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First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, Virginia
1000 Blanton Ave, Richmond, VA 23221


Check out the plan for our time together:


·      1:00 PM: Doors Open & Registration

·      2:00 PM: Welcome & Opening Worship

  • Rev. Sherman Logan (First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond)
  • o   Rev. Jake Morrill (Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship)

·      2:30 PM: "Taking Time Seriously: The Prophetic Theology of James Luther Adams"

o   Rev. George Kimmich Beach

o   “Kim” Beach is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister living in rural Madison County, Virginia.  He served UU congregations during forty years’ active ministry, including Arlington, Virginia and Austin, Texas, and an urban ministry in Cleveland, Ohio.  His books include Transforming Liberalism: The Theology of James Luther Adams, and The Seminal Gospel: Forty Days with Mark.  He edited and introduced three books of essays by Adams: The Prophethood of All Believers, An Examined Faith, and The Essential JLA. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, Harvard Divinity School, and Wesley Theological Seminary.  During his early ministry in Marblehead, Massachusetts, he served on the Board of the UU Christian Fellowship.

·      3:45 PM: Break

·      4:00 PM: “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

o   Kim Hampton, presenting

o   “What is the bridge between the liberal theology that undergirds so much of Unitarian Universalist thought and the liberation theology that can be the foundation of the resistance work needed in these times?  Using ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ we'll explore what may be that bridge.”

o   Immediate past-President of the UUCF, Kim Hampton splits her time between St. Louis and Boston in her work as a consultant. Currently, Kim is doing research on the theological implications of continuing trauma and dithering on deciding if she is going to pursue PhD work.

·      5:00 PM: Break

·      5:15 PM: Hymn Sing

o   Gather together in song, with Christian favorites both old and new.

·      6:00 PM Dinner

o   Provided by Mama J’s Kitchen. Mama J’s is family-owned, and is Richmond’s premier soul food restaurant.  You can find them at: http://mamajskitchen.com/

·      7:00 PM Documentary, “Elisabeth of Berlin”

o   Filmmaker, the Rev. Steven Martin, presenting

o   This groundbreaking film was created especially for the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi’s “Night of Broken Glass,” which many mark as the beginning of the Holocaust. After witnessing the violence of this pogrom against Germany’s Jews, Elisabeth Schmitz knew that life could no longer continue normally: her Christian faith compelled her to put her own life at risk in order to live on behalf of others.

Her most important writing was a twenty-four page memorandum that described, in detail, hardships endured by Jews across Germany. It was written to church leadership in order to urge them to take action. Because writing something like this was illegal in those days, she wrote it anonymously. Although it was well-known after the war was over, an archivist attributed its authorship to someone else.

Elisabeth Schmitz was forgotten until her handwritten draft was discovered in a dusty church basement in her hometown.

Elisabeth of Berlin features interviews with:
-Bishop Wolfgang Huber, Evangelical Church of Germany
-David Gushee, Professor, Mercer University, and co-founder of the New Evangelical Partnership
-Rudolf Weckerling, oldest surviving pastor of the Confessing Church, eyewitness
-Andreas Pangritz, Professor, Bonn University
-Gerhard Luedecke, discoverer of the handwritten draft of her denkschrift
-students and friends of Elisabeth Schmitz

This film is part biography, part historical narrative, and part detective story. It has brought fascination and inspiration to adults and children alike. Above all this film shows us the importance of always broadening our circle of friendships, especially during dangerous times.

o   In addition to over twenty years of pulpit ministry within the United Methodist Church, Steve also ran an independent media company for eight years, and for the last several years has served as Director of Communications and Development at the National Council of Churches.  He serves on the Board of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.  A documentary filmmaker, as well as “Elisabeth of Berlin,” Steve’s other films about faithful responses to the Holocaust include “Theologians Under Hitler” and “God with Us.”  An earlier documentary, “Muslims in Appalachia,” was used widely as a resource after the rise in Islamophobia following 9/11.  Steve has led many tours of the Holy Land, visiting ancient Biblical sites and meeting current justice-workers, including the 2017 UU Christian Fellowship tour; he will lead another tour for the UU Christian Fellowship in October 2018.

·      8:00 Panel Discussion on “Elisabeth of Berlin”

o   Rev. Steve Martin and other human rights workers will lead discussion on the example of Elisabeth Schmitz and the implications for today.


·      8:00 AM Coffee and Light Breakfast

·      9:00 AM Worship: “To Save the Ones Who Serve”

o   Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, preaching from Luke 10: 38-42

o   Featuring Rev. D. Kay Logan and Nu Beginning gospel choir

o   When Jesus came to the home of Martha, he found her to be distracted and busy, bustling about in endless activity. “You are anxious and troubled about many things,” he reminded her.  But only one thing is needful in the midst of it all.  Only one thing will save the ones who serve. In these anxious times when resistance moves through our own busy hands, what is most needful? 

o   Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd serves as Senior Minister at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland.  She has pastored and preached to congregations throughout Maryland, Virginia and Illinois during 14 years of parish ministry. Committed to building diverse and effective movements for change, she’s a national and local leader in the Industrial Areas Foundation. With a longstanding curiosity about the intersections of idealism, utopianism, and liberal religion, she’s finishing up her first book on the subject with Skinner House Press.  She lives in Bethesda with two sage-like small children, a spouse who loves church and a badly-behaved cat.

o   Rev. D. Kay Logan and Nu Beginning serve God through song.  Hear them here: https://www.facebook.com/thenubeginningexp/videos/10150746769690504/

·      10:00 AM Break

·      10:15 AM “Kingdom-Ethics”

o   Rev. Dr. Jerome C. Ross, presenting

o   Since 1993, Dr. Ross has served as Pastor of Providence Park Baptist Church (Richmond, VA).  For the decade before that, he served as Pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church (Virginia Beach, VA).  He has served as Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Randolph-Macon College and also Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Samuel De Witt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University.  His doctoral dissertation from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 was entitled “The Composition of the Holiness Code (Lev. 17-26).”

·      11:15 AM Break

·      11:30 AM “Respectable Church People and the Kingdom of God”

o   Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, presenting

o   “The Kingdom of God, as Jesus taught it, was always on its way.  And the Kingdom, it turns out, is a pretty wild place.  Up is down and down is up and camels are bumping up against the eyes of a thousand needles. If we are to build the Kingdom (or the Kin-dom) of God on Earth, how can we move beyond the privileged performance of respectability that holds us back? Can we let go of illusions of our own perfection long enough to move into this wild topsy-turvy, messy, weedy world of the spirit?”

·      12:30 Lunch

o   Provided by Mama J’s Kitchen. Mama J’s is family-owned, and is Richmond’s premier soul food restaurant.  You can find them at: http://mamajskitchen.com/

·      1:30 PM “Enough of This”

o   Dr. John Kinney, presenting, drawing from Luke 22:15

o   Dr. Kinney is nationally known as a prolific scholar and a “powerful vessel with a prophetic voice.”  With an MDiv from Virginia Union University, an M.Phil. degree from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in New York, Dr. Kinney has served on the faculties of Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois; Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Virginia; Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia; and the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.  As Dean of the School of Theology at Virginia Union University, Dr. Kinney’s leadership saw the creation of the Doctor of Ministry degree, as well as the Master of Arts in Christian Education; in recognition of the success of his tenure, in 2013, he was named Senior Vice President of the University.  He has lectured and served in ministry all over the world, including establishing theological education centers in Ghana and Zambia.  His thoughts are included in several publications and crystallized in Baptists against Racism in an article entitled The Theology of Fallenness: The Roots of Racism.

·      2:30 PM Break

·      2:45 PM Closing Worship

o   The Rev. Kathleen C. Rolenz, preaching

o   “The Reverend Kathleen C. Rolenz has served Unitarian Universalist congregations since 1993. She is currently Interim Senior Minister at the UU Church of Annapolis.  Before that, the Interim Senior Minister at the Fox Valley UU Fellowship in Appleton, Wisconsin; prior to that, she served as senior co-minister with the Rev. Wayne Arnason at West Shore UU Church in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the author and/or co-editor of four books by Skinner House: Restored to SanitySources of our FaithWorship that Works and Christian Voices.  This year, readers can look forward to Kathleen’s latest work, The Free-Thinker's Bible: A Guide for the Curious, The Contemptuous and the Already Convinced. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Revival 2018 will feature these inspirational leaders:

  Rev. D. Kay Logan & Nu Beginning

Rev. D. Kay Logan & Nu Beginning

  Rev. Sherman Logan

Rev. Sherman Logan

  Rev. Jake Morrill

Rev. Jake Morrill

  Dr. John Kinney

Dr. John Kinney

  Rev. Nancy Ladd

Rev. Nancy Ladd

  Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

  Rev. Dr. Jerome C. Ross

Rev. Dr. Jerome C. Ross

  Kimberly Hampton

Kimberly Hampton

  Rev. George Kimmich Beach

Rev. George Kimmich Beach

  Rev. Steve Martin

Rev. Steve Martin

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your refund policy?
Refunds requested prior to March 1 will be returned.  After that, we're not able to provide refunds.  To request a refund, please email UUCF Executive Director, Jake Morrill, at revjakebmorrill@gmail.com.

Where should I stay in Richmond?
There are quite a few hotels located downtown, a short drive to the church. Also AirBnB.com or VRBO.com may have some options near 1000 Blanton Ave, Richmond, VA 23221.

Is there a dress code? What should I pack?
Dress as you are comfortable, knowing that the Revival will incorporate times of worship and fellowship, and that different people will undoubtedly have different style and standards of dress.

Is the Revival appropriate for children?
While the hymn-sing and Saturday worship will be appropriate for all ages, most of the conference will be presentations on various aspects of theology.  Bring your kids, if you think that will entice them!

Is there childcare at the Revival?
If childcare would help you attend, please let us know (email revjakebmorrill@gmail.com).  If there's a critical mass, we'll make it happen.  Whatever the case, we'll do our best to work with you.

How can I purchase a ticket for a friend?
Great question! If you purchase a ticket under your name, simply email us at revjakebmorrill@gmail.com and let us know who you'd like to gift the ticket to. We can create a personalized gift certificate you can send them, and we'll update our records to welcome your gift recipient!

I have another question, who should I reach out to?
Email revjakebmorrill@gmail.com with the subject line: Question about 2018 Revival and we'll get back to you ASAP!