2017-2018 Liberal Religious Educators Association Annual Meeting

June 20th 2018, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

The 2017-18 Annual Meeting of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) will be held during LREDA Professional Day on June 20th 201812:00-1:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Marriott in the Colonial Room.

LREDA Bylaws require a formal call to the annual meeting for LREDA members to be delivered not less than 60 days before the Annual Meeting. At the Annual Meeting, Active and Life Members may vote on the budget and the nominees. Online voting will be available for those eligible, soon. The Active or Life Member category is required for voting privileges and does not include Student/New, Supportive or Institutional Members.

Your Professional Day registration includes lunch.

Minutes from the 2016-2017 Annual Meeting are here


The 2018-2019 Budget

Dear LREDA Members,

We are pleased to have spent a year discerning our vision, mission, and priorities for next year (see my recent newsletter Notes, here, for details). These have been our beacons as we planned for next year and set our budget to fulfill our goals. 

One of the areas we've discussed a great deal is how to make serving on the LREDA Board more accessible. This kind of service is engaging, fulfilling, and vital to our profession, and there are expectations around time and travel that can create barriers. We will be working on creative ways of doing our work that allow members who cannot commit to a full week of meetings to participate. And, it is our goal to cover the expenses of Board members whose professional development budgets don't allow for travel to Fall Con or Professional Days. We want to make serving on the LREDA Board accessible to all, not just those of us with large professional expense budgets or disposable income.

We value the work of our Administrator, Director of Development, and Conference Planner. We plan to add a bookkeeper to this roster to support our commitment to transparency and good financial stewardship, and to make the role of Treasurer more manageable.

We made good progress toward a proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, however, the recent loss of our Treasurer has made it impossible to complete next year's budget at this time.  We plan to send a proposed budget to membership by June 1st. 

Yours in service,

Annie Scott, LREDA President


 ELECTIONS

The LREDA Nominating Committee consists of three members with staggered three-year terms, elected by the membership. They work independently of the Board to fill Board vacancies, assessing needs and various criteria in the nominating process, and to find members for the Nominating Committee. Current members are Michele Grove (Chair), Katy Carpman, and Jamaine Cripe. In June, Michele will rotate off the Committee and Katy will become Chair.

The Nominations Committee follows this process in selecting candidates for the single slate ballot:

  1. We encourage LREDA members to apply directly, while also encouraging members to recommend colleagues who they believe would do well in elected positions. 
  2. Nomination committee members contact LREDA members who have been nominated by colleagues to encourage them to apply.
  3. We spend time in December and January talking to those interested and answering questions. 
  4. Once applications come in, LREDA Nomination committee discusses the candidates and prioritized them based on the following:
    1. Skills. Does the applicant's skill set meet the job description and the current LREDA priorities?
    2. Experience as a religious educator
    3. Leadership in regional and continental LREDA
    4. Diversity. This one may be listed fourth, but it was a real priority this year with a more intentional effort to reach out to collegues of color. Recommendations from membership made this easier because members recommended 17 professionals of color for LREDA leadership. Nominations worked hard this year to reach out beyond those LREDA nomination members know and invite more of LREDA’s talented membership to consider running for an elected position. This is a practice we hope the committee will continue to improve. 
  5. LREDA Nominations presents a rough draft ballot to the LREDA board who can comment on any questions or concerns.
  6. LREDA Nominations then calls references.
  7. Once all of this is complete, the candidate is informed of choice and the Secretary on the LREDA board is informed.

During this year of discernment, LREDA Nominations has talked about other methods for doing this work and has decided to continue with the single slate process, hoping that future LREDA Nomination Committee will continue to discern. A detailed report on the feedback from discernment groups and listening circles will be provided at the Annual Meeting in June. LREDA Nominations ended up with three applications with two applicants for each board position (one applicant left the choice in the hands of LREDA Nominations because this applicant believed both positions to be exciting). 

Therefor, the LREDA Nominating Committee, following careful consideration, nominates two candidates for positions on the Board of Trustees: Linnea Nelson, Vice-President; Lisa Maria A. Steinberg, Member-at-Large (Leadership Development).

They nominate Katie (Tie) Resendiz de Perez as a member of the Nominating Committee.


 Introducing the Slate of Nominees

Linnea Nelson, Vice-President

Linnea Nelson is the Executive Director of UU Wellspring, a year-long spiritual deepening program for Unitarian Universalists. She is a Credentialed DRE and former Director of Religious Exploration at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, Virginia. She has also been a Head of School, a Learning Center Director, a teacher, an educational textbook editor and an international trainer for the Great Books Foundation.

Linnea believes that deepening our connections and being open to new learning is at the heart of our work. She also believes deeply in service. She co-led a NOVA Cluster Teacher Training offered to 11 congregations, served on a LREDA cluster executive team (GWAREC) from June 2015 to Dec. 2017,  taught the UU Identity online module and recently served on a team to update the resource list for the RE Credentialing program. She is a LREDA Good Officer.

She has co-taught “Building the World We Dream About” and was a founding member of the Racial Justice Steering Committee at UUCF. Linnea has also served on UUCF’s Board of Directors, nominating committee and RE Committee. She has served on two other boards for children with special needs.

Linnea has a master’s degree in school psychology and undergraduate degrees in education and business. She lives with her awesome husband, Ted, in Orlando, Florida where her two young adult sons promise to visit regularly!

Lisa Maria A. Steinberg, Member at Large (Leadership Development)

Lisa Maria Andreoli Steinberg has worked in churches for over 25 years, first as a musician and then as a religious educator. She brings a background in education, social work, music, and theology to her career in religious education and faith development. As a graduate student, Lisa Maria studied at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA and at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA where she graduated with a M.A. in Theology and the Arts with concentrations in education and music. She resides in Shirley, MA with her husband and their two young children.

Lisa Maria has served LREDA membership on the 21st Century Fund Committee and the LREDA Endowment Committee. Regionally, Lisa Maria has served the New England Region LREDA on Nominating and on the Board with the Events Portfolio.

Katie (Tie) Resendiz de Perez, Nominating Committee

Katie (Tie) Resendiz de Perez serves the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix as the Director of Children's Ministries. She holds a Master's degree in Conflict Transformation with a focus on the role of education.  Tie has worked as a teacher, a curriculum developer, and a non-profit executive director. She is particularly passionate about community building and creating inclusive spaces. Tie and her wife Elena Perez live outside Phoenix with their three children.