SWUUWCon 2019

Good-bye, Hot Springs! SWUUWCon 2019 misses you already!

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Keynote Speaker

Vice-Mayor of Little Rock, AR Kathy Webb

Kathy Webb

Kathy Webb is the Executive Director of the AR Hunger Relief Alliance and the Vice Mayor of Little Rock. The Alliance is the statewide umbrella organization for Feeding America food banks, food pantries and agencies, and hunger activists, the lead partner for the AR No Kid Hungry Campaign, and the education and advocacy clearinghouse on hunger issues in Arkansas. Webb was elected to the Little Rock City Board in 2014, and was elected to serve as Vice Mayor by her colleagues in January, 2017.

Webb represents Ward 3 on the Little Rock City Board, and is the liaison to the Arts and Culture Commission, the Midtown Redevelopment Commission, and the Children, Youth and Families Commission. She is Vice-Chair of the Capital City Crime Prevention Task Force, and President of the Arkansas Cinema Society. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church.

Webb became Executive Director of the Alliance in 2012. Webb has long been active in the fight against hunger, working with the Alliance and the Legislative Hunger Caucus. The mission of the Alliance allows Webb to pursue her passion of providing immediate support for those in need as well as fighting for systemic change. In 2013, she received the National Advocate of the Year Leadership Award from Share Our Strength. The competitive award was given to Webb based on her tireless efforts on Share Our Strength's behalf, in the fight to end childhood hunger. 

 She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College with a BA in Political Science. Prior to becoming Executive Director of the Alliance, Webb co-owned Lilly's Dim Sum, Then Some. Webb lives with Maggie, her rescue dog, and Carl and Dash, her Katrina cats. 


Christine DeMeo and Cassie Lea Ford

christine demeo cassie lea ford

 Christine DeMeo is a full-time Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Performer who earns her living by doing what she loves. She started playing music at the age of 15, performing in churches and traveling around to provide music for different church camps. Before long she began to expand her musical horizons by delving into the secular music scene. She started her own band and after a while she also began playing guitar/ bass and drums for other artists: lead guitar for Maria Long, bass for Anna Jordan-Moonshine Mafia, and acoustic guitar and vocals for Ned Perme. During her musical career she has had many amazing opportunities such as singing in Carnegie Hall with National Park College Choir, traveling the United States, performing at Verizon Arena, playing multiple radio shows, and opening up for artists such as Relient K, Jars of Clay, Family Force 5, Justin Moore and Buddy Jewel.

 Cassie Lea Ford is a native to Hot Springs AR. She is married to Kyle A. Ford and is the mother to two boys, Kason and Charlie. Cassie has been surrounded by music her entire life. Currently Cassie is a Music Education Major at Henderson State University and plays professionally not only as a solo act but also with her duo partner Christine DeMeo, is a member of the Ned Perme Band, works as a studio recording vocalist for the Blue Chair Recording Studio, is the lead vocalist for the Henderson State University NuFusion Jazz band, is a part of the auditioning ensemble University Choral, and loves every opportunity she gets to collaborate with other artists. Cassie believes that by sharing her heart and her passion for music she is able to connect with others in the most beautiful of ways.


Rev. Jan K. Nielsen

RevJanNewRev. Jan grew up on a farm north of Van Buren and is a graduate of both the University of Arkansas School of Law and Harvard Divinity School. During her first year of college at Henderson State University, Jan realized that she always had been a Unitarian Universalist. Rev. Jan was ordained in 2002.

Rev. Jan and her husband, Roger Jeremiah, are the proud parents of three young adult children – Meredith, a ministry student; Hannah, an artist; and Nathan, a chef.




Feb. 22

Please note Friday dinner is on your own. The hotel has a restaurant and your welcome packet includes a listing of nearby restaurants.
3:00 pm Hotel check-in begins.
  Conference registration desk opens.
  Raffle Ticket sales begin - Proceeds support scholarship fund. Items donated by vendors.
  Silent Auction items on display.
  Bazaar opens (closed during Opening Ceremony and at 9:00pm). Each conference vendor has generously donated an item for the Raffle. Your ticket purchases help support the conference Scholarship Fund.
  Red Tent Room opens (closes at 10:00 pm). Ask for room number at Registration Table.
4:00 - 5:30 pm Hot Springs Trolley Tour - Gather in front of the hotel where trolleys will pick us up. Cost: $18 when registering.
4:00 - 7:00 pm Settling in, touring on foot, early dining time.
7:00 - 7:45 pm

Opening Ceremony - Begin finding Peace and Healing in the Valley of the Vapors.

  Reverend Jan K. Nielsen, UUCLR
After the Gather with friends or set out on your own for dinner and to explore Central Ave.
ceremony... Shop at the Bazaar until 9 pm.
  Spend time in the Red Tent Room relaxing, conversing, playing, getting a henna painting.
  Drumming on the veranda - weather permitting.

Feb. 23

6:00 - 9:00 am Complimentary breakfast buffet for Hotel Hot Springs guests. Pre-paid $12.00 breakfast tickets will be in your badge holder. If you are not staying at the hotel but wish to have breakfast here, please buy a $12 breakfast ticket when registering. 
7:00 am Yoga with Roxy Westhues - Location TBD. Bring your own mat.
All Day Registration Desk open.
  Raffle Tickets available and Silent Auction items viewable.
  Bazaar open from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm.
  Red Tent Room open until 10:00 pm.
8:30 am Welcome to your beautiful day - music and laughter.
9:00 am Opening Service (Homily) - Rev. Jan K. Nielsen, UUCLR
9:15 - 10:15 am Keynote Address - Kathy Webb, Vice-Mayor, Little Rock, AR
10:30 - 11:50 am Morning Workshop Session - AM 1
12 - 1:15 pm Luncheon, SWUUW Annual Meeting (for all conference attendees).
1:30 - 3:00 pm First Afternoon Workshop Session - PM 1
3:15 - 4:45 pm Second Afternoon Workshop Session - PM 2
5:00 - 5:30 pm Old board/New board Meeting - Location TBD
5:30 - 6:30 pm Happy Hour Reception - Cash Bar.
  Last chance to purchase Raffle Tickets.
  Place bids for Silent Auction.
6:45 - 10:00 pm Banquet Dinner
  Silent Auction
8:00 - 10:00 pm Musical Entertainment by Cassie Lea Ford and Christine DeMeo.

Feb. 24

Check out time is 11:00am. The hotel will gladly hold your bags in the lobby area until you are ready to leave.
6:00 - 9:00 am Complimentary breakfast buffet for Hotel Hot Springs guests. Pre-paid $12.00 breakfast tickets will be in your badge holder. If you are not staying at the hotel but wish to have breakfast here, please buy a $12 breakfast ticket when registering. 
7:00 am Yoga with Roxy Westhues - Location TBD. Bring your own mat.
9:00 am Closing Ceremony.
  Spiral Dance with Gretchen Ohmann.
10:30 am Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901
  Hospitality Hour is 9:30 - 10:30am in the downstairs of the UUCHS building.

Download a printable version of the schedule pdf here (76 KB) .  

Workshop selections will be filled in the order they are received.

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