Fall Conference

Fall conFERENCE:

Faith Made Real: Living the 8th Principle

About the Fall Conference 2022:

October 12-16 2022


Early Bird Registration expires Monday Aug 1st:

In-Person Program: $400 before Aug 1st,  $450 after Aug 1st

Online Program: $125 before Aug 1st, $150 after Aug 1st

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This conference will be a deep dive into the work of the 8th Principle, grounded in Civil Rights History and will include a visit to the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration

The conference content will support Religious Educators in their individual and congregational anti-racism and anti-oppression work. We'll engage with strategies to dismantle white supremacy within our Unitarian Universalist spaces, and where our power lies to create a Unitarian Universalism where faith can be made real.

Religious Educators who are Black, Indigenous, and other members of the Global Majority will be affirmed into a LREDA community of support, encouragement, and learning. 

White Religious Educators can expect to be challenged and stretched in their places of power and privilege.

Intentional space will be made for people of all identities to process the feelings that will arise during this conference. 

The LREDA Board is committed to offering a conference that centers liberation, love and community care rooted in our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Courtney McKenny - LREDA Board Member at Large - Continental Events

Katharine Childs - Fall Con Planning Chair

Eleanor Van Deusen - LREDA Conference Planning team

Registrations from the postponed Fall Conference in the Spring will be carried forward to this new conference. if you can no longer make these new dates, contact Juliet for a refund.

Hotel Bookings have NOT been carried forward. All registrations for the previous event have been canceled and you should not have been charged. You will need to rebook your hotel. If you have a question about your hotel booking please contact Tiara (tiararuff2@gmail.com), one of our conference planners.

Fall Conference Scholarships

Fall Conference Scholarships are available. Apply today, priority given to those with marginalized identities.

apply for a fall con scholarship

About the Legacy Museum

This year the conference includes a visit to the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, AL on Thursday 13th October.

The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration is situated on a site in Montgomery where Black people were forced to labor in bondage. Blocks from one of the most prominent slave auction spaces in America, the Legacy Museum is steps away from the rail station where tens of thousands of Black people were trafficked during the 19th century.

Renaissance Module at Fall Conference

Spiritual Care Training for Religious Educators

LREDA will be hosting the Renaissance Module, Spiritual Care for Religious Educators, immediately after the Fall Conference led by  Sunshine Wolf and Annie Scott.

Registration will be a sliding scale from $275-$350 and is part of the main registration process above. We are not offering an online option for this Ren Mod.

Scholarships of 50% are available, apply below.

The class will be based on the Spiritual Care webinar developed by the Congregational Life Staff of the UUA through the UU Leadership Institute. 

There will be approximately 8 hours of pre-work prior to class. With completion of a project, the course qualifies for religious education credentialing. For credit, participants must attend all meeting times.

The course will take place immediately after the conference on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. Attendees should be able to travel home on Monday evening.

Many parents, teens, and children turn first to their Religious Educator for pastoral care; being prepared to receive those conversations is the focus of this course. Topics covered include: active listening skills, emotional awareness, understanding multiculturalism and anti-oppression, professional ethics, death and grief, mental health, addiction, care for all ages and stages, and resources for additional support.

Additional Fall Conference Programming

BIPOC Half-Day (Wednesday Oct 12th 1:30-5:00)

A half-day pre-conference gathering especially for Religious Educators of Color on the first afternoon of the conference. There is no additional charge to attend this program.

First Time Attendee Meet & Greet (Wednesday Oct 12th  5:00-6:00)

Join other folks attending their first LREDA conference to meet new people and make new friends on the first evening of the conference! There is no additional charge to attend this program. 

LREDA Large & Small Programming  (Wednesday Oct 12th 9:00 - 12:00)

A half day program, held the day before the conference begins, for those serving either large or small congregations. This includes a program on a topic of special interest, opportunities for engagement with religious educators of other similar congregations and lunch. There is a sliding scale additional fee for these programs. 

For LREDA Large the fee is a sliding scale between $100-$200, For LREDA Small the fee is a sliding scale between $25-$100


We are offering rooms at the Sheraton for $169. We encourage conference attendees, where possible, to stay in this hotel as LREDA receives discounts on our conference space dependent on the number of rooms booked. 

The Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham, AL

About the lreda fall conference

Our Fall Conference generally occurs in the fall with over three days of special programming, including a keynote speaker, worship, a variety of workshops, and special interest meetings, Good Officer training, and the latest resources- all with the goal of educating, networking, and connecting religious educators from across the continent.  Your ideas for future themes and names of speakers can be emailed to Eleanor at  continentalevents@lreda.org ,  and they will be considered by the Board and the Fall Con Planning Team.  Click on any of the hashtags below to view resources & videos from past Fall Cons.

Widening the Circle


Theologies of Suffering & Wholeness


Changing the Narrative