Archive for September, 2008

Photos from Fall Leadership Conferences

September 29, 2008

Over the past two weekends, leaders from congregations around Prairie Star District gathered in Des Moines and in the Twin Cities to attend our Fall Leadership Conferences. Tracks were available for Presidents, Treasurers, as well as people interested in Membership, Leadership Skills, and Voluntarism. In each location, the conversations were lively and lots of ideas were shared. I met with the participants in the Presidents’ track for an hour at each location to discuss safety and security for our congregations. I’m starting to gather materials for a workshop on the topic that we can offer our congregations later. I’ll write about it in a future blog post.

Here are some photos from the two events:

Getting acquainted at the Des Moines conference

Getting acquainted in Des Moines

Friday night mixer:

Mixer in Des Moines

Friday night mixer:

Mixer in Des Moines

Participants in the Presidents’ track in Fridley:

Fridley Presidents track

Leadership Skills track in Fridley:

Fridley Leadership track

Participants in the Voluntarism track in Fridley:

Fridley Voluntarism track


Camp StarTrail August 2 – 7, 2009

September 5, 2008

We’re very excited about the new UU camp that we are starting next summer! Camp StarTrail will be a multigenerational camp to celebrate and explore Unitarian Universalism in the beautiful rolling hills of the Platte River Valley, near Ashland, Nebraska.

Located just off I-80, the camp is a wonderful site, with a small lake for paddleboats, high ropes and other challenge courses, woods and wildlife and wildflowers, a great dining hall, and a variety of accommodations, including a campground.

We hope 200 UUs of all ages will join us for five days of fun and relaxation, inspiring morning talks and porch chats after dinner, with campfires and S’mores by starlight. And believe me, the stars are bright out on the prairie! There’ll be time to get acquainted and compare notes with folks from other UU congregations, as well as people from your own.

Go to for more details. Registration will open in January. I’ll add a few photos to the sidebar to give you a sense of the beauty of the camp. We hope to see YOU there!