From The Unitarian Church, Davenport, Iowa

Dear UUs of All Ages,

Welcome to the Prairie Star District 2010 Annual Conference in Davenport, Iowa! We invite you to join us for Roots and Wings : Weaving Multigenerational Dreams!

NEWS:  Embracing the PSD Board’s goals for engaging our young people, we’ve put together a 2010 conference program with appeal for all ages. By attracting people of every generation, we hope to enrich the conference experience for everyone.

We have invited tremendous speakers – including Dr. Mark A. Hicks, PSD religious educators and other experts on multigenerational worship. John McCutcheon, nationally known singer and hammered dulcimer player will give a concert for all ages on Saturday night, “An Evening with John McCutcheon”, and will also lead a workshop for all ages (B-8: “Singing for Our Lives”). We have other great multigenerational workshops! We have the Mississippi River, the Figge Art Gallery, and many other local opportunities to enjoy!

We invite you and your family and friends, your grandchildren, the youth from your congregation – in short, everyone – to join us.

QUESTION:  Why are we taking this multigenerational approach?

ANSWER:  For fun. For learning. For camaraderie. To re-invigorate our congregations and district, and to grow future leaders.

We are deeply grateful to the Riverboat Development Authority of Davenport for a generous grant that allows us to reduce registration fees for all those 35 and under, making it easier for younger folks (who are perhaps still getting established) to take part in the conference experience.

Of course, we hope record numbers of those over 35 will come too!

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The 2010 Annual Conference — with multi-generational worship services, expert speakers on multi-generational programming, and a nationally known singer and hammered dulcimer player — is designed to appeal to all ages. By attracting people of every generation, we hope to enrich the conference experience for everyone.

We invite you and your family and friends, your grandchildren, the youth from your congregation — in short, everyone — to join us. Registration fees for everyone 35 and younger are dramatically lower this year thanks to a grant from the Riverboat Development Authority.

The conference begins at 7:00 PM on Friday, but there are a number of pre-conference activities earlier on Friday. The Conference concludes at 10:30 AM Sunday.

Conference Flyer

Please download and print this Conference Flyer (824 KB) to post on bulletin boards at your congregation. (The flyer is a PDF file. See About PDF Files for information about PDF files.)

Please also post the Pre-Conference Workshop Flyer (PDF file, 32 KB).

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Awards

Awards are given every year at the Annual Conference. Read the award descriptions, and if this sounds like someone you know, fill out a nomination form for them! (Deadline for nominations: January 31, 2010.)

Contacts

For more information on registration, email LaDonna Anderson, Conference Registrar, or phone George Robinson, Assistant Registrar.

For general information on the conference schedule or activities, contact Barb Robinson.

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The 47th Annual Meeting of Prairie Star District, UUA, will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010, from 8:00 to 9:15 AM., at River Center North, 136 E. Third St., Davenport, Iowa 52801 in Mississippi Hall.

PLEASE NOTE: The Annual Business Meeting is being held early in the morning on Saturday this year.

The agenda for the meeting includes adoption of the 2010–2011 Prairie Star District budget, the election for the positions shown in the report of the Nominating Committee, and such other matters as may properly come before the meeting.

Business Meeting Links

The Nominating Committee Report: The slate of nominees for District offices to be elected at the Annual Meeting. The report including biographical information is available to view here. A hard copy was included in the official notice of the meeting mailed to every congregation president and parish minister. It also will be printed in the PSD Annual Report which will be distributed to all delegates at the Annual Business Meeting.

Proposed Budget: The proposed budgets are available to view here. They also will be printed in the Annual Report which will be distributed to all delegates at the Annual Conference.

Delegate Counts: A list by congregation of the number of delegates per congregation for 2010.

Voting Delegates Congregational Delegates

Every affiliated congregation in good standing is entitled to a specific number of delegates who can vote at the meeting. The number of delegates is determined by number of congregation members. Each congregation may send as many participants to the conference as desired, but only the delegates accredited on the Web site will be able to vote. All conference participants including delegates should complete a Registration to attend the Annual Conference.

Procedure for accrediting congregational delegates:

The congregation should select its delegates according to its bylaws. The deadline has passed for naming delegates online. Please send your delegates to the Conference with a letter signed by an officer or minister of the congregation stating the name of the congregation and the names of the delegates. This letter can be presented at the delegate sign-in section of the Conference registration desk. Fellowshipped, settled, and interim ministers are automatically delegates. Please do not list them with the delegates selected by the congregation. People who will be delegates should also register like other conference participants. (The accreditation process above does not do that; it merely identifies who the voting delegates are.) Delegates who have been accredited on the Web site must also sign in at the Registration table at the Conference before 7:30 AM on Saturday, April 24, 2010 to show that they are in attendance. They will then be given a sticker for their name badge indicating that they are entitled to vote and a hardcopy of the PSD Annual Report. NOTE: The sign-in deadline is early Saturday morning. Delegates who have not been listed on the web site by the April 20, deadline must bring to the conference a letter signed by the minister or an officer of their congregation stating the name of the congregation and the names of the delegates. Additional Delegates

There are two other groups of delegates:

Ordained, fellowshipped, settled, and interim ministers and ministers emeritus are entitled to be delegates (in addition to the delegates selected by congregations). Members of the PSD Board of Directors are also entitled to be delegates.

Procedure for additional delegates:

There will not be paper credentials for these delegates, and their names should not be listed with the congregational delegates. Persons who are delegates by their ministerial or Board member status should sign in at the Conference before 7:30 AM on Saturday, April 24, 2010 to show they are in attendance and will be given a sticker for their name badge indicating they are entitled to vote. All conference participants including delegates should complete a Registration to attend the Annual Conference.

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Why should your children come?

This year, there is no registration fee for children grade 6 and under, a reduction of $60 from last year. Here’s why they should come:

To get to know other UU kids and form connections that may last a lifetime! To take part in a great mix of multigenerational workshops, conference workshops, concerts and worship, designed to appeal to all ages including kids. Kids will find sessions on everything from comic book heroes to technology including a concert for all ages: “An Evening with John McCutcheon”! To sit in a kid-comfortable area located at the side of each room, where kids of all ages can gather to do quiet activities while the program is in session. (This will be available in all large-group and many small-group conference sessions.) To eat popcorn and watch movies in Rooms 205 and 206 of the conference hotel following end of the formal conference program at 8:30 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. (Parents should drop children off and pick them up at the arranged time. This opportunity is geared toward older elementary children who do not yet need to be in bed.) To search for treasures at the kid-friendly scavenger hunt and picnic on the banks of the Mississippi River while older folks attend the Awards Luncheon. To play and sing! Bring your instruments or your voice, as well as your appetite to the pre-conference Friday evening Mexican Supper and Open Mic Night. Join in the fun. To make Artist Trading Cards to trade with your friends or origami cranes for an all-conference peace sculpture – all available at the conference Make-It/Take-It booths. To have fun!

Please come, bring your spirit and enthusiasm and join with us in celebration.

We are deeply grateful to the Riverboat Development Authority of Davenport for a generous grant that allows us to eliminate registration fees entirely for Infants, Toddlers, and Children accompanying a registered adult and to reduce fees for Youth registrants.

Please note that these fee reductions and eliminations are for this year only.

Our goal is to attract younger folks to the conference, helping us reinvigorate our congregations and district and engage future leaders. Parents and sponsors: please consider bringing youth of all ages to take part in our multigenerational celebration!

Printable Flier

A printable flier summarizing all activities for children and youth during the conference is available to download (in PDF Format — 85KB).

Registration

Two forms are required to register children (grade 6 and under, including infants and toddlers): a Registration Form and a Permission Form.

Registration Form

The registration form is the same for all individuals regardless of age including infants and toddlers.

If you register online, once you have completed the first adult registration, the online registration system will offer you the option to “Register another person for the Annual Conference.” Click this link and continue on to register other members of your family before you “check out.” If you are printing out the form in hard copy to fill in by hand, you may print it multiple times – one for each individual.

Permission Forms

Permission forms signed by parents or guardians, are required for all attendees in Grade 12 and below. Because the signatures on these forms need to be original signatures, you’ll need to print out the forms, sign them, and then mail them to the registrar by US Mail or other physical mail service.

Child Permission Form for grade 6 and under including infants and toddlers (PDF, 18 KB)

Deadlines

April 8, 2010, at noon, is the deadline for the following: Deadline extended

Conference registration (mailed with check and on-line by credit card) for all ages Permission forms for those in Grade 12 and younger Online Registration will end at noon on April 16. Mail in Registrations and Permission Forms must be received by noon on April 20.[ NOTE: Youth, Child, Toddler, and Infant registrations will NOT be accepted after this deadline.]

April 8, 2010, at noon, is the deadline for the following: (This deadline is NOT extended.)

Cancellations of previously made registrations, if you decide not to come after all

Notifying us of your decisions by April 8, gives the conference hotel and the local committee time to order food and plan for staffing for an accurate number of registrants.

Suggestions

Parents and sponsors: If you have suggestions regarding other ways to make this conference more youth-friendly, please contact Barb Robinson.

Meals for Children

See meals for information about the meals for children.

Child Care for Infants and Toddlers

Any child not yet ready to participate in organized activities can be enrolled in Child Care. Choose this option on the Child Permission form. There is no fee for registration or Child Care for children accompanying a registered adult (this year only).

Supervised Infant and Toddler Child Care will be available in Rooms 205 and 206 of the Radisson Hotel as follows:

Saturday from 8:00 am through 12:30 pm Saturday from 2:00 through 5:00 pm Sunday from 8:00 through 9:00 am (for parents who are choir members; during rehearsal only).

During other hours, parents may choose to take infants and toddlers to the side of conference venues where older children may do quiet activities and crafts, and parents of infants and toddlers may want to quietly entertain their little ones.

All child care supervisors will be qualified, background-checked, experienced caregivers.

Meals for Infants and Toddlers

See meals for information about the meals for infants and toddlers.

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  • 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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"You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the most difficult task in the world, for opening the door to your own life is, in the end, more difficult than opening the door to the mysteries of the universe."

— Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist Philosopher, Teacher, Author

“I’m not an Artist” – “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body” – “I can’t draw” . . . Sound familiar? For many of us, the idea of being creative is limited to those we perceive as having a talent: drawing, painting, singing, dancing and the like. We recall, though, that as children we reveled in imagination, story–telling, impromptu songs and performances in the backyard, finger painting and making gifts for others for every occasion. Evan Picasso said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

We invite you to spend some time at the conference and join us in a variety of Creativity Experiences that offer an opportunity to engage in creative play: Artist Trading Cards, Making a Journal, the Journal Wall, Origami Art, and more. Come out and PLAY! All materials, tools and individual instruction is provided and included with your conference registration. No need to sign up and no limit on participants.

The Creativity Experience takes place in the RiverCenter Lower Concourse. More details will be in the packet you will receive at conference check-in.

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

Artist Trading Cards are miniature works of art created on 2 × 3 ½ inch card stock. They are originals, small editions and, most importantly, self-produced. Anybody can create an Artist Trading card, and they are great for all ages.

We encourage you to made Artist Trading Card before the PSD meeting and bring your creations to trade. We will also have an ATC “make-and-take” table set up complete with art supplies and a “how-to” handout so people can make and trade cards at the event.

Trading cards can be whatever you want them to be, poems, music, mixed media collages, drawings, photo collages, etc. We are encouraging participants to work with our theme, “Roots and Wings,” but they should feel free to create a card that is meaningful to them or represents their own creativity. See our Artist Trading Card page for specific information about how to make them.

Make a Journal

Learn how to make your own journal. Create your own storybook. Document your conference experience. Record your ideas. Imagine possibilities.

Journal-keeping is a time honored tradition throughout the generations and a creative tool that offers a private place to try out ideas, solve problems, collaborate with others or simply give your Left Brain a necessary break from the everyday stresses of life.

We’ll show you basic binding skills as well as ways to get started on your journal-keeping journey. All materials and tools will be provided as well as individual instruction. We’ll have warm-up exercises to get you started and demonstrate techniques you may want to use in your new journal. Suitable for all ages.

The Journal Wall

It’s a well-known fact that Unitarian Universalists usually have something to say. Check out the Journal Wall in the RiverCenter Lower Atrium. (More details and a map will be in the packet you will receive at conference check-in.) Add your two cents – make your mark – doodle, draw, tell everyone that You are Here!

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The following table gives membership certified for 2010 and the corresponding number of delegates each congregation is entitled to have vote at the Prairie Star District Annual Business Meeting.

State/City Congregation Name Members PSD Delegates
IA, Ames UU Fellowship of Ames 315 6
IA, Burlington The UU Fellowship at Burlington 57 3
IA, Cedar Falls UU Society of Black Hawk County 153 4
IA, Cedar Rapids The Peoples Church UU 212 5
IA, Clinton UU Fellowship of Clinton 9 2
IA, Davenport Unitarian Church 185 4
IA, Decorah NE Iowa UU Fellowship 57 3
IA, Des Moines First Unitarian Church of Des Moines 398 7
IA, Dubuque UU Fellowship of Dubuque 41 3
IA, Iowa City UU Society of Iowa City 265 6
IA, Mason City UU Fellowship of N Central Iowa 10 2
IA, Sioux City First Unitarian Church 67 3
KS, Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence 162 4
KS, Manhattan UU Fellowship of Manhattan 110 3
KS, Overland Park Shawnee Mission UU Church 275 6
KS, Salina The UU Fellowship of Salina 44 3
KS, Topeka UU Fellowship of Topeka 184 4
KS, Wichita First UU Church of Wichita 141 4
MN, Arden Hills Pilgrim House UU Fellowship 84 3
MN, Bemidji Headwaters UU Fellowship 65 3
MN, Bloomington Minnesota Valley UU Fellowship 166 4
MN, Brainerd Northwoods UU Fellowship 13 2
MN, Burnsville Dakota UU Church 26 2
MN, Duluth UU Congregation 226 5
MN, Excelsior Lake Fellowship 35 2
MN, Fridley Michael Servetus Unitarian Society 94 3
MN, Grand Rapids Unitarian Fellowship of Grand Rapids 24 2
MN, Hanska Nora Church UU 58 3
MN, Mahtomedi White Bear UU Church 642 11
MN, Mankato UU Fellowship of Mankato 118 4
MN, Minneapolis First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis 450 8
MN, Minneapolis First Universalist Church 803 13
MN, Northfield UU Fellowship of Northfield 52 3
MN, Rochester First UU Church 382 7
MN, St. Cloud St. Cloud UU Fellowship 68 3
MN, St. Paul Unity Church – Unitarian 855 13
MN, Underwood Unitarian Church of Underwood 50 3
MN, Virginia Mesabi UU Church 27 2
MN, Wayzata UU Church of Minnetonka 203 5
MN, Willmar UU Church of Willmar 47 3
MN, Winona UU Fellowship of Winona 44 3
MO, Kansas City All Souls UU Church 513 9
MO, Kansas City Gaia Community 32 2
ND, Bismarck Bismarck–Mandan UU Fellowshp 88 3
ND, Fargo UU Church 51 3
ND, Grand Forks Grand Forks UU Fellowship 22 2
NE, Kearney Kearney UU Fellowship 10 2
NE, Lincoln Unitarian Church 298 6
NE, Omaha First Unitarian Church 237 5
NE, Omaha Second Unitarian Church 130 4
SD, Rapid City Black Hills UU Fellowship 32 2
SD, Sioux Falls All Souls Church – UU 63 3
SD, Vermillion Unitarian Fellowship of Vermillion 7 2
WI, Ashland Northwoods UU Fellowship 31 2
WI, Eau Claire UU Congregation 165 4
WI, La Crosse UU Fellowshp of La Crosse 97 3
WI, Menomonie Unitarian Society of Menomonie 22 2
WI, Rice Lake Blue Hills UU Fellowship 32 2
WI, River Falls UU Society of River Falls 86 3

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Q: When does the conference begin and end?

A: The conference begins Friday, April 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM. There are a number of pre-conference activities earlier on Friday. The Conference concludes Sunday, April 25, at 10:30 AM. See Schedule for the times of all activities including those pre- and post-conference.

Q: What does my registration include?

A: All registrations include a general admission ticket to the Concert for All Ages: “An Evening with John McCutcheon.” There are slight differences by age category as to what other conference activities your registration covers:

An Adult registration or Young Adult registration includes the full conference and its activities. It also includes the following meals: Saturday April 24: breakfast, Awards Luncheon, and evening buffet Sunday April 25: breakfast A Youth registration or Child registration includes the full conference and its activities. It also includes the following meals: Saturday April 24: breakfast, picnic lunch and scavenger hunt at noon, and evening buffet Sunday April 25: breakfast An Infant and Toddler registration includes child care during selected Saturday hours, as well as the following meals with parents or sponsors: Saturday April 24: breakfast, Awards Luncheon, and evening buffet Sunday April 25: breakfast

Q: Do I register for the pre-conference workshops at the same time?

A: You can include these workshops with your Annual Conference registration or register separately.

The morning Roots and Wings for Anti-Racism Workshop The noontime pre-conference workshops luncheon The afternoon Politics of Marriage Equality Workshop

You may attend any or all of these. Registration and separate fees required. For information about these workshops and the lunch including how to register, see Pre-Conference Workshops

Q: How do I reserve a room at the hotel?

A: This is separate from your conference registration, and you will need to make the arrangements yourself. We have arranged group rates at the conference hotel (the Radisson City Plaza) and an alternative hotel (the Holiday Inn Rock Island). See Accommodations for more information.

Q: How do I get to the conference hotel and other conference sites?

A: The Radisson City Plaza, the conference hotel, is located in the heart of downtown Davenport, between River Drive (Highway 67) and 2nd Street at 111 E. 2nd Street. See Driving Directions for instructions to get there by car. See Transportation for public transportation options and car rental information.

Most conference events are within a block or so of the conference hotel. Transportation to the Unitarian Church will be for provided some events during the conference, but not for the Pre-Conference Workshops. Shuttles will be provided between the two hotels during the conference. See Transportation for details.

Q: Is parking available downtown?

A: The City of Davenport runs the River Center parking ramp, located between East 2nd St. and East 3rd St., which serves the Radisson. See Transportation for more information about parking.

Parking at the Holiday Inn Rock Island, the alternative hotel, is free for guests.

Q: What about dinner Friday night?

A: There are several options.

Please consider our pre-conference Mexican dinner, prepared by talented chefs from the host congregation. Reservation and separate fee required. Make reservation when you register for the conference or to add later go to Annual Conference A La Carte. Scheduled for Friday, 4:00–6:00 PM Adults and youth $6.00 per person; children $3.00 per person. We’ll meet at the River Music Experience, a museum and performance center celebrating the music of the Mississippi River Valley – jazz, blues and more – located just a short walk from the Radisson. Join us for great food as well as an emcee’d Open Mic Evening – bring your appetite and your instruments and join other UUs in relaxing and jamming before the conference starts. Alternatively, in your registration packet you will find a coupon for a discount on your Friday evening meal at the Brady Street Chophouse, which is in the Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel. Staff at both hotels (Radisson and Holiday Inn) will have more extensive lists of local dining opportunities.

Q: What do I do if I am a delegate?

A: Make sure your congregation president or minister has notified PSD that you are a delegate. (See Business Meeting for the instructions.) Be knowledgeable about the issues to be voted on (See Business Meeting) and your congregation’s opinions. Be sure to sign in as a delegate (in addition to picking up your conference materials) at the conference registration table before 7:30 AM on Saturday. As a delegate, you’ll get a special sticker for your name badge and a PSD Annual Report. Attend the Business Meeting at 8:00 AM on Saturday. Share the PSD Annual Report and the things you learned at the Conference with your congregation.

Q: Where on the radio dial is Public Radio?

A: You will find Public Radio on the dial at several locations:

Iowa City: WSUI  910 AM – News KSUI  91.7 FM – Classical Cedar Falls: KUNI  90.9 FM Quad Cities: K233AA  94.5 FM  Davenport – News (5 a.m. – 7 p.m.),Alternative (7 p.m. – 5 a.m.) [translator of KUNI] K271AF  102.1 FM  Eldridge – News (5 a.m. – 7 p.m.),Alternative (7 p.m. – 5 a.m.) [translator of KUNI] WVIK  90.3FM  Rock Island (Augustana College) – Classical

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Schedule

The conference begins Friday, April 23, at 7:00 PM, but there are a number of pre-conference activities earlier on Friday. The Conference concludes Sunday, April 25, at 10:30 AM. See Schedule for the times of all activities.

Meals

All registrations include the following meals:

Saturday and Sunday breakfasts and Saturday evening family buffet Saturday noon meal For adults, toddlers and infants: Our Annual Awards Luncheon will include a formal, served meal. This will be the largest meal of the day. Parents with infants and toddlers should take their children with them for this meal. For children and youth: Weather permitting, young people (preschool through grade 12) will enjoy a picnic lunch along the banks of the Mississippi followed by a scavenger hunt. Weather not permitting, we have other off-site locations for the picnic. If you have guests coming for Saturday’s Awards Luncheon, you are welcome to make reservations for them by adding “extra meals” when registering for the full Conference. You can also make reservations for the Awards Luncheon without a conference registration at Annual Conference A La Carte. The cost for the Luncheon is $17.00 per person. This amount includes tax and tip. Vegetarian meals will be available, if selected on the registration form.

Optional Pre-Conference Meal and Entertainment

A festive Mexican dinner will be available on Friday for an additional fee.

Pre-conference dinner will include an emcee’d Open Mic Evening – bring your appetite and your instruments and join with other UUs in relaxing and jamming before the conference starts. Food prepared by talented chefs from the host congregation. Dinner and Open Mic from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Friday, April 23. Location: the River Music Experience, a museum and performance center celebrating the music of the Mississippi River Valley – jazz, blues, and more – located just a short walk from the Radisson. Cost: Adults and youth $6.00 per person; children $3.00 per person. Reservation required. Make reservation when you register for the conference or to add later go to Annual Conference A La Carte.

Table Topics

At breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, you will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with others interested in whatever issue of congregational life most challenges or intrigues you. If there is a topic you want to discuss, please include it in the appropriate spot on your registration form. Then, at conference breakfasts, look for the topic “tents” on the tables to find a group congenial to your interests.

Special Needs

The registration form contains space to indicate any special assistance you may need while at the conference. This would include:

Special food Assistance in going from one facility to another (see Transportation). Assistance in hearing and seeing conference activities, etc. Assistance in climbing steps or a ramp to a low stage (if you anticipate doing so). Any other assistance you might need.

The conference venues all have elevators and are located within two blocks of each other. All are connected by skywalk and are also accessible from street level.

Please be very specific about your needs, so that we can be of the greatest help to you. Please contact Barb Robinson or LaDonna Anderson for more information.

Carpooling

See Carpools to coordinate a carpool to the conference with other attendees from your area. If you are driving with empty seats or need a ride, sign up.

Transportation

See Transportation for driving directions, local transportation options, transportation to off-site conference events, and parking.

Shuttles are available from the airport to the hotels and between the hotels. See Transportation for more details.

Conference Choir

We invite you to join the Conference Choir. Experienced singers of any age, including young people, are welcome! Music Director, Ken Hill, tells us that the rhythm of the music is a little complicated for total beginners, but experienced choir members or musicians will enjoy the challenge of it.

The choir will rehearse at the Radisson on Saturday during Workshop C and again after breakfast on Sunday morning. It will perform during the Sunday morning service at the Figge Art Museum.

On the registration form, please indicate both your interest in singing and the part you normally sing. If you are registered on or before April 8th, we will mail your music to you.

Scholarships

A scholarship fund has been created by the Prairie Star District Board to subsidize attendance at Annual Conferences for those who could not otherwise attend.

Donations

Your voluntary contributions to this fund are much appreciated. Every dollar you contribute, even one dollar, will help another UU attend next year’s conference. You can contribute by adding a gift when you register for the conference or to contribute without registering go to Annual Conference A La Carte.

Applications

Thanks to individual contributions from members of congregations all over the District, we are able to give a limited number of scholarships to help offset the cost of attending the PSD Annual Conference. For information on applying to receive a scholarship see Scholarships.

Bookstore

The Annual Conference will host a UU Bookstore with books recommended by conference presenters and a selection of other books. This is a great place to spend some of your book and media budget for the year. Great books. Great prices. Great support for the district and the local church. For more information, contact Henry and Vivian Becker

Exhibit Tables

Exhibits will be available to view from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, on the Lower Concourse, RiverCenter South.

Information for Exhibitors:

For more information and to apply for a table see Exhibit Tables. Deadline for Exhibit Applications:  April 1, 2010. This deadline has been extended. Cost:  $10 per table without electricity; $45 per table with electricity. For questions about having an exhibit contact Lana Long. Prairie Star District reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to dismiss, prohibit, or evict any exhibit or exhibitor that does not conform to the dignity and general business character of the Prairie Star District Annual Conference or to the stated principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Banner Parade

Remember to bring your church banner!

We will hold our traditional Banner Parade on Friday evening. Please bring your congregation’s banner and pole for the parade! True to our conference theme, we suggest you invite a multigenerational family or group to carry the flag for your congregation. We will display your banner all day Saturday in the RiverCenter’s bright, sunny lower concourse – where we will gather for exhibits, Make-it/Take-its, the conference bookstore, and socializing. You may pick up your banner on Sunday morning before you leave the hotel. To learn more about creating a banner and pole, http://www.uua.org/documents/gaoffice/bannerspecs.pdf.

Photography

By registering for the conference you are agreeing to be photographed. Videos and photos may be used on our web site and in District print publications. If you have serious concerns about your picture being used, please call Barb Robinson at 563-381-3561 prior to the conference. You will need to let us know some way to identify you (perhaps a distinctive jacket or hat) during the conference so that we will know not to use your picture.

Friday Evening Reception

The Unitarian Church, Davenport, invites conference attendees to join them Friday evening April 23, at 8:30 pm, to celebrate the ministry of their new Minister Emeritus, Rev. Alan Egly. This reception will take place in the Radisson Atrium at the conclusion of the Annual Conference Welcoming Celebration in the adjoining ballroom.

As many of you know, Rev. Egly has been not only the minister of the Davenport Church (1979 to 1987) but also a leader and friend to many ministers and lay persons in Prairie Star District. Join them in congratulating Alan. Shake his hand. Reminisce. There will be a cash bar and popular Davenport pianist, UU Margaret Skinner, at the keyboard. This will be a great time to connect with UUs from throughout the Midwest and celebrate Alan’s new status as well, whether you have worked with him in the past or not! The Davenport congregation hopes to see you then.

Questions?

For more information on registration, email LaDonna Anderson, Conference Registrar, or phone George Robinson, Assistant Registrar.

For general information on the conference schedule or activities, contact Barb Robinson.

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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 recommends participants read “Trends in Faith 2020” (PDF) before participating in the Judy Lecture.

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