This year’s Building Beloved Community Event is titled The Resilient Power of Stories and will be held January 20-22, 2012 in Denver, CO.

Registration is now closed.

Stories – personal and communal, inspirational and mundane – shape our lives, inform our identities, and transform our spirits. Stories are the substance of covenantal community. Stories express our values, give us vision, and empower us to live with integrity as we live into our highest ideals.

The act of sharing stories, both in telling and in listening, grows our imaginations and creates new possibilities. All social change is the telling and re-telling of stories. You are one story away from having your life changed, or changing the life of another.

Learn about the power of your stories to connect, to transform, and to create just and resilient communities – to create beloved community.

Send a team from your congregation and receive discounted registration!

Tentative Schedule:

  • Friday, January 20th, 1-5 PM: Program for religious professionals
  • Friday, January 20th, 5-7 PM: Registration & dinner
  • Friday, January 20th, 7-9 PM: Interactive keynote address (open to all)
  • Saturday, January 21st, 9-5 PM: Public program
  • Sunday, January 22nd, 9:15AM and 11AM: Shared worship

Featured Presenters:

Rev. Jan Christian:  Leave No Brother Behind: A Sister’s Memoir
James Tracy & Amy Sonnie: Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power

Registration and Fees: All fees must be received by the January 15th registration deadline. We cannot accommodate walk-ins. Registration is now closed.

Your registration fee covers all meals, program and materials. Meals included are Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. A vegetarian option is available. If you have other dietary restrictions, please bring what you need. The Fairfield Inn provides a hearty breakfast for guests.

Cancellation Policy: Registration fees are non-refundable after January 15, 2012, event cancellation notwithstanding. Should weather conditions in Denver force cancellation or event delays, a voice message will be posted on the district phone (303) 756-1378. Refund requests due to personal emergency will be addressed after all event expenses are paid.

Accessibility: The main floor of the First Universalist Church of Denver is fully accessible, the site of all activity. If you have special needs, please let us know how to accommodate these on the registration form. There’s plenty of parking and the church is on a major city bus line.

Lodging: Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by Jan 10, 2012 to receive discounted rate. The Fairfield Inn & Suites Cherry Creek, 1680 South Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222. Reservations: 1-800-690-9799 or direct with hotel at 303-691-2223.

A discounted rate of $/64 night per room (plus 14.85% local tax) has been secured with the hotel and includes a warm hearty breakfast, free internet, and complimentary parking. Mention “MDD” in order to secure the conference rate. If you get snagged, ask to speak with Emily Boring. The hotel is on a major bus line, a five-minute ride to First Universalist Denver located on the corner of S. Colorado and Hampden.

Ground/Air Transportation: All events take place at the First Universalist Church of Denver, 4101 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, CO 80222 located at the intersection with South Colorado Blvd. Shuttle transportation is available through Super Shuttle, reservations recommended: 800-258-3826.. For driving directions to the church, visit their website, Please be sure to schedule an afternoon departure so you can attend Sunday morning worship.