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Professional Development Day
Professional Development Day

Friday, April 27, 2018 • 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Prior to the 2018 PWR Regional Assembly we are offering full-day workshops for religious professionals. There are two options. For congregationally-based ministers, religious educators, and music directors we have Risking Out Loud: Worship Tools & Practices That Liberate Us. For community-based ministers, we have From Burden to Blessing: Working with Secondary Trauma. Please find details for each below, and be sure to sign up for them when you submit your registration for Regional Assembly. Though we hope most religious professionals will attend Regional Assembly, it is possible to sign up for the Professional Day workshop without signing up for Regional Assembly. Childcare will be available during these workshops.

The workshops themselves will be held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. A reception for all religious professionals will be held from 4 - 5:30 p.m. 

Text that says Risking Out Loud - Worship Tools and Practices that Liberate Us, plus pictures of Rev. Erika Hewitt and Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout.

Risking Out Loud: Worship Tools & Practices That Liberate Us

The communities we serve—the tender, struggling, joyful, complicated people who turn to us for comfort and inspiration—are accustomed to familiar patterns and forms of worship. How might we, as leaders and religious professionals, honor those familiar practices as well as the creative edge? How do we hold the trustworthy vessel of worship while inviting new expressions to come to life?

This day will include:

  • nourishing, experiential worship
  • thoughtful dialogue about practical worship tools
  • explicit conversation about multicultural elements/expression
  • opportunities to practice new skills in creative teams
  • breakfast & lunch on-site


Rev. Erika Hewitt divides her ministry between serving as the UUA’s Minister of Worship Arts, and serving a small UU congregation on the coast of Maine.

Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout is Director of Worship and Music for First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, where he has served since 2007.

From Burden to Blessing: Working with Secondary Trauma

In the course of our ministries, we are exposed to stories of trauma and loss, and those stories have an impact on us. Together, we’ll reflect on the nature of that impact, strategies for metabolizing trauma, and ways secondary trauma informs our theology. How do we avoid compassion fatigue and instead enable post-traumatic growth?


Emily Brault is a UU minister and full-time Chaplain at the women’s prison of the Oregon Department of Corrections. Her greatest caper so far was her 2005 escapade in which she convinced Vanderbilt University to give her a PhD in the field of “Religion and Personality.” She says she was looking for both. For Emily, religion is not about helping us escape from our lives, but helping us get into our lives in ways that foster grace and hope and healing. In her spare time, she hangs out with her family and plays the banjo, although her family doesn’t quite appreciate the elegance of the banjo.

Susan Maginn is a UU minister and a chaplain with the US Navy. She is currently the first female chaplain to serve an all male training battalion at the Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego. Before entering military chaplaincy she served on staff at Eliot Chapel in St. Louis and as minister to Wy’east UU Congregation in Portland. Her BFA is from New York University. M.Div. is from Eden Theological Seminary, United Church of Christ. She has been married for 22 years and has two children, all with whom she shares a 350 square foot home in San Diego.

Elizabeth Stevens, minister of the UU Church of the Palouse in Moscow, ID, is currently writing a doctoral dissertation on media-induced secondary trauma in congregational systems. Her BA is from Yale, her M.Div. is from Starr King, and she believes community ministers are doing the some of the hardest and most important work there is.

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