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AnnualConference2007 / Workshops A

A1: Faith Without Certainty: UU Theology

Kathryn Bowman
Unitarian Church, Davenport, IA

Come explore the contents of Paul Rasor’s new book in UU theology, Faith Without Certainty. After a discussion based on the book’s introduction, participants will receive a leader’s guide to facilitating a book discussion in an adult religious education class and suggestions for use of this guide in their own congregations.

A2: Drumming the Soul Awake

Jaime Meyer and Chris Bremer
First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, MN

Through 15% lecture and 85% experiential learning, we will offer powerful insight into the ancient traditions of drumming as a spiritual practice, a way of earth-centered worship, and healing using the community as a container. Drawing from Celtic and northern European shamanic traditions, discover how to introduce drumming into your congregation at various levels, from simple to complex. The co-presenters have led monthly drumming groups at their congregation for five years. Drums and rattles are provided.

A3: Welcoming Congregations, Praise and Challenges

Forrest Swall and Rev. Michael Nelson
Unitarian Universalist Fellowships of Lawrence and Manhattan, KS

Come assess the Welcoming Congregation movement in our District, honor congregations that have achieved official Welcoming Congregation status, offer tips for success to those in the process, and discuss ways to keep the program vital and refreshed as we move forward.

A4: Making the District Web Site Work for You

Ben Stallings
Prairie Star District Web Coordinator

The PSD Web site has become much more dynamic and interactive, but until now only District staff and a few volunteers have been in the driver’s seat. Come learn how in just minutes you can update your congregation’s listing in the PSD Directory or post the latest news from your PSD committee.

A5: Nurturing Social Justice in PSD Congregations

Tom Lo Guidice, Vicki Pratt, Caron Wells, Bob Ciernia, Betsy Allis, and Jo Haberman
PSD Social Justice Network

Social justice has moved from “heroes and sheroes” to a systematic approach to change. We will report on alliances, clusters, CBCOs, steering committees, and national efforts that organize our PSD congregations for social action.

A6: Valuing Our Church Staff and Ministers

Louise Livesay
Unity Church–Unitarian, St. Paul, MN

Is your church considering hiring a new employee or minister? Are you looking for a position in a congregation? Wondering how the church can retain good employees? Come speak with the PSD Compensation Consultant about issues relating to compensation and benefits for your church staff and minister. Discuss how we can put our UU values into action as an employer. Learn what benefits are available through the UUA for your church staff.

A7: Paths Toward Racial and Cultural Inclusiveness

Sharon Blevins, Connie Brown, Art Collins, Jim Eller, Bob Miller, and Linda Vogel
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Kansas City, MO

We all want diversity, but how can we invite and involve people different from ourselves? What makes the difference between real inclusiveness and window-dressing? Come participate in a sampling of the efforts to walk the talk at All Souls and learn about a range of programming and activities designed to lead the congregation toward becoming a mosaic of many colors.

A8: Try A Little Tenderness, Part 2

Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman
First Unitarian Church, Dallas, TX

Continue the conversation from our keynote address on how we can create resilient, vital, and flexible congregations to meet the needs and challenges of today.

A9: The Family Chalice Project

Dr. Bill Doherty
First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, MN

Learn about two innovative ways to go deeper into our faith tradition: Spiritual Pressure Point groups for parents and other adults, and a family meal ritual that tells the creation stories of Unitarian Universalism and pulls us into the questions these stories pose today.

A10: What’s the Buzz on Youth Ministry? Part 1

Tom Rylett and Tandi Rogers Koerger
UUA Task Force on Youth Ministry

Join PSD youth and adults to discuss what Prairie Star is doing well and could share with the rest of the UUA, explore additional opportunities for youth, envision a vibrant PSD youth ministry, identify resources needed, and commit to action and follow-through. Plan to attend all three workshops on this topic to take full advantage of this chance to shape our future youth ministry.

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AnnualConference2007 / Twin Cities Info

First Unitarian Society of MinneapolisSunday services will be held at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, which has a rich history in our movement. Welcome to the Twin Cities!

The First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis welcomes you to our community! We hope you will plan to extend your stay by a day or two, to see some of the new and exciting things to do in our beautiful area.

While you’re in the Twin Cities, you can enjoy:

An Easy Walk to:
The Hennepin Avenue Theater District, featuring Broadway and other productions in the historic Orpheum and State theaters
Orchestra Hall, where the Minnesota Orchestra performs under the award-winning baton of Osmo Vänskä
The Block E entertainment complex, with movie theaters, shopping and dining
Shopping and dining on Nicollet Mall
The Hiawatha Line light-rail, with service to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, beautiful Minnehaha Falls Park, historic Fort Snelling, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, and the Mall of America

A Longer Walk to:
The new Guthrie Theater on the river, home to Minnesota’s most famous repertory theater company
The historic Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Falls, and Mill City Museum, symbols of Minneapolis’s mill town history
The newly renovated Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, just next door to First Unitarian Society

A Short Drive to:
Downtown St. Paul, home to the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Minnesota History Center, the Ordway Center for Performing Arts (home of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra) and Minnesota’s beautiful State Capitol Building
The Minneapolis Lakes District with the beautiful chain of lakes and parks that makes Minneapolis unique
The Uptown district in Minneapolis, home to coffee shops, independent theater, antiques, and some of Minnesota’s best ethnic dining
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, with more than 1,000 acres of public gardens
The Minnesota Zoo, home to over 400 different animal species, with miles of indoor and outdoor trails, an aquarium, and monorail
So many Parks and Lakes, with opportunities for hiking, biking and more, that it would be impossible to list them all!

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AnnualConference2007 / Social Justice Training

Limited to UUs in Prairie Star District

Social Justice Training for UUs!

Friday, April 13th, 2007

1:00 – 5:00 pm (before Prairie Star District Annual Conference starts Friday evening)

First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
900 Mount Curve (up the hill from the Walker Art Center)

$35 per person

Strengthening UU Justice-making: Linking community service & social change, and deepening UU leadership

Trainer: Rev. Valerie Ackerman

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Whether members of your congregation are active in service work in the larger community, or doing social change organizing and policy work – or both! – this training is for you. Join UUs from across Prairie Star District in learning about connections between community service and social change work; deepen your understanding of the role of reflection in finding our UU moral voice; and look at ways UU leadership can be strengthened for more effective social justice partnerships and outcomes.

Trainer: as a UU community minister, Rev. Valerie Mapstone Ackerman provides spiritual support to domestic violence victims, directs Peace House–Tulsa, organizes the Oklahoma Rural Freethinkers, serves as president of Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and consults with congregations and social change groups. She has been a parish minister, social worker, adjunct professor, politician, therapist, counselor, and life-long dissident and heretic.

This training is co-sponsored by Prairie Star District Social Justice Network, Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance, and First Unitarian Society Social Action Committee.

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The PSD Annual Conference is a weekend of workshops, worship, and fellowship in April of each year, and its location varies. At the Annual Meeting that takes place during the Annual Conference officers and directors are elected, the budget is approved, resolutions considered, awards granted, and reports presented.

2007 logoConference Logo design by Kevin Robertson

PSD 2007 Annual Conference:

“Nurturing Our Faith Communities”

April 13-15, 2007

City Center Marriott
Downtown Minneapolis, MN

Co-hosted by First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis and the Annual Conference Program Planning Committee

Registration and Conference Details

Registration and Information from the Conference Brochure is posted as web pages and as a PDF file. The PDF file also contains registration forms. Here’s the conference schedule, lists of workshops, hotel information, and all the information you need to register, either electronically or by mail.

This announcement is going out this year electronically only. You will not receive it in the mail. Please notify anyone else who might want to know! Feel free to print and copy this flyer for your congregation’s website, newsletter or bulletin board.

Congregations must name their delegates online this year. A password has been sent to each congregation by mail.


LaurelHallman2Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Laurel E. Hallman, Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas and author of Living by Heart: A Guide to Devotional Practice. She has been instrumental in establishing the UUA’s first ‘fast start’ congregation in Keller, Texas.


Judy Lecturer: Dr. William Doherty, Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science. Mr. Doherty holds degrees in philosophy, theology, child development and family relations, and family studies. His interests include democratic community building with families. His writings include Take Back Your Marriage: Sticking Together in a World that Pulls Us Apart and Take Back Your Kids: Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times.

Business Meeting

Check out information on the Business Meeting, to be held Saturday afternoon: agenda, delegate counts, proposed budget, Nominating Committee report.

Join UUs from across eight states!

This year we’re paying special attention to integrating the youth of the district into the annual conference. UUA staff members will be there to meet with youth and adults as part of its “Consultation Ministry to and with Youth.”

You’ll also find timely, practical, and fun activities, including multi-generational workshops on nurturing our faith communities.

In Minneapolis, you will also find:

an integrated youth program, child care celebration, worship, reverence, remembrance handshakes, hugs, social time, choir singing music, food, fun, laughs a banquet, awards, entertainment books, exhibits, gifts the annual business meeting Everyone loves the banner parade. Be a part of it!

Go to for easy instructions on creating and displaying your congregation’s banner. Then bring it to Minneapolis! Watch for registration materials in mid-winter. Early registration discounts will apply. For more information, contact Eric Severson.

Social Justice Training

Just before the Annual Conference gets underway, a Social Justice Training workshop will be held, led by Valerie Ackerman (the Judy Lecturer in 2006).

Exhibit Space

Does your organization have a program or activity you would like to promote to the participants at the District Annual Conference? If so, reserve an exhibit space at the conference.

To apply for exhibit space, fill out this application. (This is a PDF file, 40 KB — see About PDF for more information). Mail the application and a check with the application fee to First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis. (The address is on the application.)

Exhibit fee per table:

$30 if person listed on application is registered for the Conference$80 if person listed on application is not registered for the Conference

Fees partially offset the charges by the hotel for the tables.

If the exhibit space is for a PSD committee or activity, you can request reimbursement from your committee’s budget for the expense.