Laura I. Shennum                                                                    


2012                            Masters of Divinity                                            Meadville Lombard Theological School

1999                            Graduate work in Anthropology                   Univ. of NE – Lincoln

1998                            B.A. Anthropology & Sociology                    Mills College   Oakland, CA

1994                           A. A. General Education                                    Merritt College  Oakland, CA

1990                           High School Diploma                                         Central High School Omaha, NE


Professional Training:

Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals                                      Fall 2011

Professional Boundaries & Conduct                                                       Spring 2011

Teacher Development Renaissance Module                                       Spring 2008

Safety Certificate in Sexual Abuse Prevention                                   Spring 2008

Pastoral Care Module                                                                                    Fall 2008

Our Whole Lives (Elementary, Jr & Sr High)Training                      Fall 2007, Spring 2008

Balancing Acts Course                                                                                  Fall 2007

Employment History:

Present               Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship   Developmental Minister

2010 to 2012   Unitarian Church of Lincoln           Intern Minister

Summer 2010      Nebraska Medical Center               Chaplain Intern

2007 to 2009       Second Unitarian Church               Director of Religious Education

Facilitated Workshops:

Anti-Racism/Anti-oppression/Multicultural “Mirrors of Privilege”

Pastoral Associates Visioning Retreat

Religious Education Visioning Retreat (Children and Youth)

Staff Retreats

Shared Ministry: Leading with Spirituality, Prairie Star District Conference 2011

Safe Congregation Workshops for Religious Education Volunteers, Board Members,

            Congregation, Children, and Prairie Star District Conference 2009 Attendees.

End of Life Decisions

Teacher Development

Tapestry of Faith – Spirit In Practice, Faith Like a River

Youth Parent Group

Elementary Parent Group

Difficult Conversations Workshop

Church Policy Developed:

Safe Congregation, Childcare, Alcohol and Conflict Resolution

Volunteer Work:

2010 to 2012               Meadville Lombard Student Govt.       Co-President, Communications officer

2009 to 2010               InCommon Community Development Community Resource Developer

2008 to 2009               PTO President                                     Parkview Heights Elementary, NE

2008 to 2011               Program Committee                            Camp StarTrail – Prairie Star District

2008 to 2009               Conference Planning Comm.              Prairie Star District

2006 to 2007               Dir. Of Religious Ed                           Second Unitarian Church, NE

2005 to 2006               Chair of Family Enrichment               Second Unitarian Church, NE

2003 to 2004               Teacher Assistant                                Skytown Co-Op Preschool, CA

2002 to 2004               Program Developer                             El Cerrito Co-Op Preschool, CA

2001 to 2002               Teen Mom Mentor                              Child Saving Institute, NE

Professional Organizations: UUMA

Awards: Meadville Lombard Roberta Nelson Prize for Religious Education  and Faculty Prize for Religious Leadership