Gould Discourse 2020
Type of event: Public Event
Sponsor: Central East Region of the UUA
Growing Souls in Congregations – Lessons from Nature and the Pandemic
We’ll look at an eco-centric model of human development which allows nature and our souls to be our guides. We’ll also consider how we are responding to the pandemic to think about new ways of faith development in our congregations. This first-ever Gould Discourse presented via Zoom will allow us to create break out groups. So, you will have opportunities to talk briefly with other Unitarian Universalists about how you, personally, are responding to being in isolation; and also, to consider the implications of how your congregation is responding to the pandemic. Bring handicrafts or materials to doodle if you like; these activities often help people focus better when listening.
Leah Purcell has served as the religious educator at Albany UU since 2007, first as Director of Religious Education and since 2018 as Director of Family Ministry. Before working at Albany UU, she taught in public and private schools, in regular and special education settings, for 19 years. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in psychology in 1980. She earned her credential as a religious educator through the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2011 at the credentialed level, and she now serves as a mentor in that program. A member of the LREDA board from 2015-2017, Leah has served on various LREDA committees and facilitated caucus groups at LREDA gatherings as well as serving on the Excellence in Shared Ministry Task Force. She has also served the Seaway LREDA chapter as chair and as secretary. Most recently, she was on a team organized by the UUA to develop a tool for UU religious educators to evaluate their programs for practices that continue white supremacy culture. Leah and her husband live in Albany and have two grown children.
There is no cost for this event but you must register by noon May 15th to receive the log information.
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