PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

Because Prairie Star District has become part of MidAmerica Region, this page has been archived as of July 15, 2013, for reference purposes.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!

Conference Retrospective

List of all PSD Annual Conference Locations

2011 logo

It Matters What We Believe

April 8–10, 2011

Hosted by First Unitarian Church of Des Moines

Airport Holiday Inn
Des Moines, Iowa

Keynote Address: Rev. Brian Eslinger
“Telling Our Stories”

Judy Lecturer: Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
“Spiritual Maturity as the Goal of Faith Development”

Roots and Wings:
Weaving Multigenerational Dreams

April 23–25, 2010

Hosted by the Unitarian Church, Davenport, Iowa

Radisson Quad City Plaza
Davenport, Iowa

Opening Worship Service: Jan Fitzgerald, Dr. Judy Sasser, Lori Allen, Sherry Warren “Worship Across the Ages”

Judy Lecturer: Dr. Mark A. Hicks “Experience the Vision!”

Our Blue Boat Home:
Living the Seventh Principle

April 3–5, 2009

Hosted by the UU Congregation of Duluth

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites
Duluth, Minnesota

Keynote Address: Linda Barnes and Mark Runquist

Judy Lecturer: Peter Mayer

Artwork by Cheryll Wallace

Rebuilding a Faithful Democracy

April 11–13, 2008

Hosted by the First and Second Unitarian Churches of Omaha

Embassy Suites Hotel
Omaha, Nebraska

Keynote Address: Charlie Clements “Who Bears the Burden”

Judy Lecturer: Rev. Meg Riley

Nurturing Our Faith Communities

April 13–15, 2007

Hosted by the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis

City Center Marriott
in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

Keynote Address: Rev. Dr. Laurel E. Hallman “Try a Little Tenderness”

Judy Lecturer: Dr. Bill Doherty “Home Grown Religion”

UU Con:
Giving Life the Shape of Justice

April 28–30, 2006

Hosted by UU Society of Iowa City

Sheraton Inn
in downtown Iowa City, Iowa

Keynote Address: Johanna Chao Rittenburg
“Making A Difference in a Globalized Age:Lessons from the Field”

Judy Lecturer: Rev. Valerie Mapstone Ackerman
“The Revolution Starts Now”

Unity in Diversity:
Source of Hope and Courage

April 8–10, 2005

Hosted by Unity Church – Unitarian in St. Paul

Radisson Riverfront Hotel
St. Paul, Minnesota

Keynote Address: Rev. Michael A. Schuler
“Diversity in the UU Pew: Possibility or Pipe Dream?”

Judy Lecturer: Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt
“Liberal Religion: A Date with History”

Growing Season

April 23–25, 2004

Hosted by All Souls UU Church of Kansas City
with assistance from area UU congregations

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Keynote Address: Rev. Peter Morales
“Making Room in Our Hearts”

Judy Lecturer: Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris
“The Power in What We Care About”

Congregations in Changing Times:
40 Years in the Prairie Star District

April 5–7, 2003

Hosted by The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester

Holiday Inn City Centre
200 South Broadway, Rochester, Minnesota

Keynote Address: Rev. Stefan Jonasson
“The Enduring Frontier:Continuity and Change in Prairie Unitarian Universalism”

Judy Lecturer: Rev. Carol Hepokoski
“The Place of Ethical Faith”

Practicing Pluralism:
Cultivating Diversity in Congregations

April 5–7, 2002

Hosted by Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames

The Hotel at Gateway Center
Ames, Iowa

Keynote Address: Rev. Keith Kron
“Gatekeepers, Vultures, and Other Food for Our Souls”

Judy Lecturer: Rev. Meg Riley
“Touching Wholeness in a Broken World”

 

Leadership: Answering the Call

April 27–29, 2001

Hosted by The First Universalist Church of Minneapolis

Doubletree Hotel
7901 24th Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota

Keynote Address: Rev. Karen Gustafson
“Practical Pluralism: Giving Depth to Breadth”

Judy Lecturer: Rev. Dr. William R. Murry
“Growing Vital and Faithful Congregations”

The Power of Community

April 7–9, 2000

Hosted by The Unitarian Church of Lincoln

Downtown Holiday Inn
9th & P Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska

Keynote Address: Dr. Helen Bishop
“Beyond Number: The Power of Community”

Judy Lecturer: Rev. Dr. Linda Hansen
“Community: The Most Genuine of Victories”

1999 logo

Artwork by Karen Dahl

Coloring Outside the Lines

April 16–18, 1999

Hosted by White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church

Radisson Inn St. Paul at Town Square
411 Minnesota St., St. Paul, Minnesota

Keynote Address: Bill Holm
“In Praise of Eccentrics:Don’t Be Afraid of Them, Though You Probably Should Be”

Judy Lecturer: Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
“Drawing the Lines:Thoughts on Conceiving the Future of Liberal Religion”

1998 logo

Networking on the Prairie

April 17–19, 1998

Hosted by First Unitarian of Des Moines

Hotel Fort Des Moines
1000 Walnut St., Des Moines, Iowa

Keynote Address: Rev. Suzanne Meyer
“UU Fundamentals: Our Past Informs Our Future”

Judy Lecturer: Rev. Bill Sinkford
“Fullfilling the Promise”