to the Liberal Religious Educators Association

The center of our work as religious educators is belief in the transformative power of educating through our Unitarian Universalist faith.

LREDA is an anti-racist, anti-oppression, welcoming, professional organization open to liberal religious educators and those supportive of religious education. LREDA promotes the religious growth and learning of people of all ages and advocates for and supports religious educators and the field of liberal religious education. 

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Welcome to the new LREDA.org!

For over 65 years, the Liberal Religious Educators Association—originally Unitarian Education Directors' Association (UEDA)—has worked to bring religious educators together for support, continued learning, and transformation. We welcome you to our newest tool for connection and support! LREDA members can login to visit a personal landing page, from where you can connect with colleagues in "My Community."  Here you can join or start a group, contribute to discussion the community forums, update your member profile, check up on upcoming events or past invoices, or view and search the Membership Directory.

Congregational lay leaders and staff can post employment opportunities, find resources outlining best practices, or purchase a LREDA membership list to aid your professional religious educator search.

Are you interested in supporting the work of LREDA as we continue to leap into the future? Learn more about opportunities to serve, strengthening our Endowment, and the amazing projects funded by LREDA grants.

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We are grateful to the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program for their support in updating our digital infrastructure and helping connect LREDA members to their most precious resource: colleagues!

Fall Conference 2016

Join us at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA October 20-24, 2016.

Pre-conference workshops and meetings will be held October 17-20. LREDA Small will be Oct. 24 in the afternoon, and LARGE on Oct. 25.

Money, Death, Race and Sex: Bringing the Spiritual Dimension to Tough Topics.

This program is brought to you by the UUA Faith Development Office, directed by Jessica York. According to Jessica, “Our jobs as religious professionals would be easier if life were all flower bouquets and cotton candy. The children, youth, and adults we serve deal with harsh realities around challenging topics, and in their toughest times our ministry is most needed…

Often, we are called to support the children, youth and adults we serve through difficult times, as they explore areas of their lives not frequently acknowledged or talked about. Money, death, sex and race are topics that affect all our lives, yet many consider taboo to discuss in ‘polite company.’ As a religious professional, you will be more effective in helping constituents if you have taken the time to evaluate your own relationship to sensitive topics. At this Fall Conference, we will take the time to check in with our spirits and delve into how these four topics affect our spiritual lives and our ability to serve professionally.”

The goals for the program include:

• Gaining tools and practice skills that can be used for confronting “hard” topics (not just these four, but many others)

• Understanding how dealing with your own relationship to sensitive topics helps you as a religious professional

• Being able to name what is religious about race, money, death, and sex; how our relationship with each affects our spirituality

• Experiencing firsthand that you can talk about hard topics and not only survive, but thrive

• Modeling and experiencing spiritual exploration of sensitive topics as part of a group

• Exploring the intersectional ties of these topics with each other and with the various identities we hold.

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