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Annual Conference
PSD Sermon Contest Winner
Chalice Lighters Make A Difference
Wider UU World

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the celebration of Fifty Years of PSD.

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Nancy Heege, District Executive

Annual Conference 2013

ac2013logoCedar Rapids, Iowa

April 5-7, 2013

Unitarian Universalism is a dynamic and evolving faith, with the capacity to blend what is best from both the new and the traditional ways of being religious. Now more than ever, new people are joining our congregations who have different visions for the future of our faith. And many of our congregations are reaching out to people who may never step inside the walls of one of our church buildings through live-streaming, podcasts, YouTube, blogs, Facebook, Second Life, and Twitter. Unitarian Universalists are called to bring our faith to people hungry for a safe, accepting place, a respite or a home, to explore truth and meaning.

We cannot do church as we have been doing it for hundreds of years. We need a new collective vision for the future of Unitarian Universalism. And we need to begin taking steps to actualize that vision. Open yourself to a new vision, to looking at new ways to do worship, to reach people, to work for justice, equity, and peace. Come to the 2013 Prairie Star Conference in Cedar Rapids, and we will inspire each other to work toward a new vision for the future of our faith.

PSD Sermon Contest Winner

Karen Van FossanCongratulations to Karen Van Fossan, the winner of the 2013 Prairie Star District Sermon contest! Her sermon is titled "Bumper Sticker Theology and the Loving Future of Our Faith."

The winning sermon will be presented in a workshop at the Annual Conference and is available to be downloaded and read in congregations across the District to bring the Conference theme to life for those who cannot make it to Cedar Rapids.

PSD invited both clergy and lay people to enter our sermon contest along the theme of our 2013 Annual Conference "Inspire the Future We Envision." The contest judges were the Rev. Meg Barnhouse, the Rev. Brian Eslinger, and John Blevins, former UUA Trustee from PSD.

A creative arts therapist and peace activist from the Bismarck-Mandan (North Dakota) UU Fellowship, Karen is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree through United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and intends to serve as a UU minister in North Dakota. She is communications director at Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota and editor of Authentic Voices, a powerful compilation of writings by survivors of child abuse and assault. Karen's collaborative work with marginalized teens is featured in Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson's compelling documentary Teen Writes: The Group That Opened the Box. Karen's proudest accomplishment is being foster mom to a compassionate and wonderful teenage daughter.

Chalice Lighters Make A DifferenceChalice Lighters check Lawrence

The Chalice Lighters program has been assisting PSD congregations to grow for almost thirty years. Congregations from Wichita (Kansas) to Duluth (Minnesota) have received funds for purposes such as getting their first minister or paid religious educator, acquiring or adding onto a building, or starting a new congregation, as well as other growth-related projects. There's also a fund for congregations who want to do outreach ministry to college-aged and young adults and a Social Justice Fund that makes grants to congregations.

Chalice Lighters are individuals who agree to give money three times a year, in response to letters they receive in the mail. The call letters explain the purpose of that particular call. Individuals can give $15 per call, or $30, or more, depending on their resources. Most money goes directly to the congregation; a small amount covers administrative costs.

Wider UU World

Humanist Archive at Meadville Lombard

Meadville Lombard Theological School is calling on Unitarian Universalists and Humanists to donate sermons, monographs, essays, photographs, correspondence, pamphlets, audio, video, and books to the collection of a new dedicated Humanist Archive. The new materials will build on the current Humanist collection and make them accessible to students, scholars, and the greater Unitarian Universalist community. To learn more see

UU-UNO Annual Intergenerational Spring Seminar

April 4th-6th, New York CityEvery April, youth and adults from around the United States and Canada gather in New York City for a three-day seminar on a topic of global concern. This year you are invited to join 175 youth, young adults, and adults to learn about and dialogue around crucial lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues. Sex, Love and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World


Newsletter of Prairie Star District

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Past Issues of The Prairie Star

Issue 73: March 2013
Issue 72: February 2013
Issue 71: November 2012
Issue 70: October 2012
Issue 69: September 2012
Issue 68: May 2012
Issue 67: March 2012
Issue 66: February 2012
Issue 65: November 2011
Issue 64: October 2011
Issue 63: September 2011
Issue 62: May 2011
Issue 61: February 2011
Issue 60: January 2011
Issue 59: November 2010
Issue 58: October 2010
Issue 57: September 2010
Issue 56: May 2010
Issue 55: February 2010
Issue 54: January 2010
Issue 53: November 2009
Issue 52: October 2009
Issue 51: September 2009
Issue 50: August 2009
Issue 49 : June 2009
Issue 48 : May 2009
Issue 47 : February 2009
Issue 46 : December 2008
Issue 45 : September 2008
Issue 44 : August 2008
Issue 43 : May 2008
Issue 42 : April 2008
Issue 41 : March 2008
Issue 40 : January 2008
Issue 39 : December 2007
Issue 38 : September 2007
Issue 37 : May 2007
Issue 36 : February 2007
Issue 35 : September 2006
Issue 34 : May 2006
Issue 33 : February 2006
Issue 32 : September 2005
Issue 31 : May 2005
Issue 30 : February 2005
Issue 29 : September 2004
Issue 28 : May 2004
Issue 27 : February 2004

Issue 26 : September 2003
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Issue 24 : February 2003
Issue 23 : September 2002
Issue 22 : May 2002
Issue 21 : February 2002
Issue 20 : November 2001
Issue 19 : September 2001
Issue 18 : May 2001
Issue 17 : February 2001
Issue 16 : November 2000
Issue 15 : September 2000
Issue 14 : May 2000
Issue 13 : March 2000
Issue 12 : October 1999
Issue 11 : May 1999
Issue 10 : March 1999
Issue 9 : October 1998

About The Prairie Star

The Prairie Star was distributed via email at least three times a year when there was timely news to share.


The purpose of the newsletter was to share the news of the District among people and congregations and to inform and educate people about events and issues of interest and importance.


We welcomed news, comments and suggestions. We only publicized UU activities. We gave first priority to publicizing activities that were sponsored by the District and second priority to those sponsored by the UUA or congregations if there was room and they were of regional interest.


The Prairie Star was emailed to congregational leaders using email address lists supplied by the congregations, to persons who attended District activities, and to interested persons who subscribed. In addition it was published on our Web site. Printed copies were mailed on request.


Sarah Greene, Editor, Prairie Star District UUA