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Regional Assembly 2016: The WHO in the New Era of Unitarian Universalism

As you may recall, last spring’s Regional Assembly had the theme of “The ‘New’ in the New Era,” building on our MidAmerica tag line of “A New Era in Unitarian Universalism.” We heard from Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt and Rev. Marlin Lavanhar. They told stories and discussed the racism we are attempting to dismantle in all aspects of our culture, especially focused on our UU values and the role our congregations can play in this important work.

Feedback from participants told us that a logical next theme for our 2016 RA in St. Paul, Minnesota (April 29-May 1) would build on the New Era theme, looking at WHO we want to be as faith communities in the coming years. Who will we Unitarian Universalists need to be, to be relevant? How will we get there? Who will be joining us on this journey?

It is with great excitement that we announce our keynote presenters to help us explore these questions.

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Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen

Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at the UUA

Jeremy Nickel

Rev. Jeremy Nickel

Minister of the Mission Peak UU congregation in Fremont, CA

Kenny Wiley

Kenny Wiley

UU World senior editor and Director of Faith Formation at Prairie UU Church in Parker, CO

They will each present highlights of their own work as they look forward to the future of Unitarian Universalism. There will be conversations with each other, and they will take questions from participants.

And, as always at Regional Assembly, we will have worship services to inspire us and workshops to stimulate our thinking, along with plenty of opportunities to have fun with new and old UU friends.

We hope to see you there!

Registration and check-inEarly bird registration until March 31

Children must register 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 11

Final registration deadline Friday, April 22

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 $175 $200 $200
Young Adult 150 175 $175
(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) 155 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.

For cancellations requested prior to March 31, the registration fee will be returned less a $25.00 handling fee.

Cancellations requested between April 1 and 15 will receive a 50% refund of paid registration fees.

No refunds for cancellations after April 15.

If you have questions about registration policies or want to cancel, please contact the MidAmerica office at or 312-636-9724.