nel chapter Upcoming Events

Soul Collage: Discover Your Wisdom, Change Your World
Friday, January 28 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Join your New England LREDA Religious Educators in a ZOOM workshop with Suzanne O'Neil
Enjoy hours of relaxation, self-reflection and contemplative exploration of your inner and outer experience with a guided SoulCollage workshop. No experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment and play. Basic collage materials are provided.

SoulCollage® is a simple, enjoyable, intuitive collage process for self-discovery and community. Discover your unique inner/outer guides and challengers, and access your own wisdom to answer your life questions. Learn to make your own set of collaged cards for your personal use from found images. Come explore, play and relax with like-hearted souls.

This virtual workshop, hosted by SoulCollage Facilitator Suzanne O'Neil, is on Friday, January 28 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. You will be offered an overview of SoulCollage, instructions to make cards, guided meditation, dreamy music, and basic supplies mailed to you (register by January 14).

For more information about SoulCollage, visit

All materials will be supplied. if registered by 1/14/2022Free for New England LREDA members. Non-members $25
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OWL Facilitator Training for K/1 and 4-6

Join us for Our Whole Lives Facilitator’s training program in January 2022! This event will equip facilitators to lead Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for K-1st graders and 4-6th graders. Training dates are January 21-23; the event will be held at the First Parish in Bedford, MA. This training is being sponsored by New England LREDA and organized by a subset of the MetroWest (Boston) DRE cluster to support OWL in UU and UCC congregations beginning in 2022. We are delighted to announce that our trainers for this event are Sandra Greenfield and Jane Detweiler.

The cost (including Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch, continental breakfast items on Saturday and Sunday, and all snacks) is $325. Hotel is not included; if you are interested in housing please see information on the registration form. Don’t delay! Space is limited.

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Note that all trainees must have the applicable curricula and copies of “Sexuality and Our Faith” for the training – order now (see the registration form for information).

8th Principle Escape Room

Save the date: Thursday, March 3 at 7 PM.
The Escape Room lasts between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours. Invite your youth advisors.
Please join us to enjoy - and learn to host - an escape room experience designed by Jenn Blosser. Youth Advisors are especially encouraged to join. This will be a zoom experience with Mandy Neff. Look for registration in the new year!

Project Octave: An Escape Zoom is a virtual escape room experience designed for youth, which uses Google Suite and several free, online services to enable game play.

The purpose of this game is to open discussion about the need for the 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

Participants are cast as members of an ad hoc committee tasked with figuring out who hacked the congregation’s email system to send a cryptic message. During about an hour of gameplay, they will solve puzzles , access documents, scrutinize slideshows, and even make a phone call to reveal the truth of Project Octave. This is a collaborative, shared experience through which players will foster fellowship and participate in a reflective follow-up discussion.

nel local cluster meetings

The Worcester MA area cluster meets on the third Thursday of the month from 12:30-2:30 at First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester, MA. Contact Robin or Juliet for more information

The MetroWest Boston DRE cluster meets monthly (currently on zoom) to check in, share support, and discuss timely topics of interest. We draw our geographic lines VERY loosely and welcome those who seek community and connection as we carry forward our ministries. The group generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month beginning at 9:30 AM for 90 minutes. For specific information about meetings and zoom login info, contact Deb Weiner

For the Connecticut cluster contact Rayla Mattson or Gina Campellone

For the MidMaine cluster contact Carney McRae

For the Vermont cluster contact Liza Earle-Centers

Contact Joan if you don't see your cluster listed