This is a theory I’ve been developing for several years now, as I’ve worked in UU groups, specifically YRUU and UUYAN.
With both YRUU and UUYAN, on a congregation or district level, you have 2 modes of being: Pastoral and Programmatical. This concept should be pretty familiar to anyone who has worked with growing churches and districts.

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There are several myths about running conferences. Some con planners, even after having many under their belt, never get over these myths. Con planning always goes better once the planning crew gets over these.

MYTH: Planning and Running is Hard

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This is My pet theory. We all have one, this is Mine.

Any group or person that is responsible for planning events, meetings, and the like needs to be communicating well with their potential audience. Breakdowns of communication are all too common, but often are the result of not following the 3 Rule of Good Communication:

  • Accuracy of content
  • Redundancy of distribution
  • Timeliness of the whole shebang

When any one of these is only partially fulfilled, or ignored completely, the end results can be drastic, from lackluster involvement in group acticities, to complete group disillusionment and eventual dispersal. Let’s take a look at each of these in detail, using confrence/meeting announcements as examples.

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There have been many documents through time titled the same, some even have my name attached to them. I do wish I hadn’t had my massive email archive loss a few years ago, or I might have some of them. Be that as it is, this series will look at how people have and do run our UU conferences, and how we can run them in the future.

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The following has been posted to the UUA Site, as well as RadicalHapa, Philocrites, and FUUSE.

An open letter to UU youth of color and UU people of color who attended Fort Worth General Assembly and the broader UU community:

At General Assembly in Fort Worth, there were several incidents that reminded us that we have much work to do in our journey to becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and multicultural association. We, the UUA Board of Trustees, want to express deep sadness and regret that these incidents took place.

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This is in direct response to comments on Philocrites, found here

Are our generations so far apart that the older one cannot recognize our need to be accepted and supported like ya’ll were?

No, they are not. I also don’t want the current or future YRUU accepted and supported like “my” YRUU generation was.

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