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Because Prairie Star District has become part of MidAmerica Region, this page has been archived as of July 15, 2013, for reference purposes. It will not be updated in the future, and some links may no longer work properly.  For more up-to-date information, please visit the Mid America UUA site.  Thank you!

Friday, April 13, 2007

4:00 – 7:00 pm Registration
6:00 – 7:00 pm UU Bookstore and exhibits open
7:00 – 7:45 pm Opening celebration and banner parade
7:45 – 8:45 pm Keynote address
8:45 – 9:15 pm Keynote discussion
9:30 – 10:00 pm Worship service

Saturday, April 14, 2007

7:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast, and table topics
8 am – 7 pm UU Bookstore and exhibits open
9:00 – 10:15 am Judy Lecture
10:30 – 11:45 am Workshop A
12:00 – 1:15 pm Awards luncheon
1:30 – 2:45 pm Workshop B
2:45 – 3:15 pm Refreshments
3:15 – 4:30 pm Workshop C
4:45 – 6:15 pm Business meeting
6:15 – 7:00 pm Social hour, cash bar
7:00 – 9:00 pm Banquet & Dance
9:15 pm Youth-led worship service

Sunday, April 15, 2007

8:30 – 10:00 am Breakfast, and table topics at First Unitarian Society
10:30 am Worship service at First Unitarian Society

Sunday Morning Events

Sunday Breakfast and Worship will be held at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, located downtown just steps from the Walker Art Museum. Shuttle transportation will be available at the hotel beginning at 8:15 a.m. Parking is also available for $1.00 in the Walker Center Parking Ramp. Directions will be given in your registration packets.

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Online registration is now closed.

Please register at the door. You may print your forms below and fill them out in advance if you like.

Conference Brochure (with Registration Forms)
Conference Registration Form
Youth Permission Form (to submit with Conference Registration Form)
as a PDF file (41 KB)

The Brochure PDF file contains all the material from the Web pages below, and also includes the Conference Registration and Youth Permission forms. To view or print PDF files, you will need a PDF-viewing program like Acrobat Reader.

Information from the Conference Brochure (Web pages)

Registration Options

Adults can register by mail (with a check) or electronically (with a credit card). Adults registering before March 16, 2007 will receive a $15 discount. Registration does not cover hotel reservations: you must make reservations separately. A discounted rate of $99 per night per room for one to four occupants is available at the Marriott. Children under age 18 may stay free with a parent. Rooms must be reserved by March 16, 2007. See General Info for more information.

Delegate accreditation must be done by a congregation officer. This is separate from and in addition to conference registration. The required passwords have been sent by mail. Registration by mail You can use these PDF files to print out registration forms to be mailed with checks. (The forms are also included in the Conference Brochure PDF file above.) The mailing address is on the Conference registration form (and also below).
Conference registration form
Youth permission form
Application for Exhibit Space

Each adult registering by mail must send in a Conference registration form. Each youth registering by mail must send in both the Conference registration form and the Youth permission form.

Registration forms must be accompanied by check made out to:
PSD Conference — FUS.

Mailing address for printed registration forms:

PSD Annual Conference, FUS, 900 Mt. Curve Ave., Minneapolis, MN  55403

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Slate of Nominees 2007


President for one year to complete unexpired term ending June 30, 2008
Kathryn Bowman, Unitarian Church, Davenport, Iowa

Vice-President for a two-year term ending June 30, 2009
Rev. Jim Eller, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Kansas City, Missouri

Treasurer for a two-year term ending June 30, 2009
Vickie Trott, Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, Overland Park, Kansas

Directors for three-year term ending June 30, 2010
(two to be elected)

Katy Lowery, White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Mahtomedi, Minnesota
Cheryll Wallace, First Unitarian Church, Omaha, Nebraska

Other Offices

Nominating Committee for two-year term ending June 30, 2009
(one to be elected)

(Rev. Karen Gustafson - name withdrawn)
Rev. Barbara Kellett, in affiliation with First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference for three year term ending June 30, 2010

Chris Greene, Michael Servetus Unitarian Society, Fridley, Minnesota

 Submitted by the 2006-07 Nominating Committee:

Andrea Heier (Wayzata, MN), Chair
Fritz Hudson (Lincoln, NE)
Graham Kreicker (Lawrence, KS)
Mark Sanderson (Sioux Falls, SD)
Sara Smalley (Minneapolis, MN: First Universalist)


Biographical Information

Kathy Bowman President
Kathryn L. Bowman has been a member of the Davenport Unitarian Church since 1976. Prior to assuming a leadership role as board clerk and board president, she served as chair of the social concerns committee and a religious education teacher. She served as interim DRE. She has also served as a trainer for Our Whole Lives (OWL) facilitators in PSD and also an OWL facilitator in her local congregation. She chaired the District Seventh Year Review Task Force. She has served on the PSD Board since 2001 having been Treasurer and Vice-President.
Jim Eller Vice-President
Rev. Jim Eller is a lifelong Unitarian who has served All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Kansas City, MO since 1999 as the senior minister. He has been a UU Minister for over 25 years, serving churches in Peoria, IL, and in Tulsa and Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. He has been the President of the PSD Minister’s Association for the last four years and is on the UU Grants Panel for a Just Society.
Vickie Trott Treasurer
Vickie Trott has been a member of Shawnee Mission UU Church, Overland Park, Kansas for nine years. In that time she has served as Treasurer, Membership Committee Co-Chair, and on the Ministerial Search Committee. She has an MBA and over 30 years experience in accounting and human resources management. She has been a Controller in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Currently, Vickie is self-employed as an accounting and administrative consultant. She is completing her first term as Treasurer.
Katy Lowery Director
Katy Lowery is a member of White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church. She has been vice president, president and past president of the WBUUC board. Because WBUUC has been growing rapidly for several years, Katy has gained experience in embracing and planning for growth. Katy works as the Director of the Annual Fund at Macalester College in St. Paul and holds a BA from Macalester and an MA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Cheryll Wallace Director
Cheryll Wallace is the Lifespan Director of Religious Education at First Unitarian Church in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been in her current position since November of 1995. Cheryll has served on the PSD Committee on Religious Education (CORE) and was chair of that committee. She also served on the PSD Lifespan Program Consultant Search Committee. Cheryll is completing her first term on the PSD Board.
Barbara Kellett Nominating Committee
Rev. Barbara Kellett is a community minister in affiliation with First Universalist Church of Minneapolis. Barbara’s primary ministry is listening to spiritual and life stories as a Spiritual Director. She is a guest preacher in our congregations, and labyrinth teacher and guide in interfaith and secular settings. Barbara founded Stonetree Congregational Resources, a Prairie Star District speaker’s bureau web site. She is the UU Society for Community Ministers' (SCM) representative for PSD community ministers. Barbara is also a candidate for the SCM Board.
Chris Greene Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference
Chris Greene, a member of Michael Servetus Unitarian Society (Fridley, MN), found Unitarian Universalism in 1972. He also has been active in UU churches in Boulder, CO and Belmont, MA. He served on the board in Fridley for many years including four years as president. He has served PSD as Treasurer, Vice President and four years as President. More recently, he has served on various PSD committees including the Nominating Committee and is completing his first term as MUUC representative.

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Keynote Speaker

Friday, April 13, 7:45 p.m.

Try A Little Tenderness

Rev. Dr. Laurel E. Hallman Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Texas LaurelHallman2

What can we do to create congregations with resilience, vitality and agility as we respond to the challenges of our time? Our keynote speaker, Laurel Hallman, will give us a new lens with which to view our faith communities.

Laurel Hallman has been the Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas for 20 years. She found Unitarian Universalism in St. Paul, Minnesota, at Unity Church–Unitarian in 1965, was called into the ministry from that church, and was ordained there 26 years ago. She says, “It will be good to be home in the Prairie Star District again.”

Judy Lecture

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m.

Home Grown Religion

Dr. Bill Doherty Professor, University of Minnesota, Department of Family Social Science

Religion is taught, or caught, mostly in the family. How can our faith tradition go more deeply into our homes? How do we create a gravitational pull around Unitarian Universalism so that more of our children feel drawn back when they grow up and form their own families? The answer won’t come in the form of traditional programming. We need a fresh approach.

Bill Doherty holds degrees in philosophy, theology, child development and family relations, and family studies. His interests include democratic community building with families. His writings include Take Back Your Marriage: Sticking Together in a World that Pulls Us Apart and Take Back Your Kids: Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times. He is a member of First Universalist Church, Minneapolis.

Saturday Evening Banquet “Wild Rhubarb”

“Wild Rhubarb” is a cooperative band supported by the Twin Cities Urban Folk School. Members volunteer their time and any proceeds earned go to support folk school operations. Dave Leussler leads the band and calls traditional dances for all ages and abilities. Attending a “Wild Rhubarb” dance is a chance to build community with your fellow participants supported by passionate music and buoyed by powerful traditions. “Wild Rhubarb” is always open to drop in musicians from the group. No experience necessary!

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Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
Phone: 1-800-228-9290

The Conference will take place at the Marriott City Center which is located in the heart of our downtown’s entertainment district, just a block away from the city’s new light rail service to such destinations as Minnehaha Falls Park, the Mall of America and the airport.

Hotel Reservations

The conference hotel, Marriott City Center, is full except for their most expensive rooms.

Other nearby hotels are

Radisson Plaza Hotel: 612-339-4900
Residence Inn by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown: 612-677-1000
The Marquette: 612-333-4545


Parking is available at reasonable cost for conference participants in the parking ramp adjacent to the conference hotel.


Registration is $135 for adults, $50 for youth. Please print or photocopy the Conference registration form for each attendee 12 years old and older. Early bird registration ($120) for adults must be postmarked by March 16, 2007.

Conference registration form (PDF, 34 KB)
Youth registration form (PDF, 41 KB)
To register adults online, visit Prairie Store.

Youth must register by mail (rather than through Prairie Store) because we need a parent’s signature. Each youth registering should mail in both a Conference registration form and a Youth registration form.

Full refunds available until April 1.

Youth Program

All attending youth (ages 12–18) must be sponsored by an adult who is attending the conference. Let your congregation know if you are willing to be a sponsor. Youth will participate in the full Annual Conference and are encouraged to attend the special consultation with the UUA. Youth will provide the Saturday evening worship service. For more information, see Youth.


Adult registration includes Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the hotel and Sunday breakfast at First Unitarian Society. If you prefer vegetarian meals, or have other dietary needs, please indicate this in advance on your registration form.

Banner Parade

The Banner Parade will be Friday evening, and banners will be exhibited throughout the conference. You are invited and encouraged to bring your congregation’s banner (and pole) for the parade. To learn more about creating a banner, visit

Child Care

Child care will be available at the hotel for children ages 3–11 years. The fee is $40 per child; registration must be received by April 1, 2007.

Sunday Morning

First Unitarian Society welcomes you to experience the combined choirs of First Unitarian and First Universalist Church and our orchestra performing “Sources”, a dynamic musical presentation based on the six sources of our UUA Purposes and Principles. Composed by Jason Shelton, Music Director at the UU Church of Nashville, with lyrics by Kendyl Gibbons, Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Society, this Cantata will have you singing, shouting, and making a joyful noise about the inspiring faith we share.


The Annual Conference choir is on sabbatical this year, due to the special musical presentation.

Sunday Morning Collection

Help us to nurture justice in the wider community by focusing UU generosity on the American Refugee Committee’s efforts in Darfur. Our Sunday morning collection at the Annual Conference will be for ARC’s efforts in Darfur.

The American Refugee Committee is a Minneapolis-based international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the last 27 years. ARC works with refugee communities in 10 countries around the world, helping people regain control of their lives. The people ARC serves have lost everything to events completely beyond their control. ARC provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection and whatever support they can give to let people begin again.

Currently in Darfur, ARC runs 16 Primary Health Clinics, repairs or builds one wateryard and one new well per month, provides books, classrooms, school kits, and water systems to 8,000 school-age kids, and assists farmers with seeds, tools, training, care of livestock, and development of community gardens.

For more information, please visit

Scholarship Fund

The Prairie Star District Board has authorized the creation of a scholarship fund to subsidize attendance at future Annual Conferences for those who could not otherwise attend. When you register for this year’s conference, you will have the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to this fund. The criteria for awarding of scholarships will be published when funds are available.

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