Join us this Saturday for the BCD “UU Revolution” Fall Conference

Friends, this Saturday is the Ballou Channing District Fall Conference and its going to be great!  We have a fabulous keynote speaker and what I think  you’ll find to be highly relevant, exciting and practical workshops.

Full details are below.  If you attend, make sure you connect with me.  I’d love to meet you and see how I can be of service to your congregation.


Peter Bowden, BCD Growth Consultant

Ballou Channing District   2010 Fall Conference
UU Revolution:  Becoming a Culturally Dynamic Religion

Saturday, October 30, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
First Parish Church, Duxbury, MA
842 Tremont Street, Duxbury, MA


“UU Revolution Led by RE-Powered Congregations”
by Ms Tandi Rogers

Tandi Rogers will give the keynote sermon in which she will discuss the implications of developing cultural, ethnic and generational demographic trends in our county, and then look at how the ideals of a congregation being multi-generational and multi-cultural can be taken from theory to practice. Her vision includes vibrant, relevant congregations as whole and holy religious learning communities. It’s time to be a force to be reckoned with!  Let the REvolution begin…

Ms Rogers is the Pacific Northwest District’s Program Specialist serving congregations in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho since 2002.  Her purview includes youth ministry and young adult ministry, social justice, lifespan faith formation, and leadership development.  She is a Credentialed Religious Educator at the Master level, a candidate for the ministry and is in seminary at Seattle University.  Prior to this ministry she has been a social justice community organizer, a development officer with an ecumenical agency, and a teacher on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation. However, she describes her most important ministry as being the mother of three sons.

Register online for payment by credit card or check. To pay by check click “Other Payment Options” when registering. Instructions will be provided.
Registration Fee:     $25 adults    $10 youth   (includes lunch & refreshments)

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8:30 -9:00 AM           Registration, coffee and “UU Network Mall”
9:00-11:15                 Worship and keynote sermon
10:15 -10:20              Announcements
10:20 – 10:45             Refreshments and Networking Break
10:45 – 12:00             Morning Workshops
12:00 – 1:00               Lunch and “UU Network Mall”
Young Adults (aged 18-35) will have an identified table at which to meet.
1:15 – 2:30 PM          Afternoon Workshops
2:45 – 3:00 PM          Closing event


M-1    “UU Revolution” Sermon Follow Up Discussion
with Tandi Rogers

An opportunity to go deeper and to respond from your own experience and learn from each other’s stories.

M-2   Growing Congregations of Diverse People: Lessons Learned from Mega-churches
with Peter Bowden, Ballou Channing District Growth Consultant

Large evangelical churches have demonstrated great success in developing multigenerational community.  This has less to do with doctrine and more to do with understanding human needs and relationships. Many of the principles they use can be adapted for use in UU congregations of all sizes.

M-3   “Realizing Racial Justice” – Part I
with Sha’an Mouliert (bio follows)

The United States, including New England, is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse.  As individuals and as congregations we need to continue our work thinking about how we deal with racial justice if our congregations are going to be places of spiritual growth and community making.   Participants will view and discuss the video MIRRORS OF REFLECTION: MAKING WHITENESS VISIBLE, which looks at the experiences of white women and men who have worked to gain insight into what racism and white supremacy means in the U.S.

Sha’an Mouliert educator, community organizer, consultant; trainer for Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; facilitator for the Theater of the Oppressed trainings, workshops presenter on conflict resolution, racial justice and community organizing throughout New England and U.S.

M-4   “Ministry in the New Decade”
Panel of parish ministers from the Ballou Channing District

The changes being seen in our country’s demographics and individuals’ participation in religious institutions will most likely affect parish ministry.  This workshop will explore through open discussion among panelists and participants the question, ” what will be the dynamics of parish ministry over the next ten years”


A-1  “Supporting Families as Religious Communities”
with Tandi Rogers, Program Specialist, Pacific Northwest District

In an era where there is little time for church, RE or participation in youth groups and a developing perspective, especially among youth and young adults that there must be more than classroom education in order to be fully developed religiously, the family can be the guides for faith formation. This is a workshop for religious professionals and key volunteers who support family ministry.

A-2   “Small Group Ministry as a Path to Multi-generational Congregation”
With Peter Bowden, Ballou Channing District Growth Consultant

Research is showing that young and older adults are seeking more individualized and self directed ways of spiritual development resulting in a declining participation in Sunday morning services and traditional adult religious education. Small Group Ministries, which often serves existing adult members in our congregations, can be used to build multi-generational ministries and promote growth.

A-3   “Realizing Racial Justice” – Part II
with Sha’an Mouliert (bio above)

Doing racial justice work in a congregation can be a challenge because it is multi-dimensional. For our congregations to become authentically multi-cultural we need to learn how to talk about racial issues in a thoughtful way. In this workshop, using Heart-to-Heart Conversations, a facilitated discussion technique, participants will learn a process that will give them ongoing developmental capacities and skills needed for wrestling with tough topics.

A-4   “Looking Again at the Power and Potential of Young Adults for Unitarian Universalist Future”
with Jen Shattuck, Ballou Channing Districts Young Adult Consultant

Individuals in the life stage called “Emerging Adult” have a different religious perspective from “Boomers.”  Outreach to, and involvement of, young adults is important for the vitality and relevance of Unitarian Universalism


UU Network Mall
An assembly of informational displays and items for sale, Vendors, congregations, and organizations that wish to have a display should call the BCD office (508) 599-6650 to reserve a space.

From the north — Route 3 to Exit 11; turn right onto Route 14; travel approximately 1.5 miles to light; turn right onto Route 3A; travel approximately 1 mile; church on the right.  From the south – Route 3 to Exit 10; turn right on Route 3A; go approximately 2 miles; church on left.

Call the District Office at 508-559-6650 or email

Thank you!
Your BCD Congregation Contributions helps provide staff support for this Conference.

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