Morning workshops:

The Gospel of Possibility

with Rev. Aaron White

Let's talk about implementing the practices that make our lives whole. Our theme speaker will spend time working through the responses to the morning talk.

Finding a Geography of Grace through Circles of Trust 

with Rev. Dr. Barbara Coeyman


Just as many of us are removed from contact with the natural world through our busy lives, so too we may live distanced from the inner nature of our souls. We can easily lose our sense of home and belonging on this earth. Likewise, when we become out of touch with our souls, we can lose a sense of “true self,” of who we really are. 

“Geography of Grace,” based on the spiritual writing of Quaker Parker Palmer and sponsored by the Center for Courage and Renewal (, draws on places in nature as inspiration for spiritual growth. Each afternoon we will explore a different place in geography -- the Desert, Mountains, the Sea, Night Sky --- as a source of spirituality. Using the Circle of Trust® approach, the sessions include large- and small-group conversation and personal introspection, as we explore the many facets of grace in the natural world around us. Clergy and laity are welcome to “Geography of Grace.”

We build trust in our circles through consistent and authentic participation in all sessions: no new attendees after the first day. For questions, contact the facilitator at This workshop is an afternoon only workshop during the spiritual practice 2 hour time.

Better Angels

with David Throop

Better Angels, launched in 2016, is a bipartisan citizens’ movement to unify our divided nation. By bringing red and blue Americans together into a working alliance, we’re building new ways to talk with one another, participate together in public life, and influence the direction of the nation. Our organizational structure is guided by the Better Angels Rule - at every level of leadership, we are half red and half blue.

One of Better Angel's founder, Bill Doherty, is a UU who has written articles for the UU World.  David has been trained to present his workshops. David has hosted 2 Better Angels workshops in the past, one at Palmer Episcopal church in Houston and one at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church. 

What is life asking of us in this moment?

with Kathy McGowan, Congregational Life Field Staff for the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association

She has a deep passion for Unitarian Universalism and is grounded in its history and theology.  She is sensitive to marginalized groups and is committed to intercultural sensitivity.   She believes in the transformative power of groups and thrives on the collaborative process.  She is talented both in presentation and facilitation with a unique ability to use humor while attending to important and sensitive questions.  All of her work comes from a deep respect for an individual process of spiritual development and the power of communal worship and service.

In addition to her congregational work her careers have been in the areas of child welfare and theatre. She lives with her two cats in the triangle area of North Carolina. She enjoys reading, hiking, puzzles, board games and visiting her children often.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon To White America, book by Michael Eric Dyson

with Rev. Chuck Freeman

Minister and professor Dyson delivers a poignant, passionate and provocative address to white America.  His sermon is part confessional, part prophetic fire, and part prescription.  Dyson pleads with white people of good heart and good will to wake up to the system of white superiority we created and transform our nation into the spiritual oneness that we are.  How can we evolve our congregations and UU movement in this sacred pilgrimage?  Each session will employ song, story and grappling with the text in small groups.