Workshops, Session C

Saturday afternoon at 3:30 PM

Workshops C–1 to C–7, and C–9 will be held at the RiverCenter. Workshop C–8 will be held at the Unitarian Church in Davenport. Carpools and/or shuttle service will be organized. Conference Choir Rehearsal will be at the Radisson

C–1:  Truth, Justice, and the Unitarian Way: Comic Book Superheroes and Multigenerational Worship

Principal Presenter:  Steve Klien, Unitarian Church, Davenport (IA)
Co-Presenter:  Allen Bertsche, Unitarian Church, Davenport (IA)

In this workshop, we will share our experience in and resources for preparing a multigenerational worship service that examines myth, heroism and the lessons we learn about ourselves and our values through the concept of heroes. But, rather than discuss the values of Emerson or the virtues of other famous Unitarians, this worship workshop will explore the powerful symbolism found in the adventures of our imagined white and dark knights of justice, those spandex-clad icons of virtue, the superhero. What might we, as Unitarian Universalists, learn from the mythos of these fictional heroes, the community values they exemplify, and the pitfalls we, as a culture, might encounter by relying too much on those to whom we entrust our faith? So, if you are a fan of the Man of Steel, the Caped Crusader, or just a friendly, neighborhood Unitarian, join us as we explore the tri-color mythic world of comic book heroesSuggested Reading:  Oropeza, B.J., Ed. The Gospel According to Superheroes: Religion and Popular Culture.

C–2:  Perspectives on Race from Six Months to 106 Years

Principal Presenter:  Sharon Blevins, All Souls UU Church, Kansas City, MO
Co-Presenter:  Cheryll Wallace, First Unitarian Church, Omaha, NE

In this interactive workshop we will look at research on how very young children perceive skin color, how youth and adults of all ages absorb the cultural messages around us, and how we can be advocates for racial equity in our families, our congregations and our communities. Facilitators: Cheryll Wallace, Chair of the PSD Growing Racial and Cultural Equity (GRACE) Team and Sharon Blevins, member of the UU Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) Executive Team

C–3:  Breaking Through in Des Moines

Principal Presenter:  Ellen Taylor, First Unitarian Church, Des Moines, IACo-Presenter:  Sally Boeckholt, First Unitarian Church, Des Moines, IA

In 2000, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines made an intentional decision to grow out of a 30-year/250-member plateau. Eight years later, membership had grown to over 400, and the congregation was recognized by the UUA as a “Breakthrough Congregation” at General Assembly June 2009. Join representatives of the congregation to learn what happened – and how their story intersects with the story of YOUR congregation.

C–4:  Humanist Camelot in Western Wisconsin

Principal Presenter:  Victor Urbanowicz, White Bear UU Church, Mahtomedi, MN; and the PSD Heritage and Archives Committee
Co-Presenter:  Tim Hirsch, UU Congregation, Eau Claire, WI

The PSD Heritage and Archives Committee will present a dramatized history featuring Unitarians who lived in Menomonie, WI, in the second half of the 19th Century. Playwright Victor Urbanowicz has created scenes featuring Unitarians Bertha and Andrew Tainter, and their Minister, Henry Doty Maxson. The lives and work of these three persons were imbued with the humanistic spirit of the Western Conference and had lasting effects on the economy and culture of the region. Rev Maxson was a leader in the Western Conference of Unitarians. The program will include human voices and other multi-sensory images.Suggested Reading:  Freedom Moves West: A History of the Western Unitarian Conference, 1852–1952 by Charles H. Lyttle, 2006

C–5:  Setting Goals and Priorities for PSD

Principal Presenter:  Kathy Bowman, PSD PresidentCo-Presenter:  Kathy Burek, PSD Vice President

Do you have ideas for how the District can better serve our liberal faith within our congregations and in the communities around us? The Prairie Star District Board invites you to help us set goals and priorities for PSD. The Board will present its ideas, and invite your feedback. We will also talk about the latest in the Board’s governance work and how PSD will be working with other districts and the UUA to advance Unitarian Universalism. The topic and structure are geared to older youth and adults, and the Board would especially welcome input from our youth. Younger children would not likely find the topic of interest.

C–6:  Creating Dynamic Lay Led Worship

Principal Presenter:  Cindy Sadlek, Unitarian Church, Davenport (IA)Co-Presenter:  Ellen Kelley, MBA, Unitarian Church, Davenport (IA)

This workshop is for congregations ready for dynamic worship services led by a truly collaborative team of lay leaders. You will learn the process our congregation used to move from providing informational programs to providing diverse, high quality, complete worship services on the Sundays our minister is not in the pulpit. Learn the key ingredients to the success of our Religious Services Committee (RSC) in providing worship year round and attracting the same number of attendees as the minister’s Sundays in only a few short years.

C–7:  Children and Spirituality

Principal Presenter:  Lori Allen, PSD Lifespan Faith Development Program Coordinator

Teaching and growing our children in spiritual ways can seem a daunting task. Lori Allen, long time children’s religious educator, shares insight on the spirituality of children and appropriate and meaningful ways for adults to nurture the spirit of the child they are teaching while growing their own spirituality. Lori draws on the wisdom and teachings of Rabbi Sandy Sasso (SOF – Spirituality and Parenting) and Parker Palmer (A Hidden Wholeness).Suggested Reading:  A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer And God Remembered, In God’s Name, In God’s Hands, Butterflies Under Our Hats, Noah’s Wife, Cain and Abel, God’s Paintbrush, Adam and Eve’s New Day — all by Rabbi Sandy Sasso.

C–8:  Live from the Kitchen: Locavoring by Cooking, Canning, and Eating from Your Neighborhood

Principal Presenter:  Mark Runquist, UU Fellowship, Ames, IA; and Linda Barnes, UU Fellowship, Ames, IA

At home, we all tend to gravitate towards the kitchen for food and fellowship. Why not extend that to the conference? Join us as we take over a kitchen to prepare food for immediate and future consumption. Along the way we’ll share joys and struggles of using local ingredients. Families and children are especially welcome, but certainly not required!Suggested Reading:  Real Food for Healthy Kids: 200+ Easy, Wholesome Recipes (Hardcover) by Tanya Steel

C–9:  The Discipline of Peace: A Seed Planting

Principal Presenter:  Diana Allen, UU Church of Minnetonka, Wayzata, MNCo-Presenter:  Ted Harrison

Peace is more than the absence of war. Living peace in the self is the first step to creating peace as a reality in our world. This workshop will present a universal approach to the discipline of peace, including an overview of the 8 sequential steps of peace grown from ancient earth wisdom (North American native perspective). These teachings were developed by RainbowHawk and WindEagle, Keepers of the Teachings of the Delicate Lodge and founders of The World Foundation for a Discipline of Peace. These teachings were launched in New Mexico in August 2009 to a gathering of all ages from nine different countries. As Oglala Elder Black Elk tells us, the most important peace is the first peace, which is in the soul of the human.

Choir Rehearsal

The conference choir will rehearse during Workshop C and after breakfast on Sunday morning, then perform during the Sunday morning service. See Conference Choir.

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