Welcome to Denver Colorado, Nov 3-6, 2017!

Nov 3-6, Denver, Colorado
Embassy Suites, Downtown
1420 Stout Street Denver Co 80202

In today’s complex world, there is growing need for us to show up together, to show strength when answering the call of love. We will provide tools and strategy that will help us to better understand how we can cultivate practices for transforming conflict and restoring relationship.. How can we effectively build brave spaces that will allow us to show brave love and that will help us develop skills for shared empowerment and collaborative relationships?

This year we will feature a Get-In-Where-You-Fit-In Panel of some of Denver’s brave social activists who will be presenting ways to “be who you are and do what you love” and fight for justice in your own way. Among the panels will be locals who work hard behind the scenes to feed Black Lives Matter 5280 and other organizations; performers who use their voices for and with the movement to change hearts and minds; activists who are involved in Black interfaith healing self-liberations work and more.

Matt Meyer and Keith Arnold will be our conference musicians and demonstrate ways to teach, model, practice tools for community organizing through music that can be used to build a more loving and powerful justice-centered community.

Transportation Information
Airport Rail to Downtown
: At a cost of only $9 each way, travelers can take the airport rail from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station and vice versa. The 23-mile ride takes approximately 37 minutes. Details for navigating from the airport to the conference hotel via the train here.

Other transportation options: Super Shuttle $50-60. For traveling around the city Uber or Lyft. There is also a complimentary bus that travels up and down 16th street mall. 

Local: Complementary 16th Street MallRide bus information here. 

Food and Fun in town!
Looking for restaurants? Art fairs? Something to do? Or do you know just the place that all conference attendees should eat? Check out our shared resource for things to do around town! HERE

Friday November 3rd    
10:00-5:30    Bookstore   Crestone A
4:30-5:30 First Time Attendees Orientation Salon A
5:45-6:45 Light Supper with cash bar   Crestone Foyer


Welcome and Program, "Connecting with Intentions"

Crystal Ballroom
8:30-9:00   Vespers (Mountain Desert District)  
Saturday November 4th    
8:00-5:30 Bookstore  Crestone A
7:00 am    Spiritual practice    Colorado Reception
8:45-9:00 Hymn Sing & Announcements    
9:00-9:30 Worship led by the Fall Conference Planning Team Crystal Ballroom
9:30-12PM  Morning Program  “Power Within”   Crystal Ballroom
12:00-1:30  Lunch on Your Own  
1:30-3:00 Denver Activists Panel & Breakout Session Crystal Ballroom
3:15-4:15  Program     “Power Between / Among” Crystal Ballroom 
4:15-5:30 Pop Talks    Crystal Ballroom
5:30   Dinner on Your Own  

Identity Caucus Groups 

Sunday November 5th    
8:00-5:30  Bookstore      Crestone A
7:00AM-7:45   Spiritual practice Colorado Reception
8:45-9:00   Hymn Sing & Announcements  Crystal Ballroom
9:00-9:30 Worship led by the LREDA Board
Crystal Ballroom
9:30-12:00PM Morning Program  “Build your own power” Crystal Ballroom
12:00-1:30   Lunch on Your Own        
1:30-3:00  Denver Activists Panel & Breakout Sessions  Crystal Ballroom
3:15-3:45  Nominating Committee Small Group Discussion Crystal Ballroom
3:50-5:15   Afternoon Small Group Meetings (Chapter Chairs, RE Credentialing, Endowment, etc.) Crystal Ballroom
6:00 -6:30    Odyssey Reception with cash bar    Crestone Foyer
6:30 - 7:30  Odyssey Dinner Crystal Ballroom
7:30-8:00 Recognitions  
8:00 - 8:30  Odyssey, Jan Devor  Crystal Ballroom
8:30 Odyssey Dessert Reception Crystal Ballroom
Monday November 6th    
8:00-12:00PM Bookstore     Crestone A
8:45-9:15   Hymn Sing / Worship    Crystal Ballroom
9:15-10:50  Member Meeting  Crystal Ballroom
11:00-11:30 Summary Speaker  Crystal Ballroom
11:30-12:00PM Closing      Crystal Ballroom
Embassy Suites Registered Guests ONLY:    
7:00AM-9:00AM  Hot Breakfast  Fourth Floor of Hotel
5:30PM-7:30PM  Manager’s Reception, appetizers Fourth Floor of Hotel


  Please honor our time together by arriving early for sessions so that we may stay on schedule.


 Past LREDA Fall Conferences

Year Theme Speaker Odyssey  Site Chapter
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   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