Religious Education Notes

Changes in the New Year As we move into 2022, we are making a few changes to our RE offerings. Now that elementary aged kids are able to get vaccinated, we will be allowing them inside masked for the beginning of their class time together in room 9 just inside the back door. In January, […]

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Religious Education Notes

The Times They Are A-Changing The availability of vaccines for kids over five years old is an exciting development. Recognizing that it will take time for the elementary-aged kids to become fully vaccinated with both doses, we hope to begin 2022 by offering some activity options inside the church. We’ll finish out 2021 with those […]

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Religious Education Notes

We are All Connected Each Sunday morning when the elementary aged children gather together outside the church for their religious education class, opportunities abound for deeper connections between one another and with the earth. Our kids are hearing an engaging story each week containing  messages about values such as persistence, courage, humility and kindness. Discussions […]

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Religious Education Notes

RE Is Starting! With the cool breeze through my window this morning, I am reminded that it is indeed fall and that means it’s time to start RE! I have so enjoyed seeing children and youth come back to church over the past few weeks.  Watching the children taking full advantage of the new outdoor […]

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Religious Education Notes

Kindness and Grace We are living in the midst of such uncertain times. Uncertainty tends to stir up anxiety and fear in many people. It makes it harder to navigate the difficult decisions we face with skillfulness and compassion. Do we go out or stay home? In what situations should we mask or not? Do […]

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Religious Education Notes

Keepers of the Earth As the effects of climate change continue to be felt around the world, fostering an alternative way of relating to the earth is imperative. As an educator, I’ve always valued those ‘Aha’ moments when a connection is made or deeper understanding is experienced. This is especially true with children and is […]

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RE Work Day

Everyone is invited to join in on the fun to help us prepare our spaces to gather in person this fall at church. We will gather together to assemble play equipment, as well as spruce up the building and grounds into a welcoming space for all ages to gather together again. We’re providing pizza for […]

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Religious Education Notes

Summertime! As restaurants and bars are increasing capacity and other venues reopen, it can feel as though we are “getting back to normal” in terms of in-person activities. Many of us are feeling relief as Covid numbers decrease, and the freedom to be out and about once again. Others of us are still struggling for […]

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Religious Education Notes

Bridging and Change Our seniors are bridging out this spring and we are brainstorming ideas about how to offer in-person RE next fall. We’re thinking outside of the box! Outside is the key word because we are planning to create new outdoor spaces for learning and play. Vaccinations are not yet available for children nor […]

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Religious Education Notes

#No More Hate Rally May 16 at 3:00 pm at Bronson Park Black Lives Matter and Asian Pacific Islander American groups in Kalamazoo are collaborating to organize this intersectional rally to stand together against the insidious racism so prevalent against black people, indigenous people and people of color. I’d love to see a huge turnout […]

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