PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

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AnnualConference2007 / General Info

Accommodations

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

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

Registration

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.

Meals

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 http://www.uua.org/ga/program/highlights/banner-parade.

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.

Choir

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 http://www.arcrelief.org.

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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