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AnnualConference2007 / Workshops C

C1: Treasures in Our Pockets: The How and Why of Intergenerational Worship

Rev. Laurie Bushbaum
UU Minister

Church is one of the last places in our culture where we can regularly be a multi-generational community. Worship nurtures souls. So how can we be all together in worship? Come practice.

C2: We’re Gonna Have to Sing Our Way Through This!

Rev. Don Rollins
Nora Unitarian Universalist Church, Hanska, MN

Sometimes it appears as though UUs resist truly singable music. This is a chance to learn and sing some songs that can lift our hearts and feed our souls.

C3: Being Religious in School

David Schwartz
UU Ministerial Candidate

In the public school classroom, how do we live out our values as UU students, teachers, and ministers? Can public secondary education be UU ministry? Explore how to live our religious values in the public school, the specific challenges and unique opportunities of this work, and our own stories of finding sustenance through our religious community for life in education as a student or educator. As a student, secondary school teacher, religious education teacher, or minister, what is your story of the intersection of your religious values and education?

C4: Inspired Faith, Effective Action

Adam Gerhardstein
UUA Washington Office for Advocacy

Learn how UUs can do social justice work effectively and strategically to influence culture and policy, in a way that is grounded in our religious values, accountable to the community and rewarding for all involved. We will cover our theological foundation for social justice, accountability, building relationships, strategic planning, effective advocacy, and celebrating our accomplishments.

C5: Faith and Action: Discussing Reproductive Choice

Pamela Vincent and Kelli Clement
First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, MN

This workshop introduces the pilot curriculum developed by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Developed specifically for Unitarian Universalists, it provides a four-part curriculum designed to bring more light and less heat to a potentially divisive topic. Trained to teach this curriculum, the presenters have taught it at First Universalist in Minneapolis.

C6: You Can Say That Again: Finding Peace Through the Use of a Mantra

Lori Allen and Cheryll Wallace
Unitarian Church Lincoln, NE and First Unitarian Church of Omaha, NE

This workshop is an introduction to the mantra, simple repetitive words, used for centuries to bring peace and balance in the midst of chaos or calm. Along with an introduction to time-honored mantras, participants will create a symbol that is a reminder of these sacred words. Prairie Star Religious Educators Lori Allen and Cheryll Wallace will facilitate.

C7: The Great Turning

Betsy Allis
First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, MN

Come view David Korten’s widely acclaimed presentation on “The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community,” delivered at the 2006 UUA General Assembly. Discuss his comprehensive plan for changing the direction of society away from the dominator model that has prevailed for 5,000 years toward a more sustainable Earth Community. Learn how UUs can play a powerful role in this shift. Led in partnership with UUs For a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) and UU EcoMinds, a working group of the MN UU Social Justice Alliance.

C8: Bringing Our History to Life

Lowell Hanson and Jerry Lakso
White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Mahtomedi, MN

Join us for a first showing of two new PSD Heritage Committee history DVDs, a preview of two one-day video production workshops (to be given in Fall, 2007); and in identifying important history stories to be dramatized. Jerry Lakso and Steve Goranson, both professional video producers, will present.

C9: After Disaster

Rev. Jim VanderWeele
Community Church Unitarian Universalist, New Orleans, LA

A retrospective. How might a church address pastoral concerns and planning issues after a disaster? The topics include maintaining contact, post traumatic stress, loss of members, building a reconstruction plan, and the formation of a cluster: The Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalists (GNOUU).

C10: What’s the Buzz on Youth Ministry? Part 3

Tom Rylett and Tandi Rogers Koerger
UUA Task Force

This workshop continues the conversation begun in workshops A10 and B10.

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