PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

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AnnualConference2010 / Conference Highlights

  • Friday Night Multigenerational Opening Worship - Members of Prairie Star District Chapter of LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association).
  • Saturday Morning Arthur M. Judy Lecture - Dr. Mark Hicks, Meadville–Lombard Theological School
  • Creativity Experiences For both before and during the conference
  • Saturday Night Concert for All Ages: “An Evening with John McCutcheon” - John McCutcheon, Singer and Songwriter
  • Sunday Morning Service at the Figge Art Museum - Rev. Kent Saleska, UU Church of Minnetonka
  • And come early for these pre-conference options on Friday
    Two Workshops: “Roots and Wings for Anti-Racism” and “Politics of Marriage Equality”
    Mexican Dinner and Open Mic Entertainment

Multigenerational Opening Worship: Worship Across the Ages Friday, April 23, 2010

A Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) team from Prairie Star District will present a worship service that models how worship can be enjoyed and shared when all ages are present. We can spread our wings to try new and innovative ideas that further our need to include children, youth and adults in worship together in order to create a shared spiritual depth in our beloved communities.

We invite you to explore with us, the Religious Educators of Prairie Star District, how we as adult UUs might find common ground with our youth, our children, and our future through the Friday night worship and then throughout the weekend. It is our goal to ‘stir’ the questions ‘What is our job as parent, mentor, and theologian to our young? How is it we can build community, across the ages, through our worship?’ Join us for worship on Friday night to begin the search."

Presenters

Members of the PSD Chapter of LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association)

The PSD Chapter of LREDA is an anti-racist, welcoming professional organization of liberal religious educators and those supportive of religious education. PSD LREDA promotes the religious growth and learning of people of all ages and advocates for the support of religious educators and the field of liberal religious education.

Jan FitzgeraldJan Fitzgerald

Judy SasserJudy Sasser

Lori AllenLori Allen

Sherry WarrenSherry Warren

 

Jan Fitzgerald

Jan is the current Director of Religious Education at Minnesota Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bloomington, Minnesota. She has been the director for 5 years and has enjoyed building a strong Religious Education program within her Fellowship. Before coming to Minnesota Valley she was a music teacher for 20 years at St. Paul Academy and the Edina Public Schools. She has taught a variety of school ages with an emphasis in middle school strings. She is serving her first year as the President of the Minnesota Chapter of LREDA.

Dr. Judith Sasser

Judy is beginning her fifth year as Director of Lifespan Religious Education at the UU Fellowship in Topeka, Kansas. Her background is education, where she worked for 40 years as a teacher of children and youth with special needs, and later as a school counselor. She finished her educator’s career at Emporia State University sharing her knowledge and experience in counseling to those entering the field. She remarks, “How refreshing it is to begin a new career after one retires. My work as a UU is filled with the passion of knowing that the future generations must be prepared to make decisions toward peace, love, and justice and that I can help this happen.” Judy’s specialties are in the area of promoting peaceful parenting; facilitating group process; and leadership development. Sophia Fahs is her hero.

Lori Allen

Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at the UU Fellowship of Ames, Iowa, and PSD Lifespan Program Area Coordinator

Sherry Warren

Sherry has served the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence as their half-time Director of Religious Education since 2002, and serves as the PSD Youth and Young Adult Specialist. She has created and organized dozens of multigenerational worship services for her congregation in Lawrence and has a special place in her heart for the child in all of us. She lives outside of Lawrence with her family and scads of pets where she gardens when she can and tries to make pickles every Summer.

Judy Lecture and All-Conference Workshop

Saturday, April 24, 2010 Mark Hicks

Photo: Joyce Rollins

Dr. Mark A. Hicks

Watch the video of this lecture and workshop!

Dr. Mark A. Hicks will present the Rev. Arthur Judy Memorial Lecture on Saturday morning. Following the lecture, the Saturday morning workshop time slot (“Workshop A”) will be devoted to an All-Conference Multigenerational Workshop presented by Dr. Hicks. Dr. Hicks will also present one of the Pre-Conference Workshops Friday morning.

2010 Judy Lecture: “Experience the Vision!”

BACKGROUND READING

HOW DO YOU LEARN? Are you a reader? A writer? Musician? Athlete? Do you need to 'see' something in order to learn how it works?

Dr. Mark A. Hicks will lead us through an experiential examination of how people learn - and how we can learn to successfully interact with others. Dr. Hicks' lecture won’t be a 'sit in your seat' exercise. Dr. Hicks will present some very brief opening remarks before challenging us to discover the multiple ways the human mind manifests intelligence. Using a small group format, Dr. Hicks' interactive presentation will offer each workshop participant a virtual toolkit for understanding and harnessing the power of learning. No matter your chronological age, this workshop promises to be a unique experience.

Describing himself as a philosopher, educator, artist and activist, Dr. Hicks sees himself as part of a contingent of well-meaning people who are committed to improving our social world. Guided by the concept of transformation, Dr. Hicks' workshop will be life changing for you and for your congregation.

“Transformation,” literally, requires individuals and groups to “negotiate and act on our own purposes, values, feelings, and meanings rather than those we have uncritically assimilated from others – to gain greater control over our lives as socially responsible, clear-thinking decision makers” (see Jack Mezirow & Associates’ 2000 text, Learning as Transformation, p. 8).

Beginning in the 1930s, one of the intellectual redwoods of Unitarian Religious Education, Sophia Fahs, withstood public pressure and challenged America to step into the “modern age” by incorporating the wisdom of science into the fabric of religious thinking and action. We responded to the challenge, and led a national movement to transform RE into the reality we know today. Almost 100 years later, we are at a similar crossroads, this time, responding to the call to be ever more inclusive in terms of generational differences, as well as discern how we can live into our dream of being a community that welcomes all souls at our table of inclusion. This year’s Judy Lecture, like other elements of the Conference, will provide an opportunity envision – and experience - alternative ways to honor our commitment to be welcoming of differences that tend to divide the human family.

Presenter

Dr. Hicks is the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School. As a Unitarian Universalist and former professor of educational transformation at George Mason University, Dr. Hicks’s scholarship, teaching, and curricular innovations have been recognized by peers for excellence, relevance, and importance to religious and secular groups interested in justice, equity and accountability.

He is the curriculum developer for the UUA’s anti-racist/anti-oppression curriculum, Building the World We Dream About, which was launched nationally in over 50 UU congregations, and is currently developing the next generation of educational curriculum that addresses environmental justice. He is also a lay leader at All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Hicks holds a doctorate degree in philosophy and education and a Master’s degree in adult and higher education, both from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Hicks’s website

Creativity Experiences(Throughout the Conference) Make and trade Artist Trading Cards. Make some before you come, and “Make-it/Take-It” tables will be available at the conference with art supplies. Trade cards with other UUs throughout the Conference. Make a Journal Record your thoughts on the Journal Wall Pre-K creativity tables Make origami peace cranes

See Creativity Experiences for more details.

Saturday Night Concert for All Ages: “An Evening with John McCutcheon”

Saturday, April 24, 2010 John McCutcheon

John McCutcheon

Singer–Songwriter John McCutcheon, six-time Grammy nominee and holder of multiple Parents’ Choice and American Library Association awards, is nationally known for his folk music for adults and children and his wonderful talent on many instruments, particularly the hammered dulcimer. John will offer both a multigenerational workshop, “Singing for Our Lives” (Workshop B-8), and a Saturday evening concert for all ages, “An Evening with John McCutcheon”.

A ticket to this concert is included with your conference registration. Additional tickets for friends and family not attending the conference are available to purchase separately.

Click these links to see and hear a performance of one of John’s most famous songs at Christmas in the Trenches and to see John’s bio.

Multigenerational Worship and Museum Tours

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Multigenerational Worship

Sunday service will take place at the Figge Art Museum, just a block from the conference hotel.

The service will be led by guest minister Rev. Kent Saleska, who now serves the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka in Wayzata, Minnesota. Kent, the son of two Unitarian Universalist ministers, was a youth, young adult, and leader of youth in the host congregation, the Unitarian Church in Davenport. He has ten years of experience as a youth leader in UU churches.

The service will also feature the Conference Choir – be sure to sign up on the Registration Form if you are interested in singing in the choir.

Museum Tours

Following the Sunday service, we offer private tours of the Figge Art Museum, including works from the University of Iowa’s collection as well as the Figge’s own art collection. If you are interested in participating, please check on your registration form so we can arrange for enough docents to be available.

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