Our Jewish and Christian Heritage
This past year our religious education classes explored World Religions. They learned about the basic beliefs, rituals and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Paganism, Taoism, Judaism and Christianity. Our 11th & 12th graders enjoyed field trips to various houses of worship to experience these faiths first hand. (See bulletin board across from Rachel’s office for fun pics of these adventures.)
As Unitarian Universalists, our faith is rooted in the liberal Christian tradition. While many UUs no longer espouse all the dogma, we do carry on many of the traditions and rituals, many of which are apparent in the form of our worship. This coming year, our children and youth will be more deeply exploring these roots in our RE classes.
In order to be a religiously literate person in this day and age, it is important to have a basic knowledge of bible stories and Christian teachings. This is especially true in this country where, in so many ways, American culture is steeped in Christian identity.
All of the world’s religions share many values and ideas about how to be a good person. Much of the current discord in our world today stems from different interpretations of religious texts, including the bible and the Koran. We hope to introduce our children and youth to biblical stories and teachings from Unitarian Universalist perspective to explore the relevant values these stories can teach us today.
As people from the religious right use bible verses to justify bigotry, hate and exclusion, it is important for our UU youth to understand the context from which these verses are taken so they can more effectively articulate their own views and positions.
As always, we hope to inspire the desire to be a good people and bring more love into the world and there are many stories and teachings in the bible that offer examples and inspiration to that end.
May each of us connect with the sources that inspire us to be our best selves as we navigate the many challenges prevalent in our world today!
Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director
Wonder, Kindness, Empathy and Compassion
Summer Sundays, 10:45 – Noon
Our summer religious education program is using various storybooks to help children learn about kindness and empathy for themselves and each other. The titles include We’re All Wonders, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and I’m Gonna Like Me.
Through fun games, crafts, songs, and outside activities, we will build community together, deepen relationships with one another, and examine the impact our words and actions have in the world.
Summer RE provides exciting opportunities for children to make new friends. While the activities may appeal most to elementary-aged kids, we often have tweens and teens join us. Led by Mary Kate Webster and Cary Betz Williams, much fun is had by all in these meaningful sessions.
The nursery is open for babies through preschoolers. Grandchildren are always welcome. Summer RE activities are held during the service time; please bring children to Room 9 before the service begins.
Curriculum Binder Assembly Help Needed!
Anyone willing to help us copy and collate curriculum binders is welcome to join in on the fun!
Please let Diane Melvin know if you could spare a few hours some afternoon in mid August to help with this project at firstname.lastname@example.org. THANKS!
RE Teacher Orientation
Saturday Sept. 8, 1:00-4:30 PM
Thank you to everyone who agreed to teach RE next year; please save the date in your calendar to attend the teacher training!