Roots and Wings for Anti-Racism   (morning)

Politics of Marriage Equality   (afternoon)

Two pre-conference workshops are being offered on Friday, April 23, 2010, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, both at the Unitarian Church in Davenport. The workshops are independent: you can register for either or both. There is also an optional lunch available for participants of either workshop.


Unitarian Church, 3707 Eastern Ave, Davenport, Iowa
Fully accessible building; enter through upper level door
Directions: 563.359.0816 or

Directions are also posted on the Conference Frequently Asked Questions.
Lodging: conference rates are available for Thursday at the Annual Conference hotels;
See Accommodations.


8:30 am Registration
9:00 am – noon Prairie Star District GRACE Team (Growing Racial and Cultural Equity) Workshop –Dr. Mark A. Hicks:  Roots and Wings for Anti-Racism
Noon Newcomer afternoon registration
12:15–1:00 pm Lunch
1:30–3:30 pm Prairie Star District Social Justice Network Workshop –Ryan Crane and Andrea Jansa:  Varnum v. Brien and the Politics of Marriage Equality
3:30–4:30 pm Optional phone banking extension of Marriage Equality workshop

Fees and Registration Morning workshop: $5 Lunch (potato bar with salad): $3 Afternoon workshop: $5

You do not have to register for the full conference to register for the workshops.

To register for these workshops and the full Annual Conference go Registration. If you have already registered for the Conference and want to add these workshops or if you want to attend only these workshops, you can register at Annual Conference A La Carte Morning GRACE Workshop

Roots and Wings for Anti-Racism — Unitarian Universalists have a proud legacy of doing justice in the world. Yet the challenges of our time – and within our congregations – demand not only consciousness of oppressive systems, but development of transformative habits of mind and heart that interrupt oppression. Building the World We Dream About is the UUA’s recently piloted curriculum designed to create a supportive, spiritual environment that allows congregations to build a healthy multi-racial, multicultural community. The curriculum’s developer, Dr. Mark A. Hicks, will lead participants in a workshop that simultaneously introduces the curriculum and deepens commitments for Building our Beloved Community.

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. He is also a lay leader at All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C. .

Afternoon Marriage Equality Workshop

Varnum v Brien and the Politics of Marriage Equality — A year after the Iowa Supreme Court issued their unanimous decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state of Iowa, UUs will gather in Davenport at an urgent time. Opponents will be pushing hard to amend the state’s constitution in order to reverse this landmark ruling. Learn from One Iowa (Iowa’s largest LGBT advocacy group: ) successful strategies for defending the freedom to marry and actions you can take in your state. One Iowa organizer Ryan Crane graduated from the University of Northern Iowa where he was a Campus Coordinator with the Public Interest Research Group, Students Against a Violent Environment. One Iowa regional organizer Andrea Jansa received a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication studies from the University of Iowa and was a clerk in the Iowa Senate.

As a practical application of the tools/skills learned in the workshop participants can help One Iowa make phone calls inviting people to an event in the Quad Cities area. The phone calls would be made on participant cell phones from the church. One Iowa will supply the script, training, and call list. The script is 501(c)(3) compliant and participation is completely voluntary.

Volunteers would make phone calls for up to an hour starting around 3:30. They can leave at any time to get downtown for the meal, check into their hotel, register for the conference, and get ready for the conference opening.

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