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A: This year, we have two keynote speakers: the Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, president of Starr King School for the Ministry, and the Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK. Rosemary and Marlin will be intertwining their comments, presenting together in the two time slots (Friday night and Saturday morning).
A: Yes it will—we will be holding worship at the Marriott Hotel at 9:30 am Central time. Members of the public, members of UU congregations, and Assembly registrants are all welcome to attend.
A: Yes, we will be live streaming the keynote event on both Friday night and Saturday morning, as well as the Annual Business Meeting. Details and confirmation of times will be posted on the MidAmerica Region website closer to the date.
The CMwD Chapter of LREDA is sponsoring a symposium featuring programming from Parker Palmer's Center for Courage and Renewal February 4-6th at Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford, IL. All LREDA members and religious educators in the MidAmerica Region are welcome to attend and there will be conversations about the future of LREDA in the Region along with open space networking.
Ministry can come alive when we are able to bring forth our authentic selves and gifts. Using Parker Palmer's "circle of trust" principles that create safe space, our time together will offer opportunities to remember and explore our gifts, and offer ways we might cultivate bringing our gifts more actively into our work as religious leaders. Participants are encouraged to bring a journal; other materials will be provided.
The Board of Trustees of the MidAmerica Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association issues the following statement in response to the call from our MidAmerica congregations and their ministers in the greater Saint Louis area.
Our deep theology as a justice-seeking people calls upon us to engage this major civil rights work. We, the members of the MidAmerica board, are deeply committed to the work of anti-oppression, anti-racism, and multiculturalism. We stand on the side of love with the people of Ferguson as they seek justice in the case of the death of Michael Brown.
We see what is happening in Ferguson as part of a larger issue in our Region and all of America. It is about dehumanization, about racism, and about injustice. We note that we are all currently affected by the same culture of fear of difference that festers in Ferguson.
We encourage Unitarian Universalist congregations and religious leaders in the MidAmerica Region to engage thoughtfully in the suggestions for action put forward by the Ferguson Response team of Saint Louis area ministers and Unitarian Universalist Association and UU Service Committee leaders. Some resources can be found on the Standing on the Side of Love web page, www.standingonthesideoflove.org/blog/withferguson, as well as the St. Louis Standing on the Side of Love Facebook page www.facebook.com/stlstandingonthesideoflove.
Rev. Dr. Bill Sasso, President,
Charlotte Preston, Vice President
Eric Huffer, Secretary
Tom Sommerfeld, Treasurer
Doug Cauble, Trustee
Janis Cheney, Trustee
Kyrie Bock, Trustee
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum, Trustee
Dave Martin, Trustee
Rev. Ian Evison, ex-officio