nel chapter past meetings & events

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.