Religious Education Corner

30 January 2017

Well, it looks like we’ve reached mid-year-point in our Religious Education program. We’ve just concluded an 8-week cycle featuring guest speakers representing seven world religions and the critical issue of social justice:

Tibetan Buddhism
Judaism
Hinduism
Unitarian Universalism, with Barbara Creek from our own congregation
Christianity
Baha’i
Islam
Reverend Harold Straughn, speaking in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King

Beginning in February and running through the end of March, we’ll embark on an 8-week cycle of arts-infused curricula for our RE children, ages 5-11. Please note that Arts classes will be suspended on Sunday February 19 (President’s Day Weekend), but we will continue with our Sandwich Sunday Project, and will provide alternative activities for children attending service on that Sunday.

And speaking of Sandwich Sunday, food donations are always appreciated for this project. Specifically, that means sliced cheese, loaves of bread, chips or pretzels, cookies, fruit snacks, small carrots and pre-packaged drinks. Donations may be dropped off Sunday 2/19 in the little RE Kitchen on the main floor near the Little Chapel. If you can donate, please advice Lissa or Julie prior to 2/19: or .

Our religious/academic year concludes with an 8-to-9 week cycle of traditional UU curricula, along with a session of Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for first and second graders. OWL registration for this group begins on Sunday February 12 and closes on Sunday March 5. Classes start April 2 and end May 28. Registration will be available online or in person starting February 12 at the RE Table in Eliot Hall. A donation of $25.00 per student is suggested to cover curriculum costs; a parent or guardian is required to attend these classes with their child/children.

Junior Choir sings this Sunday at the 11am service only. Rehearsal for Junior Choir members will be in the Choir Room prior to the performance, from 10:15 to 10:45am.

Family Fun Night resumes Monday February 6, with dinner from 6-6:30 followed by a presentation with our own Reverend Tom Goldsmith, from 6:30-7:30. Reverend Tom reveals “The Inside Scoop on Our Church’s History.” Childcare will be offered 6:30-7:30 for infants and toddlers through age 4. An activity will be planned for 5-12 year olds.

The Religious Education Council meets Sunday March 12 from 12:30-2. This meeting is open to staff and members of the congregation who are interested in programs and services for our youth. We’ll cover topics including a budget update, curricula review for next year and organization and structure of the Council for 2017-1018.

We welcome new members to our congregation and look forward to getting to know you and your family.

In service,
Julie Miller

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