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.
Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen
Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at the UUA
Rev. Jeremy Nickel
Minister of the Mission Peak UU congregation in Fremont, CA
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!