Eboo Patel - Acts of FaithYouth and young adults have always played a crucial role in social movements. In this religiously volatile time, the question we should be asking is: why do some young people become champions of religious pluralism and why do some become the foot soldiers of religious totalitarianism? According to Eboo Patel, author of Acts of Faith: The Story of An American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, religious extremism is a movement of young people taking action who are manipulated by their totalitarian leaders. How can we tip the balance and get more youth and young adults involved in celebrating religious pluralism instead of standing idly by while more and more youth are pulled in the direction of fanaticism?

Join us for our annual Religious Education and Lifelong Learning (REALL) weekend when we explore the issues raised by Eboo Patel’s book and consider ways in which we can fire up our youth about becoming involved in social change as well as attracting other youth to our faith – youth who are searching for identity and affirmation that is too often found as part of radical fundamentalist movements who preach division and hate.

Tera LittleOur guest speaker for Saturday’s program is Tera Little who is in her 9th year as the Director of Lifespan Programs for the Pacific Southwest District of the UUA. She is also a ministerial candidate, a student at Meadville Lombard in the modified residency program. Tera is passionate about youth, young adult, and justice ministries and is always looking for new ways to get young people connected with justice issues that light them on fire. She shares her life with her 14 year old son, Adrian, and her partner, Ryan.


Participants are invited to stay at nearby County Clare Inn by making reservations directly with the hotel. All rooms have queen-size beds and a large whirlpool tub. Breakfast is included with the nightly stay and we have a set of rooms reserved for our group until February 28th. More information on the hotel can be found online at the County Clare Inn website (but you must book over the phone because all rooms in the Inn are being held for this REALL weekend).

The REALL weekend kicks off Friday, March 27th at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee with dinner at 6 pm and continues until Saturday March 28th at 3:30 pm.

To register, fill out the registration form accompanying the flyer for the 2009 REALL weekend and send it to the district office with a check for $100 for a team of three persons from a congregation or $40 per person (registration fee includes dinner Friday night and lunch on Saturday). Deadline for registration is March 13, 2009. After this date, an additional late fee of $40 will be required.

Child care is available upon request and must be requested prior to March 13th, after that date, on-site arrangements cannot be guaranteed.