RA2016 chalice graphicRA2016 wordingAs you may recall, last spring’s Regional Assembly had the theme of “The ‘New’ in the New Era,” building on our MidAmerica tag line of “A New Era in Unitarian Universalism.” We heard from Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt and Rev. Marlin Lavanhar. They told stories and discussed the racism we are attempting to dismantle in all aspects of our culture, especially focused on our UU values and the role our congregations can play in this important work.

Feedback from participants told us that a logical next theme for our 2016 RA in St. Paul, Minnesota (April 29-May 1) would build on the New Era theme, looking at WHO we want to be as faith communities in the coming years. Who will we Unitarian Universalists need to be, to be relevant? How will we get there? Who will be joining us on this journey?

It is with great excitement that we announce our keynote presenters to help us explore these questions.

elizabeth nguyen

Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen

Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at the UUA

Jeremy Nickel

Rev. Jeremy Nickel

Minister of the Mission Peak UU congregation in Fremont, CA

Kenny Wiley

Kenny Wiley

UU World senior editor and Director of Faith Formation at Prairie UU Church in Parker, CO

They will each present highlights of their own work as they look forward to the future of Unitarian Universalism. There will be conversations with each other, and they will take questions from participants.

And, as always at Regional Assembly, we will have worship services to inspire us and workshops to stimulate our thinking, along with plenty of opportunities to have fun with new and old UU friends.

We hope to see you there!

Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen   roots for the Wisconsin Badgers, lives in Boston, and is a Unitarian Universalist minister. She is the Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is affiliated as a community minister with First Parish in Cambridge, UU and graduated from Harvard Divinity School. She was a founding member of the Lucy Stone Cooperative and serves on the board of Unitarian Universalist Community Cooperatives. Singing at the Lucy Stone Co-op and remembering to pray are some of her spiritual practices.

Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel is Minister of Mission Peak UU Congregation in Fremont CA. He went to Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and earned a Master's of Divinity at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley CA. That included a year-long internship with the world's oldest faith-based human rights organization, the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He has a passion for creating worship experiences and added a Master of Arts in Liturgics (the study of the art of worship). During two years with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, he worked on anti-torture, and to stop the genocide in Darfur.

Kenny Wiley, a UU World senior editor, also serves the faith as Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church's (Parker, Colorado) director of faith formation. He lives in Denver, Colorado, and is an active member of Black Lives Matter 5280. His writing has been featured in the Boston Globe and the Houston Chronicle. A native Texan, Kenny is a graduate of the University of Missouri, and loves college football, women's college basketball, and regularly plays competitive ultimate frisbee.

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