Chicago Oak Brook Marriott, April 28-30

RA2017 logo A900Rev. Dr. Lee Barker - Pres Meadville Lombard

In spite of our small numbers in the national religious scene, Unitarian Universalists have been at the forefront of every significant social change in our nation's history. Now, more than ever, we need to work with partners to have an impact in our cities, states and country.

Our Keynote Speaker on Saturday morning will be Rev. Dr. Lee Barker, President and Professor of Ministry at Meadville-Lombard Theological School! Rev. Dr. Barker's topic will be:

To Multi-faith: A Verb

Unitarian Universalism is perfectly situated to promote constructive multi-faith engagement for increased understanding and enhanced harmony. Success will depend on a new understanding of what it means to “be engaged.”

We asked Lee, “Why are you passionate about the subject of multi-faith partnerships – what excites you about it?”

Being more deeply engaged in authentic multifaith partnerships and alliances allows for growth in ways we cannot even imagine. And by growth I don’t mean only the expansion of inclusiveness and justice—as true and important as that is. I mean growth in one’s theological, philosophical and ethical life. I have experienced it myself and I have seen it among my students, many of whom have long multifaith “credentials.” They find that when they get even deeper, they can’t ignore core differences. When they confront that reality, they have arrived at a new place of possibility and hope.

As our congregations are experiencing greater attendance and members’ activism in our communities, it is more important than ever before that we work with other faith communities to bring our values to the forefront. When we partner, our impact grows exponentially.

We'll also have a Friday night forum with the UUA Presidential candidates. We plan to videotape and have that available about a week after RA.

  • Find ways for your congregation to put its faith in action.
  • Ways to join with other faith communities or community groups to improve something in your locality.
  • Share what you have learned about working with partners.

Registration is now CLOSED. You  may register at the door at the $190 rate, but that will not include food.

Dear Members and Friends of the MidAmerica Region of the UUA,

The past few weeks have been difficult for many across the Unitarian Universalist community. We have all struggled, as pain resulting from patterns of institutional racism and the impact of white supremacy within our Association has been laid bare, reflecting our failure to live up to our covenant, our values, and our commitment to creating the beloved community.  

As difficult as this time has been, I believe that it represents a watershed moment for our denomination.

eric huffer 2013The MidAmerica Region will be holding our Regional Assembly in a few weeks, April 28th-30th, 2017. Unitarian Universalist from across our 13 state region will be gathering in Oak Brook, IL. This offers us an opportunity to come together and begin this important work. I believe it starts with listening. With that in mind, I, and the MidAmerica Region Board, would like to offer an hour-long listening circle opportunity on Friday, April 28th, prior to Regional Assembly, at 4:00 PM. I invite any and all who wish to come, hear one another, hold each other’s pain; not looking to agree, but to understand and begin to see our way forward. We will hold this circle in the Westchester Room of the conference center at the Oak Brook Marriott.

I look forward to being with you in Oak Brook, in a few weeks. Thank you for your work and your commitment to building a better way.

In faith & hope,

Eric Huffer
MidAmerica Region of the UUA

You do not have to be registered for Regional Assembly to participate in the Listening Circle. We would, however, appreciate an RSVP:

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Registration and check-inEarly bird registration until April 5

Children must be registered before the Early bird date

Scholarship requests must be in by the Early bird date

Conference discounted rate for a room at the hotel will be available until April 12

Final registration deadline Friday, April 21

Registration will be possible at the door at the regular price -- with no meals. The hotel restaurant and coffee shop will be available.


Regional Assembly Registration Fees:

Age group Earlybird Regular At the door (no meals)
Adult $165 $190 $190
Young Adult 140 165 $165
(age 13-18)
100 100 100
Children (age 3-12)
with child care *
100 n/a n/a
2 and under (no child care) 0 0 0
Volunteers (work 2 hours) 145 n/a n/a


* There will be a family maximum rate for childcare.


What is included in the registration fee?

  • The adult, young adult and youth registration fees include all programming and four meals.
  • The children's registration fee includes childcare and the same four meals.
  • The four meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.

Chicago Marriott Oak BrookWe'll be at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
1401 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook IL 60523

book now

You may call 1-800-228-9290 for central reservations. Mention "Unitarian Universalist Meeting" to get the group rate of $99 per night. If you use the BOOK NOW link above, it will automatically take you to the correct page. BOOK BY APRIL 12.

The Chicago Oak Brook Marriott includes: Fitness Center, Pool, and Restaurants on Site

Check in: 4:00 PM - Check out: 12:00 PM

Complimentary on-site parking * This hotel does not provide shuttle service

15 miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport - ORD

20 miles from Chicago Midway International Airport - MDW