harry_potterHarry and UU

All 2nd- through 12th-graders are invited to participate in the People’s Church School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.

Please join us as we gather together to deepen our understandings and live out our UU principles by battling the horcruxes of poverty, illiteracy, animal abuse, hunger, environmental degradation and more.

Through the care of magical creatures, potions classes, herbology, divination and defense against the dark arts we will learn about and combat some of the horcruxes and injustices in our world.

Classes begin September 18th!  You won’t want to miss this!


RE Assistants Needed!

A few more “professors” are needed to assist once or twice a month in several of our Harry Potter classes this year.  Please let Diane Melvin know if you are willing to help at re@peopleschurch.net.

I am looking forward to a new year beginning in RE.  This is my 15th year serving as your RE director and it has been quite a journey. As much as I am looking forward to launching this exciting new Harry Potter curriculum,  I am especially grateful I have been offered a sabbatical leave from January through June.

We have a strong and competent RE Committee and Sabbatical Team, both of whom are putting together plans for a smooth and meaningful year in the RE program at People’s Church.

The newsletter article I wrote last month on grief prompted an entire blog entry entitled, “Mindfully Moving through Grief.” If you are interested in reading the raw in depth version of my summer’s journey through grief you can access that post at this link. https://dianemelvinblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/moving-mindfully-through-grief/

Blessed Be ~ Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director


RE Classroom Clean-Up
Aug. 31, Sept. 1 & 2, 5:30-7:30

Many hands make light work of this important job.  Please come help us clean and organize the RE classrooms for the new church year! All ages are welcome. Pizza is provided for those who RSVP to Diane at re@peopleschurch.net.


RE Teacher Orientation
Sept. 10 from 1-4:00 pm, Room 9

All RE teachers should plan to attend this valuable orientation designed to help you have a fabulous year working with our children and youth in RE!


WMU Bronco Bash – Sangren Pedestrian Mall
Friday, Sept. 9 from 3-7:00 pm

Your help is needed to staff our Bronco Bash booth at WMU.  If you are willing to spend an hour or two talking with college students about Unitarian Universalism, please let Mackenzie Hatfield know at innerchild777@gmail.com.


 Mystic Lake UU Middle School Retreat
October 7-9, 2016

All 6th-, 7th- & 8th-graders should save the date for this incredible weekend of fun, worship and fellowship!


Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Classes

This fall we are offering age appropriate classes for 5th- & 6th-graders. We will let you know the dates and times as soon as they are determined.
The Kindergarten/1st grade class will be offered during the winter/spring of 2017.


RE Committee Update

This year the Religious Education Committee consists of nine members plus a sabbatical team liaison and two staff members. We had a great retreat to set our goals and kick off the new church year.

Heather Barsy, co-chair
Gwen Abney-Cunningham, co-chair
Heidi Johnson
Cary Betz-Williams
Jenny Henley
Chris Semelbauer
Michelle Weemhoff
Michelle Scott
Marti Peters-Sparling
Emily Cutler, Sabbatical Team Liaison
Nicky Gates, RE Program Assistant

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