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"Let Love Lead"
North Texas UU Leadership Conference

 Broadening the source of Leadership from Bylaws to Love and
 the definition of Leadership from those Elected to Those Who Lead.


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Saturday, June 10, 2017

First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
1959 Sandy Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76112
(817) 451-1505

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Our Keynote Speaker:

CarltonPearson1Carlton Pearson

"The Pathology of Love and Ministry -
Investigating the Causes and Effects of the Disease or Dis-ease of Love and Ministry"


Protégé of Oral Roberts from 1977, Carlton Pearson grew
to be a Spiritual Activist of the "Gospel of Inclusion".
He is now Adjunct Minister at All Souls Church in Tulsa.

"Carlton Pearson's church, Higher Dimensions, was once one of the
biggest in the city (Tulsa), drawing crowds of 5,000 people every
Sunday. But several years ago, scandal engulfed the reverend.
He didn't have an affair. He didn't embezzle lots of money.
His sin was something that to a lot of people is far worse:
He stopped believing in Hell."

Carlton places high priority on personal integrity, meaning the integration of all aspects of human beings being human, and how that plays out through what he calls "Self Actualization" and that all in the global human family should acknowledge its common relevance and its collective
relativity. He believes the opposite of that is dis-integration (disintegration) of the human spirit, race and civil society.

You can read his biography in an article in UU World:

Bishop Pearson's keynote address will be open to the public.

There is no admission charge to attend only the keynote address but a free-will offering will be taken for Black Lives of UU. Please arrive by 9:00am if you wish to attend just the keynote presentation. The keynote will be followed by a thirty-minute talkback starting at 10:15am.

A few photos from the workshop:


Who Should Attend?

Members of congregations who are considering becoming leaders but may have some hesitation, and leaders who want to further develop their skills.

Youth and Teens

Activities will be available for kids 12 and under, with a simple lunch provided; cheese pizza or sandwiches.
If your child has a specific diet, you are welcome to bring a special lunch or snacks.

Teens are welcome to register and participate in the conference as adults.


Childcare will be provided and is available at no cost, if at least three requests are received by June 5th.
When you register, please specify the number of children and include their ages and information on any food allergies we should know about.


Lunch Menu

Lunch will be sandwich trays with vegan options, Gluten-free available on special request (choices on the registration form).


A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply, please visit the NTUUC Registration Assistance Program page.
If your request is granted, you will be send a special code to use for your registration.
Please do not register until you have been notified.

Registration Assistance


If you must cancel your registration, refunds of 75% of the fee will be made if notice is received more then five days before the event. Please note that registration for Volunteers and Scholarship Recipients who do not attend, and do not cancel five days in advance, will be on a reimbursement basis for future events. Exceptions can be made, of course, for extenuating circumstances, such those that will show up in the Pastoral Care section of your church's newsletter.

Volunteer Opportunities

Willing to help?
Can you commit to two hours in exchange for your registration fee?

Click on the listings below to volunteer for a specific task.
Task links will only show if we still need volunteers for a task.

Please note that this is a first-come, first-served opportunity.
You will be notified when your volunteer request has been accepted and you will be sent a special code to use when you register for the conference. Please do not register until you have received your notification.


Program Schedule and Workshop Details

The complete schedule for the conference and the program details
are available below the registration form.


Conference registration is $25, or $30 after May 21st, and includes lunch. Registration deadline extended to closes June 7th at midnight.

Online registration is required. Payment can be made online securely via PayPal. Please note that a PayPal account is not required to use credit card or bank transfers to pay for your registration.

If you are not paying online, a check or Money Order (made out to NTUUC) can be mailed to NTUUC c/o First Unitarian Church of Dallas, 4015 Normandy, Dallas, TX 75205. Please mail your payment within five (5) days of your online registration. Payment must be received before June 5th. Payment may also be made in cash at the door.

Please note that everyone attending the conference as attendees, speakers, or volunteers, needs to register for the event using this form.  Volunteers, scholarship recipients, and speakers - please do not sign up until you have received your special registration codes.

Volunteers - please specify the workshops (if any) you would like to attend if time permits.
Speakers - please do not sign up for your own programs!

Workshops may fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged!

Walk-in registration will be allowed, providing space is available.

Please leave a voicemail at (469) 682-8870,
or drop an email to:

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Checks or Money Orders may be sent to:

NTUUC LetLoveLead Conference
c/o First Unitarian Church of Dallas
4015 Normandy
Dallas, TX 75205

Let Love Lead Conference 2017

Gathering, Registration, Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00am

Check in and enjoy a light breakfast, juice and coffee

Welcoming Ceremony & Worship

Welcome: Anita Mills, NTUUC President
9:00 - 9:30am


Bishop Carlton Pearson
9:30 - 10:15am


Talk Back

10:15 - 10:45am



10:45 - 11:00am


Morning Programs
11:00am - 12:00 Noon

Click workshop titles for details
A. Growth Starts on the
Ground Floor


Tracy McShan

How's your elevator ride?

C. The Racial Justice Movement
of Our Time


Carrie Stewart, Organizer

Historical Moment
Grounding in Uuism


12:15 - 1:15pm

Afternoon Programs
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Click workshop titles for details
A. Here We Grow


Tracy McShan

For those seeking to grow their
church mindfully

C. The Racial Justice Movement
of Our Time


Carrie Stewart, Organizer

Define Race & Racism
History of White Supremacy


2:30pm - 2:45pm

Afternoon Programs

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Click workshop titles for details

A. Stewardship - Making It work


David Norton and James Snell


Creating A Successful Congregation

C. The Racial Justice Movement
of Our Time


Carrie Stewart, Organizer

What we can do

Closing Worship

4:00pm  -  4:30pm


Conference Program Details


Anita Mills, NTUUC President

Photo: Anita Mills

Anita Mills

Anita Mills is NTUUC President and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff.


Return to Schedule


Growth Starts on the Ground Floor
Session One: How’s Your Elevator Ride?

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Tracy McShan

The most common reason people give for joining a church is that someone asked them to visit.  How can we effectively talk about our congregations in the community, as well as with first-time visitors? 

Tracy McShan, former staffmember at First Church Dallas who was involved with creating the Faith Forward program, will present.

Tracy McShan has been an active member of First Unitarian Church of Dallas for 17 years, and recently served on the staff as Chief Congregational Life Officer, overseeing faith development for children and adults, hospitality, and member integration. She is a certified leadership coach with a twenty-year background in consulting, development, and leadership in the business and education fields. In her day job, she serves as Senior Director of Professional Services for Scientific Learning, an educational software company based in Oakland, California. Prior to that, she served as Director of Training Sales and Operations for CompUSA’s corporate headquarters.

Tracy has served in many volunteer and leadership roles in First Church and currently serves as usher, campus greeter, facilitator of the Monday Night Mindfulness group, nominating committee member, and facilitator for the Coming of Age class. She is fiercely passionate about the work of First Unitarian Church of Dallas and is an unabashedly proud evangelist for her church.

Here We Grow
Session Two: For Those Seeking to Grow Their Church Mindfully

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Tracy McShan

Why do you want to grow?
Who's on board?
Have you prepared a place for those who come?
Do you need an on-boarding program?

Tracy McShan will lead a consideration of these questions and more in this interactive session that explores mindful church growth.

Attendees will learn about First Church’s Faith Forward program, a guided path for Unitarian Universalists, helping them navigate from building connections early on, to finding their sense of belonging as a member, to serving as a leader and boldly living their faith..

Stewardship - Making It Work
Session Three: Creating a Successful Congregation

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David Norton

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James Snell

David Norton, Co-Chair of First Church’s Capital Campaign, and James Snell, recent UUA Board Member, will discuss issues related to creating a strong culture of stewardship in your congregation.

This session will include topics such as:
   * Some history of stewardship within the UUA
   * Stewardship and covenant
   * How to inspire stewardship and generosity
   * Issues in establishing an annual operating canvass
   * Issues in creating and completing a capital campaign for extraordinary expenses

David Norton
has been a member of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas since 1996. During that time frame he has served in various positions and on various committees, including service on the Board of Trustees for five years, and as President of the Board and Congregation for two years, as well as chair of the church’s Stewardship Committee.  In his reguladar life he is an attorney, and also has served on several different non-profit boards in the Dallas area.

James Snell
completed a 3-year term on the UUA Board of Trustees at GA in 2016, and also served as Financial Secretary for the UUA.  James is a member of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas where he previously served on the Board, served as the congregation’s President, and chaired a major building project for 3 years.

Extended Leadership: Final Session

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Connie Goodbread

For participants in the UUA Southern Region's Extended Leadership Experience this is the fifth and final session.


Presented by Connie Goodbread
Field Staff, UUA Southern Region

During the past year, teams from our cluster have participated in the Extended Leadership Experience. We have explored building a foundation for your values-based and mission-driven congregation, Faith Development and curriculum mapping, systems thinking, growth, governance, and stewardship.

In this final session, we will solidify these concepts and create an action plan for moving your congregation toward its goals.

Connie Goodbread
is in her eleventh year as UUA Field Staff serving the Southern Region on the Congregational Life Staff Team. She has served as Field Staff in three regions of our Association.

Connie has studied Healthy Congregation development, and congregational conflict identification and transformation with Rev. Dr. Peter Steinke. She has co-authored an emerging congregation process, redesigned and leads the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience and Southern Unitarian Universalist Leadership Experience. Connie has written two theme-based Small Group Ministry programs and a conflict process called Pathfinder.


Re-visit – Respond – Resist
The Racial Justice Movement of Our Time

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Carrie Stewart

Presented by Carrie Stewart
Intercultural Communications Consultant; Lifelong UU

We are living in Movement Times - from the election of Barack Obama, to the escalation of Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality, to the formation by White People of Showing Up for Racial Justice, to the Movement for Black Lives, to the White Supremacist backlash election of Donald Trump - we are in the arc of the modern Racial Justice movement.

We'll re-visit US racial history and the history of White Supremacy, and racial justice grounded in Unitarian Universalism, learn how Communities of Color and White Communities are responding in a multiracial, multicultural, multireligious, intersectional, multigenerational movement, and develop knowledge, skills, and practices of resistance.

Carrie L. Stewart, M.C.I.S.
, is the Owner and Principal of One World Consulting, Carrie has served various communities and organizations in their quest for greater understanding, inclusion and appreciation of diverse individuals and groups. She brings nearly three decades of experience in equity, inclusion and diversity through training, facilitation, coaching, dialogue convening and leadership development. Additionally, Carrie is an advanced trained Mediator, and works in conflict transformation, and community and family engagement to find common ground. As an Intercultural Communication Consultant, she is a knowledge expert on navigating through cultures.

A lifelong UU, Carrie has been a child, youth, member and friend of 13 congregations in 6 districts. She served as a SWUUC and Southern Region Consultant specializing in anti-racism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism, conflict transformation, leadership, Compassionate Communication and Healthy Congregations. Additionally, she served on the SWUUC Board, and was a DBLE Staff member for several years. She currently serves on The Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee of the UUA, the UU Allies for Racial Equality Steering Committee, and the Adult Council of First Unitarian Church of Dallas. She is convening Get Ready to Resist and Rejoice” Pre-GA Racial Justice Training in New Orleans in June, 2017.

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