It’s hard to believe that Spring is close at hand and we are approaching the final quarter of our Religious Education program for 2016-2017.
Our theme for RE in 2017-2018 will be “Faith in Action” with an emphasis on the Golden Rule as it is reflected in religions worldwide. We plan to examine diverse cultures and find ways to embrace diverse peoples and backgrounds.
Perhaps one of the best ways to help our students navigate through these goals is through Social Justice projects, meaning activities and curricula that will help students develop a mindset of concern for inequities in wealth, education and privilege.
We’ll be working on projects that empower our children through awareness, advocacy and activism. Ultimately, we should be able to help our youth make connections between Unitarian history, culture, science and economics. Our upper-grade students, of course, will continue on their journey of self-reflection and openness.
Travel plans for our upper-level RE program is expected to shift to an every-other-year basis, with out-of-state travel one year followed by a year of social justice outreach in our own backyard.
Just around the Corner in RE…
2/19/17 - Sandwich Sunday for younger RE children 2/26/17 - Pancake Fundraiser event for YRUU after each service 2/28/17 - Applications for RE Youth Advisor closes 3/19/17 - RE Council meets, location TBA 4/2/17 - Return to traditional curriculum for lower grades (PreK-5) through May 28
In Service, Julie Miller Director, Religious Education
First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City is seeking a creative, enthusiastic and dedicated individual to serve as a Youth Program Assistant. We are an urban, liberal church located near the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and are committed to social justice and spiritual growth.
Our Religious Education programs are designed to provide children and youth with a safe and supportive environment in which they can learn and grow, connect with other children and explore their own latent creativity and developing spirituality.
We believe this is accomplished through hands-on learning, exploration of age-appropriate materials and engagement with various forms of the fine- and performing arts. Our classroom encounters are built around compassion, inclusion, respect for life and community engagement.
This position will be advertised within the Church and to the community at large. The application period for this position closes Monday February 27, 2017.
• Ten-month position, mid-August through mid-June
• Reports to Director of Religious Education and Senior Minister
• Supervises volunteer youth mentors and volunteer teachers
• Education: College degree
• Experience: 2 or more years of professional and/or volunteer experience working with youth in an educational or religious environment
• Background check is mandatory
• Commensurate with knowledge, skills and abilities
• Range: $15-$17/hr for 20 hours/week; no benefits provided
• Position starts August 10, 2017 (start date may be flexible)
• Collaborate with the Director of Religious Education (DRE) and current RE Assistant to ensure an engaging Sunday curriculum focusing on religious exploration, social justice, UU Principles, leadership development and adult partnerships
• Supervise teen activities with some weeknight and/or weekend hours required
• Assist in recruitment, training and supervision of volunteer teachers and mentors
• Attend weekly staff meetings and RE committee meetings as applicable
• Recruit youth for program expansion
• Foster connections among youth participants of all ages
• Interface with congregation at appropriate times regarding the RE program
• Maintain program supplies for youth programs within budget constraints
• Utilize electronic and printed communication channels to advise the UU community regarding events and programs
• Facilitate and encourage frequent communication among volunteer teachers, parents and youth regarding our RE program
• Maintain close contact with the DRE and RE Assistant
• Being a good listener and maintaining a positive attitude
• Experience with special needs children and youth
• Familiarity with social media and appropriate use of these tools
• Comfortable in a collaborative team dynamic
• Knowledge of Unitarian Universalist principles and values
• Sensitivity to the unique needs youth and adults from divergent backgrounds
Working Environment/Physical Activities
• Participation in camping, outdoor sports and service trips
• Willingness to sleep on floors or couches at youth conferences
• Willingness to participate on youth overnights with consecutive hours of lost sleep
• Able to coach, mentor and connect with youth and their families
• Sensitive to, and respectful of, confidential and personal information
Julie Miller, Director of Religious Education, First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City