AnnualConference2008: Workshops A - Saturday, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

A1: Radical Hospitality

Maryann Caudill-LoGuidice, Clinton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Clinton, IAPSD Growth Program Coordinator

The workshop is based on the book Radical Hospitality by Father Daniel Holman. Several questions will be addressed with emphasis on “Why do we want our congregations to grow?” The categories of discussion include Spiritual Practices, Obstacles to Growth, You Can Only Make a First Impression Once, and Everyone is a Greeter.

A2: Who are the 'Righteous among the Nations?'

Charlie Clements, President and CEO of UUSCPublic health physician and human rights activist

In 2006 Martha and Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian Minister and his wife, became only the second and third Americans among more than 21,000 people worldwide honored by Israel as “Righteous,” a title reserved for Gentiles who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Charlie will show a 24 minute documentary “Heroes of the Spirit,” about the Sharps and discuss how their actions relate to our obligations to stop the genocide in Darfur today.

Note:  The workshop previously scheduled for A-2, “George Washington and the American Constitution: Did Democracy Lose?” by Clair Keller, has been cancelled.

A3: Affirming Social Justice in Prairie Star Congregations

Vicki Pratt, Second Unitarian Church, Omaha, NEPSD Social Justice Area Program Coordinator

The role of social justice in PSD congregations is evolving from committee work to using democratic processes to effect systemic change. Members of the PSD Social Justice Network describe state-wide UU alliances, local interfaith partnerships, congregation-based community organizing, and national efforts (e.g. UUSC, UUJEC) currently underway in PSD congregations.

A4: Welcoming Children and Youth in Our Congregations: Creating and Practicing Multi-generational Community

Rev. Phillip Lund, PSD Lifespan Program Director

Our faith tradition’s future is tied not only to the religious education of our children and youth but more essentially by our congregations' practice of intentional multigenerational community. How are children and youth viewed within our community? Are they noisy distractions in worship? Are they the unheard, unseen “underprivileged” class of people who reside in the church basement? Are our religious education teachers also an “underprivileged” class of people who have to choose between teaching and worship? Join us in an exploration of visioning and practicing intentional multigenerational community.

A5: Growing Congregations in Small Cities

Rev. Roger Mohr, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Burlington, IA

Growing UU congregations in areas of less than 50,000 persons is a special challenge. But a UU congregation can also be a tremendous force for good. Indeed, the more focused we are on making a difference in our communities, the more we prosper as a congregation. The key is to prepare the congregation first.

A6: Great Books for UUs: A Sharing Session

Tom Lo Guidice

Some books simply inform our faith to the extent that we often quote or refer to the text when we discuss our religion. This will be a round-circle sharing session.

Note:  The workshop previously scheduled for A-6, “Acting on Our Faith in Ghana: Promoting Democracy and Reducing Poverty” by Charles Fantz, has been cancelled.

A7: When Youth Lead: Intergenerational Social Justice Ministry

Jill Schwendeman, Director of Youth Programs, White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Mahtomedi, MN

Based on Jill Schwendeman’s book, this workshop will offer guidance, suggestions, and advice for constructing and maintaining a healthy and spiritually vital youth ministry. We’ll explore how teens are an enormous generative force for our faith communities and how adults have much to learn from youth about passion, friendship, discrimination, equality, faith, and more. Social justice work is an effective tool for bringing the generations together, and the items included in this workshop have the potential to build rich partnerships among children, youth, adults, and elders.

A8: Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive, Multicultural Unitarian Universalism for All - Part One

Groundwork, Unitarian Universalist Association, Boston, MA

Note: This thematic workshop also meets for the B8 and C8 time slots. This is an opportunity to 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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