Keynote Speaker

Friday, April 13, 7:45 p.m.

Try A Little Tenderness

Rev. Dr. Laurel E. Hallman Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Texas 

What can we do to create congregations with resilience, vitality and agility as we respond to the challenges of our time? Our keynote speaker, Laurel Hallman, will give us a new lens with which to view our faith communities.

Laurel Hallman has been the Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas for 20 years. She found Unitarian Universalism in St. Paul, Minnesota, at Unity Church–Unitarian in 1965, was called into the ministry from that church, and was ordained there 26 years ago. She says, “It will be good to be home in the Prairie Star District again.”

Judy Lecture

Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m.

Home Grown Religion

Dr. Bill Doherty Professor, University of Minnesota, Department of Family Social Science 

Religion is taught, or caught, mostly in the family. How can our faith tradition go more deeply into our homes? How do we create a gravitational pull around Unitarian Universalism so that more of our children feel drawn back when they grow up and form their own families? The answer won’t come in the form of traditional programming. We need a fresh approach.

Bill Doherty holds degrees in philosophy, theology, child development and family relations, and family studies. His interests include democratic community building with families. His writings include Take Back Your Marriage: Sticking Together in a World that Pulls Us Apart and Take Back Your Kids: Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times. He is a member of First Universalist Church, Minneapolis.

Saturday Evening Banquet “Wild Rhubarb”

“Wild Rhubarb” is a cooperative band supported by the Twin Cities Urban Folk School. Members volunteer their time and any proceeds earned go to support folk school operations. Dave Leussler leads the band and calls traditional dances for all ages and abilities. Attending a “Wild Rhubarb” dance is a chance to build community with your fellow participants supported by passionate music and buoyed by powerful traditions. “Wild Rhubarb” is always open to drop in musicians from the group. No experience necessary!

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