AC2012LogoLessons from War and Peace: Stories of Hope, Faith, and Courage

Bloomington, Minnesota

April 13-15, 2012

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
I-494 and Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, Minnesota

Welcome to the Annual Conference

The PSD Annual Conference is a weekend of lectures, workshops, worship, networking, and fellowship. The conference begins  at 7:00 Friday evening, but there are pre-conference activities earlier on Friday. The Conference concludes at10:30 Sunday morning.

Information on schedule, registration, workshops, and other details is available through the menu to the upper right.

Lessons from War & Peace

War is like the elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about. As Unitarian Universalists, we can agree that we all want peace and we all need to support our troops and their families, but we may feel very differently about war itself. Is war ever justified? What can we learn from those who have experienced it? Can we wage peace instead?

As our country is engaged in war on the other side of the globe, every one of us is affected by the enormous emotional and financial burden of sending our young people into battle. Many of us have served our military, or have family members proudly serving now. Or perhaps we have just been horrified by the articles in the paper about the rising suicide rate among veterans. Let us consider the seven UU principles and how they can guide us to peace.

We invite you to join us for a deeper exploration of the costs of war, how to heal from it, and how we, as people of faith, can become instruments of peace in our everyday lives. 

In addition to examining this profoundly moving theme, you can benefit from workshops designed to strengthen your congregations, deepen your social justice work, and enrich you on a personal level. Come and experience some of the PSD's top talent, culminating with the joy of shared worship and musical celebration on Sunday morning.

“Veterans have experience that makes them the light at the tip of the candle, illuminating the roots of war and the way to peace.”   ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


tom weinerArthur M. Judy Memorial Lecture:

The Toll War Takes on All Who Are Called to Serve

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Judy Lecture will be presented by Thomas Weiner.

More information at Saturday Events.

Now that the lecture has completed, you can watch a recording.


JimEller smKeynote Address: The Glory of Courage and the Joy of Reconciliation

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Keynote Address will be presented by Rev. Jim Eller.

More information at Opening Celebration.

Now that the celebration has completed, you can watch a recording.


Closing Multigenerational Worship: Lay Down the Shield, Lay Down the Sword

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Watch recorded video coverage of the worship service

 Business Meeting

Saturday, April 14, 2012 

Now that the meeting has completed, you can watch a recording.


The Conference will include a choice of a seven or eight workshops per session in each of four sessions on Saturday.

Workshops Session A (11:00 AM to 12:15 PM)
Workshops Session B (1:45 to 3:00 PM)
Workshops Session C (3:15 to 4:40 PM)
Workshops Session D (4:45 to 5:45 PM)Printable fliers

A flier to post on your congregation's bulletin boards is available.

Download it here to print and post.
To have a color hardcopy of the flier mailed to your congregation, request one from the PSD Office.