nel chapter past meetings & events

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.

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

Wed September 22nd 2021 10:00-11:00 - Chapter Ingathering

Please join us Wednesday, September 22 from 10-11am on zoom for a chapter Ingathering.
This new year holds even more potential for change and growth than ever. How will we teach, learn, and hold each other's hearts in a changed world? How will we show and encourage grace, flexibility, and hope, even as we honor the grief and trauma we have been through?
Join us in collegial community for a worshipful ritual led by the New England LREDA Chapter board.


Summer 2021 Sessions for Religious Educators - Lunchtime workshops co-hosted with NE UUA Staff:

Wednesday August 4th 2021: "Safety policies and Practices: Adapting to Covid-19"

Wednesday August 11th 2021: Sadie Kahn-Greene shares the gifts of the Workshop Model; participants will be able to strategize a way to share workshop curricula more widely. 

Wednesday August 18th: Multi-Platform Faith Formation: managing expectations and planning for both face to face and remote access ministry.


Transitional Religious Leadership: Theory and Practice begins July 29, 2021 


Shaping Change Collective book group - The collective is a continental group of religious educators meeting on zoom. Our conversations about shaping change for congregations and the wider UU community are based on the work of adrienne maree brown and her Emergent Strategy series.


April, 2021:  Put Your Oxygen Mask On First: From Caring for Yourself to Caring for Others. 

Guest Speaker: Perry Dougherty. Develop the self-awareness, mindfulness, courage, and resilience needed to lead change in your congregation. Nourish yourself, experience self care, and apply it to your work with families experiencing the griefs and traumas of COVID-19.


Spring, 2021: Widening the Circle of Concern Discussion Group

A discussion series of Widening the Circle of Concern, the report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change. Join religious educators throughout the region to share perspectives and dig into the recommendations for addressing white supremacy culture and structural racism in your setting and our denomination.


December, 2020: Community of Communities.  Guest Speaker:  Paula Cole Jones

Jones shared a new way of looking at how we frame church life. “We, Unitarian Universalists, are A Community of Communities living in covenant with each other, fulfilling our mission in the world, and working to build the Beloved Community. Communities are essential to our well-being and when we focus on the well-being of Communities, we shift the dynamic in our churches and Association to make room for pluralism and diversity. What would happen if we fully actualized this vision?”   This event included workshops on Sending UUism Home: Logistics and Faith Formation with Box Ministries Sexuality Education Online: Taking Flight Personal Spiritual Grounding: Where is the Holy in Your Life.  


October 10, 2019: Preemptive Radical Inclusion.  Guest Speaker:  CB Beal.  

When we practice Preemptive Radical Inclusion in our congregations, we commit ourselves to doing up-front work to make sure we know that everyone is in the room.  We don’t wait until we know we have Transgender people, or People of Color, or people who have disabilities, to change our environments.  We change them assuming that some of these folks are already among us.