I made a quick trip down to Cedar Rapids last Friday to meet with some of the religious educators there. Sherry Warren, our PSD Youth and Young Adult Specialist, happened to be in town for a Spirituality Development Training with the youth group from Peoples Church in Cedar Rapids, so she and Lori Allen (PSD Lifespan Faith Development program coordinator) and I were able to have a meeting before the, er, meeting. At any rate, it was great to see the folks in Iowa, and we had a good conversation about the future of Lifespan Faith Development in Prairie Star and in the UUA. I really enjoy getting together with religious educators around the district, so if you’re a DRE in a PSD congregation and would like an excuse to gather some nearby DREs and youth adviser for a weekday meeting, let me know and let’s see if we can arrange a visit!

Iowa Religious Educators

Most of these meetings include having lunch at the local church staffs’ favorite nearby restaurant. We decided to have ours at Phong Lan Vietnamese restaurant, which is just a couple of blocks from the church. I had the mixed vegetables–not bad. And thanks to Marlene Walker, interim minister at Peoples, for taking this picture of us.