2019 Continental LREDA Fall Conference: 
November 8-10 Baltimore, Maryland USA
Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

If possible please stay in the official conference hotel.
Our sleeping rooms and food and beverage fees are how we pay for the meeting spaces.
Reserve your room here.
Roommates can be found using the LREDA listserv or Facebook group

Fall Conference Registration

Theologies of Suffering and Wholeness: Companions in Liberation

  • Odyssey Presenter, Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, President of Starr King School for the Ministry
  • Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte, incoming President of Meadville Lombard Theological School
  • Rev. Sofia Betancourt, Assistant Professor of UU Theologies and Ethics at Starr King School for the Ministry
  • Jennifer Hayman, Music Leader, Director of Music and Arts, All Souls Unitarian, Washington, DC

At our fall conference, we will explore a Unitarian Universalist Theology of Suffering and learn to better understand and embrace our Universalist Theology of Wholeness. The conference will balance going deep into these theologies while also providing concrete tools and skills for religious professionals to use when we encounter suffering and work for collective liberation.

New: Pre-Con for Religious Professionals of Color

Religious professionals of color are invited to come a day early and attend a half-day gathering followed by a reception at no additional registration cost.  In addition to the annual programming for POC caucusing during fall con, this will be an opportunity for professional development, networking, fellowship, and worship that addresses the unique concerns of religious educators and other religious professionals of color within our faith tradition. To suggest topics of conversation, to offer worship leadership, or to help organize this event, please contact Marisol Caballero at mcaballero (at)uua.org.

Nov. 7: Pre-conference day including gatherings for Religious Educators of Color; LREDA Large and LREDA Small; Good Officers; and LREDA Committees
Nov. 8-10: The Conference – sessions with our featured presenters; workshops led by LREDA colleagues; embodied worship & spiritual practices; and opportunities for fellowship with colleagues
Nov. 10-12: Optional Renaissance Modules: 

Worship Renaissance Module

Multicultural Renaissance Module

Other Conference highlights include – A New DRE Training, local outings, and opportunities for hands-on justice-making.

DRAFT Schedule (times will change) 

Wednesday, Nov. 6
7:00 -9:00 pm Registration for Thursday attendees

Thursday, Nov. 7
1:00-7: 30 pm Pre-Con for Religious Professionals of Color
12:00 -4:00 pm LREDA Large and LREDA Small 
5:00-7:00 Registration 
7:00-10:00 GameTime

Friday, Nov. 8
7:30-9:00 am Chaplain Orientation
8:00-9:00 Buddy Meetup
8:00-10:00 Registration for Conference
8:45-9:30 Morning Song & Worship
9:30-11:45 Opening w/ Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, Rev. Sofia Betancourt, Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte
1:30-2:45 pm Caucus
3:00-5:00 pm Workshops
Evening Vespers

Saturday, Nov. 9
8:45 - 9:45 am Music & Worship
10-10:15 Programming
10:15-11:45 Featured Speakers Rev. Sofia Betancourt and Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte
1:30-3 p.m. Caucus
3:15-6 p.m. Workshops (including Newer Religious Educator)

Sunday, Nov 10
8:00-8:45 am Choir Practice
8:45-9:30 am Morning Sing & Worship
9:30-10:30 am Caucus
10:30-11:00 am Brunch Buffet
11-11:45 am Recognitions, Credentialing, Memorials
11:45 am-12:45 pm Odyssey Speaker - Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt 
12:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Closing

   Past LREDA Fall Conferences

Year Theme Speaker Odyssey  Site Chapter
2018 Changing the Narrative Julica Hermann DelaFuente, Rev. Kathleen McTigue,  Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin Houston, TX SW
2017 Brave Spaces Various Jan Devor Denver, CO MD
2016 Bringing a Spiritual Dimension to Tough Topics: Money, Death, Race and Sex UUA FDO: Jessica York, Pat Kahn, Gail Forsyth-Vail, Melanie Davis Judith Frediani San Diego, CA PSW
2015 LREDA WithOut Walls: Technology, Theme-based Ministry, Full Week Faith   Ginger Luke Morristown, NJ MNY
2014 Professional Matters: Staff Relations, Finance, Continuing Education, Radical Hospitality, Pastoral Care, Self Care Various Susan Archer Decatur, GA SE
2013 Fahs Collaborative Mark Hicks and Fahs Fellows Carol Haag St. Paul, MN PS
2012 History, Shared Ministry Task Force  Paul Rasor Pat Ellenwood Williamsburg, VA JP
2011 Don't Just Do It, Think About It: Sustaining Our Mind, Body, and Spirit Kim Stafford and Linda Christianson Gaia Brown Portland, OR PNW
2010 Transforming the Jericho Road Various, service opportunities in the community Rev. Ruth Ellen Gibson New Orleans, LA SW
2009 A Time to Exhale Rev. Dr. Peter Steinke and Rev. Dr. Thandeka with Kevin Tarsa Rev. Dr. Liz Strong Providence, RI CB
2008 Building a Multigenerational Faith Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker Pat Hoertdoerfer Albuquerque, NM MD
2007 Weaving the Fabric of our Faith Judithi Frediani and LFD Team Makannah Morriss San Antonio, TX SW
2006 To Honor the Many Gifts We Bring Bill Jones and the Integrity Team  Jacqui James Orlando, FL   FL
2005  Mapping Uncharted Territory: New Directions for Growing Congregations Larry Peers  Carol Ann Taylor Philadelphia, PA   JP
 2004  New Models for Religious Education in the 21st Century (Workshop Rotation Model, Way Cool Sunday School, Small Group Ministry, Spirit Play) Vivian Gussin Paley, Keynote. Workshop Leaders: Kathy Keith and September Gerety, Todd Strickland and Katherine Farmer, Gail Forsyth Vail and Helen Zidowecki, and Nita Penfold.  Midge Skwire Chicago, IL  CMW
 2003 Creating Rituals......Children and Community Sobonfu Some Helen Bishop Sacramento, CA PC
 2002  A Theology of Religious Education Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker Betty Jo Middleton Asheville, NC  TJ
 2001 Professional Matters Helen Bishop Jan Evans-Tiller  Toronto, ON  STL
2000 Nurturing Ourselves and Others Sharon Thornton Carol Edwards Santa Barbara, CA PSW
1999 LREDA's 50th Anniversary Jeanne Nieuwejaar, Frank Robertson, Holly Hollerroth, Elizabeth Anastos LREDA Plymouth, MA MB
1998 Our Whole Lives Pam Wilson, Roberta and Christopher Nelson, Judith Frediani, Jennifer Harrison, Sarah Gibb Roberta Nelson Salt Lake City, UT MD
1997 Congregations as Learning Organizations Larry Peers, Anthony Di Bella, Jeanellen Ryan  Norma Veridan San Antonio, TX SW