Workshops B - Saturday, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

B1: The One Hour Choir

Julie Enersen, Music Director, Unitarian Church, Lincoln, NEPSD liaison to UU Musicians Network

The One Hour Choir is an alternative singing experience which has generated a lot of enthusiasm in some of our congregations. Each appearance of the Choir is one-time self-contained show-up that morning open to all experience. Singers come on Sunday morning an hour before church, rehearse one or two songs, and then sing in the service. It is that simple! The One Hour Choir is for folks whose schedules are not compatible with a weekly rehearsal routine. It’s for families who would enjoy singing together. It’s for people who enjoy singing, but only if the music is simple and the atmosphere is casual. Could it be for you or your congregation?

B2: Understanding Global Warming Issues

Fritz Franzen and Sam Wormley, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ames, IA

Thomas Jefferson placed education as the foundation of a democracy. Unfortunately sometimes our government gets in the way of educating the public. Issues about global warming are excellent examples. Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Fritz Franzen and Adjunct Professor of Astronomy Sam Wormley will provide you with background about the cause and effect of global warming and provide you with tools to help you sort through scientific facts and political propaganda. UU principles four, six, and seven in particular apply.

B3: Accessible Faith: Building Disability Awareness in PSD

Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Warrensburg, MO and Caron Wells, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Kansas City, MO

This session has one mission: to develop full accessibility for UUs with disabilities within each congregation and within Prairie Star District as a whole. The workshop will explore the issues of disability awareness and accessibility among congregations within PSD by introducing those with disabilities to the larger PSD community, creating a forum for PSD members to discuss accessibility issues, and providing attendees with the materials they need to encourage a greater awareness of disability and accessibility in their home congregations. Among the specific topics to be discussed are ADA compliance, universal design, and both District and UUA resources available.

B4: Resource Sharing Among Congregations

Dawn Cooley, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Northfield, MNPSD Stonetree Program Area Coordinator

Did you know that the PSD is a leader in finding ways to connect congregations to one another? Stonetree Congregational Resources is a prime example. Find out how Stonetree can help YOUR congregation, and, in turn, how you can help Stonetree fulfill its mission.

B5: Charting Self: A Way to Think About My Belief

Bob Williamson, Unitarian Universalist Church, Hinsdale, IL

The Beliefs Chart offers a way to step back and look at the beliefs we’ve adopted or given up over the years in the context of changes in our relationships. This workshop will introduce participants to the design and use of Beliefs Chart as a tool for self-reflection, and will provide them an opportunity to begin a Beliefs Chart of their own.

B6: Introduction to Healthy Congregations

Cheri Cody, Second Unitarian Church, Omaha, NE and Nancy Heege, PSD District Executive

Based on the work of Rev. Peter Steinke, this workshop will be an introduction to systems thinking. A preview of the Healthy Congregations workshop offered at various locations in Prairie Star District.

B7: The Legacy of Peter Sarpy

Darrel Draper, Second Unitarian Church, Omaha, NE

This humorous, factual, audience-interactive, costumed portrayal of Nebraska pioneer fur trader Peter Sarpy describes the transformation of the local area of Omaha and Bellevue into Nebraska Territory and eventually the state of Nebraska. Born a Roman Catholic in Louisiana Territory, Peter Sarpy applied Unitarian principles in dealing with the Native Americans and Mormons. The Chautauqua-style program has earned the Governor’s award for contributions to the legacy of Nebraska and is the most popular program of the Nebraska Humanities Council.

B8: Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive, Multicultural Unitarian Universalism for All - Part Two

Groundwork, Unitarian Universalist Association, Boston, MA

Note: This is an opportunity to continue or begin the workshop. This thematic workshop also meets for the A8 and C8 time slots. Explore the topic in depth or to attend any one of the sessions.

Learn how to educate yourself and others about race and racism so that you can better organize for racial justice in our communities and the world. Groundwork trainers will help us create anti-racist transformation personally, institutionally, and culturally. Groundwork is a UUA sponsored organization of trainers that helps UUs learn how to be more spiritually alive and justice-centered. This workshop is one of three being offered by Groundwork trainers and is sponsored by the PSD Board of Directors. This workshop is planned for multigenerational participants. Youth, young adults, and adults are all welcome.

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