Jillian Conway 
Joseph Priestley District of the UUA 


Friday April 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM EDT
Sunday April 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT

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Key Bridge Marriott 
1401 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22209

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2012 Joseph Priestley District Assembly

Looking Backward, Moving Forward:

Celebrating 50 Years of the JPD


Keynote Speaker

 Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association


Expanded bookstore with up to date offerings for your congregation

Exhibits from diverse UU organizations

18 Interactive Workshops covering many topics of interest


Innovative Worship Experience on Sunday

GALA 50th Anniversary Celebration

Gathered Here Appreciative Inquiry to help chart the future of the UUA

Awards for Outstanding UU, Youth Adult and Youth

Recognition of YES Churches, Outstanding Chalice Lighter and Chalice Keeper


The Joseph Priestley District is 50!  Come to our 50th Anniversary Celebration Friday night.  We will start off with some rousing congregational singing.  We will have a Musical Tribute “Forward Through the Ages” of select hymns from the past.  We will be showing the video “Washington Goes Unitarian” which depicts the growth of our faith in Washington.  We will hear from a panel of religious educators on how our religious education programs have evolved and strengthened Unitarian Universalism.  We will also hear from a panel of other district leaders about the significant events that have occurred in the JPD.  We will conclude with a discussion of the many accomplishments that have taken place within the JPD over our 50 years.  And then we will have a birthday party with cake and ice cream.


Gathered Here is a national conversation about the future of the Unitarian Universalist Association.  Gathered Here will give shape to a shared vision for the future of our faith and the ways in which we, as religious leaders, will advance our faith on local and national levels.  Based on Appreciative Inquiry, an approach to organizational change that builds on what’s working rather than trying to fix what’s not, the process will engage you and other UUs, congregations, and groups in conversations that forge new relationships and create new possibilities for the future of Unitarian Universalism.  We will have a two part session with everyone on Saturday morning.  Smaller groups will break out during this time for more intimate conversations about the values of our faith that we want to see carried into the future.


Friday, April 13, 2012

    6:00-7:30 pm           Registration

    7:30-9:30 pm           50th Anniversary Celebration

                                        Musical Tribute

                                        Video – Washington Goes Unitarian

                                        Panel – Reminisces from Past Leaders

                                        50 Years of Accomplishments

    9:30 pm-10:30 pm    Reception

 Saturday, April 14, 2012

    8:00-9:00 am         Registration

    9:00-9:45 am           Worship

    9:45-10:45 am         Gathered Here Session I

    10:45-11:00 am       Morning Break

    11:00 am-12:15 pm  Gathered Here Session II

    12:15-2:15 pm         Lunch, Awards and Presentations

    2:15-3:30 pm           District Business Meeting

    3:30-3:45 pm           Afternoon Break

    3:45-5:00 pm           Workshop Session I

    5:15-6:30 pm           Workshop Session II

    6:30-                        Free Evening

 Sunday, April 15, 2012

    8:30-9:00 am           Assemble in General Session for Keynote Address

    9:00-10:30 am         Keynote Address by Rev. Peter Morales

    10:30-10:45 am       Morning Break

    10:45 am-12:15 pm  Worship

    12:15-1:30 pm         Lunch

    1:30-2:00 pm           Closing


18 Interactive Workshops covering many topics of interest are being offered this year.  A complete list with full workshop descriptions can be found below.  Be sure to have this list handy during the registration process or have the numbers corresponding to your workshop choices written down before continuing.


Reservations and Rates

The Joseph Priestley District has reserved a block of rooms for the nights of April 13th and 14th, 2012 with the Key Bridge Marriott.  The room rate is $135.00 per night which does not include taxes.  Overnight parking is at the rate of $12.00 per night.  Commuter parking is $12.00 per day.  

The cut-off date for making room reservations was 5pm, Friday, March 23, 2012.  ONCE THE ROOM BLOCK FILLS we cannot guarantee room availability or group rate.  Please make your reservation as soon as possible to secure a room at the group rate.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-266-9432.  BE SURE TO REFER TO GROUP CODE - *Joseph Priestley District of the UUA Meeting Apr2012* - TO RECEIVE OUR SPECIAL RATES.  


  • On-Site Business Center
  • Wireless High Speed Internet Access Throughout Hotel
  • Nearby Public Transportation
  • Fitness Center
  • Concierge desk, for local tips, area information, and other assistance during your stay
Register Now!Please: Only one adult / young adult registrant per online registration form.  If you are registering for childcare, please have one adult act as the official contact person and include these options on his/her registration form.  All requests for childcare must be received by Friday, March 31st.  Thank you.