Our K-6th and 11-12th grade classes are exploring a variety of world religious traditions this year. As Unitarian Universalists, you may wonder why we study world religions. Our goals in learning about World Religions in our religious education classes include:
- To provide a window into the living process of religions
- To approach this viewing of religion in a way that will encourage understanding instead of judging
- To provide age-appropriate and interesting ways for our students to learn about these traditions
- To show that religion is an intrinsic part of our daily lives
- To understand how UU values are shared with other faiths and traditions.
In October our children learned about some of the many Gods and Goddesses, ideas and rituals found in Hinduism. In November will be exploring Buddhism. Check out the classroom doors for the updated “What We Did Today” sheets so you can ask your child about what they learned and experienced in class.
Our hope is that we can minimize misconceptions as well as expose our children and youth to the richness found throughout the world in how people seek answers to the age old questions of why we are here and how can we best relate to each other and to the known and unknown mysteries found in the world.
Hindu Temple Visit
Our 11th and 12th grade class had a wonderful visit to the Indo-American Cultural Center and Temple to complement their study of Hinduism. We experienced Hindu worship, a religious education class and a wonderful lunch of Indian food. Everyone was very warm and welcoming during our visit. It was a very interesting and enjoyable experience. We will be visiting the Grand Rapids Zen Center and Buddhist Temple on Nov. 19.
Every Sunday in November, our K-6th grade RE Classes will end by noon and all the kids will go to Room 9 to sing together for 10-15 minutes to prepare for the Winter Holiday Intergenerational service scheduled for Dec. 3rd.
Parents can pick their kids up by 12:15 at Room 9 in the back hallway for the month of November.
Who: All 9-12th graders
What: Super Fun Youth Group
When: 2nd Sundays 12:30-2:30
Where: Lunch in kitchen/youth group in room L2
All high school students are invited to participate in our monthly youth group where we gather for fellowship, games, worship, food and activities.
Questions? Contact Scott Weber at email@example.com
Nov. 3, 6:00 pm – Nov. 4, 9:00 am
ll parents of K-6th graders are invited to enjoy a family potluck dinner to kick off the sleepover. Kids will enjoy face painting, games, movies and a haunted house put on by our teens. Your child will not want to miss out on this favorite night of the year for many People’s kids!
Parents, please bring a kid-friendly dish to pass and sign up to help with setup or clean-up or to lead an activity. Middle and high school youth are invited to join the potluck and then help set up and run the haunted house. Halloween costumes optional.
Sign up in the lobby at church. Questions? Contact Mary Kate Webster at 269-501-3854 or firstname.lastname@example.org