General Assembly 2017
Meadville Lombard's GA Schedule

resist & rejoice

We look forward to meeting/seeing you at GA!

Visit us at Booth #723! 
Below is the list of our events and workshops that our faculty, staff, and current students are part of. The workshop information might change. Please check our Facebook and Twitter for updates.
 

Wednesday, June 21

ALUMNI/AE DINNER

6:00pm – 7:30pm   Hilton Riverside, Marlborough Room A&B

The annual meeting of the Meadville Lombard Alumni/ae Association. Buy tickets here.

 

Thursday, June 22

UU PRISON MINISTRY AND JUSTICE BEGINNING TODAY!

1:30 – 2:45pm   Convention Center 215-216

Church of the Larger Fellowship — The voices of our over 750 members in prison will be part of the conversation as we give you the tools to begin prison justice ministries today. Information will be shared on becoming a pen pal, sponsoring congregation, or CLF Prison Ambassador.

Sarah Prickett (new grad) with Rev. Meg Riley and Mandy Goheen

 

SUSTAINING JUSTICE WORK THROUGH INCLUSIVE WORSHIP

1:30pm – 2:45pm   Convention Center 209

Skinner House Books — Our worship sustains our courage and stamina for justice work. Marginalized communities have challenged us to make worship more inclusive, embodying the world we dream about. The co-authors and worship leaders referenced in the 2nd Edition Skinner House book Worship That Works will discuss our recent lessons and challenges.

Rev. Dr. Wayne Arnason (Trustee) with Rev. Theresa Soto, Rev. Kathleen Rolenz and Rev. Josh Pawelek


LIVING THE INTERSECTION OF CLASS AND RACE

3:15pm - 4:30pm   Convention Center R04-R05

UU Class Conversations — In America today, the intersection of class and race can no longer be ignored. Our workshop will explore how class and race combine to shape one’s life experiences and worldview. With this understanding, we’ll look at how UUs can create a culture of radical hospitality and build strong intercultural partnerships.

Rev. Darrick Jackson (Director of Contextual Ministry), Kellie Kelly (student) with Rev. Lee Paczulla and Chris Crass


THE LEGACY OF THE SPIRIT: ART, JUSTICE, WORSHIP

3:15pm – 4:30pm   Convention Center 222

UUA Stewardship and Development — This Stewardship & Development workshop explores artistic creation - from ministry in dance & music rooted in social justice, to partnership between the Red Flame Hunters (an all-children Mardi Gras Tribe) & Community Church New Orleans to the local UU Church tradition of the Jazz Funeral for the New Year

Erin Walter (new grad) with Edward Buckner, Rev. Paul Beedle, and Elizabeth Trotter


THE STRUGGLE WITH CLASS IN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM

5:00pm - 6:15pm   Convention Center 204-205

Commission on Appraisal — The Commission on Appraisal will host a discussion on the updated report on class. Members of the Commission will discuss significant findings and conclusions and invite participants to share their responses and experiences. All are welcome to attend.

Katie Romano-Griffin (new grad) with Peter Kandia, Kathleen Henry, and Rev. Dr. Xolani Kacela


"JUSTICE FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS" SERMON AWARD

5:00pm - 6:15pm   Convention Center 230

UU Women's Federation — On the 40th anniversary of the UUA Women & Religion Resolution, the winner of the UU Women’s Federation Sermon Award will preach on “justice for women and girls,” inviting conversation and action on the topics raised.

Erin Walter (new grad) with Justice Waidner Smith

 

OUR EVOLVING LEGACY: YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW

5:00pm - 6:15pm   Convention Center 222

UUA Stewardship Development — This Stewardship & Development workshop includes a leadership vision arising from young adult organizing; the current relevance of Baton Rouge Unitarian’s “Naming Project” honoring 44 people enslaved on the former plantation land of the Church, and how our UU past can create a prophetic voice for the future.

John Leeker (Archivist) with Kadyn Frawlet and Rev. Nathan Ryan

 

SERVICE OF THE LIVING TRADITION RECEPTION

9:30pm - 11:00pm   Hilton Riverside, Parish Room

A celebration of Meadville Lombard alumni/ae participants in Service of the Living Tradition

 

Friday, June 23

PARTNERS IN MINISTRY BREAKFAST

7:00am - 8:15am  Convention Center, Rivergate Room

Join us for a breakfast to learn about how impactful Meadville Lombard alums are in our Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities. During the breakfast, there will be an appeal to funds, but you are not obligated to donate. Please contact Barbara Baldwin at bbaldwin@meadville.edu or (312) 212-0676 to register.


BELOVED CONVERSATIONS (DURING THE PLENARY SESSION)

10:00am   Convention Center 

Dr. Mark Hicks (Director of the Fahs Collaborative) 

 

POST TRAUMATIC MINISTRY

1:30pm – 2:45pm   Convention Center 223

Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries — We live in an era in which more and more people are living with a sense of despair and hopelessness. In this workshop, we will explore the healing properties of ritual, embodied participation and delve into the resources that our theological perspective offers a hurting world.

Rev. Darrick Jackson (Director of Contextual Ministry) and Rev. Leslie Takahashi (Affiliated Faculty)

 

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES FOR DEALING WITH WHITENESS

1:30pm – 2:45pm   Convention Center R04-R05

Unitarian Universalists are committed to resisting white supremacy. White UUs need spiritual practices to help us persist when things get hard or uncomfortable and build our resiliency for the long haul. Come hear stories, share with others and do ritual together as we grapple with our whiteness

Rev. Ashley Horan (Beloved Conversations Learning Coordinator) with Nora Rasman and Rev. Annie Gonzalez Milliken

 

AWAKENING INNOVATION IN FAITH FORMATION PRACTICES

1:30pm – 2:45pm   Convention Center 222

Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard — We know that contemporary congregations require new forms of faith practice to flourish. What do these practices look like? How can the needs of particular, often marginalized, groups provide opportunities for whole families to reach out and support community growth and development? Three Fahs Research Fellows will provide innovative learning.

Dr. Mark Hicks (Director of Fahs Collaborative & Professor of Religious Education) with the Fahs Fellows: Dr. Melissa James, Rev. David Messner, and Tracy Beck

 

A LUMINOUS BROTHERHOOD: AFRO-CREOL SPIRITUALISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

1:30pm – 2:45pm   Convention Center 204-205

UU History and Heritage Society — Conrad Wright Lecture: This lecture introduces the practice of Spiritualism among a small community of Afro-Creole men in nineteenth-century New Orleans and a world of spirits that guided these men as they sought to make New Orleans, the South, the nation, and the world a more just and moral place

Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk (Professor of UU History) with Dr. Emily Clark and Rev. Mark Harris

 

CRAFTING WORSHIP THAT DE-CENTERS WHITENESS

3:15pm – 4:30pm   Convention Center R07-R08

Together, let’s risk a conversation about cultural misappropriation in worship. How do we make our worship spaces more welcoming, respectful, and brave? Even as we acknowledge different developmental stages of multicultural competency, we reach out to those ready for the complicated, life-giving work of creating an inclusive culture of worship.

Julica Hermann de la Fuente (new grad) with Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and Rev. Erika Hewitt

 

BELOVED CONVERSATIONS: SIT TOGETHER AND GO DEEP

3:15pm – 4:30pm   Convention Center Rear of Exhibit Hall (Hall B1)

Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard — Bring the fullness of yourself to an experiential, identity-based circle of “critical friends” who listen through a dual lens of race-plus, to help each other learn and grow. Join a topic-based, facilitated group, and respond to evocative questions designed to spark insight, healing and stronger relationships of accountability and compassion.

Dr. Mark Hicks (Director of Fahs Collaborative & Professor of Religious Education) and Rev. Ashley Horan (Beloved Conversations Learning Coordinator)

 

Saturday, June 24

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS LUNCH

11:30am – 1:30pm   Hilton Riverside, Parish Room

Meadville Lombard Theological School is delighted to invite prospective students to a special lunch at the 2017 General Assembly! You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with current students
  • Meet our faculty that includes Unitarian Universalist powerhouses in ministry, teaching, academics, and activism
  • Explore our degree programs, both for a career in ordained ministry and for leadership in an organization or a business that benefits from deeper theological knowledge
  • Learn more about our low-residency, contextual curriculum, which allows you to live and learn in your local community and pursue your degree through 3-4 visits to Chicago per year

Won't you join us?

It is free to attend this lunch, but please register here. We look forward to meeting you!

 

STORIES OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS OF COLOR BOOK LAUNCH

1:30pm – 2:45pm   Convention Center R06

Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries — Unitarian Universalists of Color: Stories of Struggle, Courage, Love, and Faith consists of stories of UUs in the U.S., a 2015 GA workshop transcript and resources. Contributors will read excerpts from their stories, and two religious educators of color will lead the audience discussion in perspective with faith development.

Dr. Mark Hicks (Professor of Religious Education) with Jessica York, Yuri Yamamoto, and Dr. Chandra Snell

 

EMPOWERING MEMORIES: ORAL HISTORY AS ACTS OF RESISTANCE

1:30pm – 2:45pm   Convention Center 228-229

Meadville Lombard Theological School — Oral history can be an act of resistance when empowered communities create honest histories to correct the stale and safe stories we often tell ourselves. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to create and/or expand and correct oral histories that are radically inclusive of marginalized people

Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk (Professor of UU History), John Leeker (Archivist), and Claudia Espinel (Director of International Formation and Recruitment)

 

UPCYCLING CHURCH

1:30pm – 2:45pm   Convention Center R09

UUA — Join authors for an upcoming Skinner House book to learn about creative ways to use materials you have at hand in your church to transform and inspire. Find out how to “upcycle” your music, your building, your coffee hour, your intergenerational programs, your mission...to breathe new life into your congregation.

Julica Hermann de la Fuente (new grad) with Rev. Christana Wille McKnight, Rev. Seth Fisher, and Rev. Lee Paczulla

 

FAITHFUL RESILIENCE: ENGAGING THE WORLD THROUGH SPIRITUAL DEEPENING

3:15pm – 4:30pm   Convention Center 220

UU Wellspring — Are you longing to ground yourself in this shifting world? Do you want to create in your congregation a support for courageously and joyfully addressing the brokenness of this world? Explore the power of UU Wellspring’s small group program that grounds participants deeply in UU values, spiritual practice, and theological depth.

Sara Smalley (student) with Rev. Sarah Lenzi, Kimberley Debus, and Sean Neil-Barron

 

BELOVED CONVERSATION REUNION

4:30pm – 6:00pm   Hilton Riverside, Magazine Room