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How does the Religious Education Covenant process occur?
A request for the process comes via application form from the local congregational board, religious educator and parish minister (where there is one). A facilitator is contracted, a date is scheduled and communication with the congregation begins, including a confirmation letter, checklists of responsibilities, sample publicity articles, and theological reflection questions for the religious professionals. The process itself includes a day-long Saturday workshop and a celebratory service on Sunday honoring the various covenants.
What is the cost of this service?
Costs include an honorarium of $500 for the facilitator that includes preparation, weekend facilitation, and follow-up contact after the process. In addition, travel and lodging expenses, supplies, phone, and copying expenses are paid by the congregation. Occasionally, trained facilitators may ask to bring a co-facilitator or facilitator-in-training to assist. In most cases this would not be at an additional cost to the congregation, and would be arranged in advance.
Why should we covenant?
The process not only outlines mutual hopes for excellence in religious education and clarifies accountabilities, but it also helps the congregation to see its investment in the RE program. This focus helps to elevate the status of children and youth within the congregation, as well as the volunteer RE staff. This process also recognizes and affirms the worth of the professional religious educator's work. Being in right relationship and treating paid professionals well is consistent with our UU principles and values.
When should we consider requesting a Covenanting for Excellence in Religious Education process?
You should consider this process if any of the following apply: the congregation is experiencing significant growth or change; you wish to recognize a healthy climate in which lifespan learning might flourish; you want to further right relationship with existing staff; you want to express your commitment to lifespan learning and to your religious educator.
What are the recommendations for participating in the Covenanting for Excellence in Religious Education process?
Who do I contact for more information about Covenanting for Excellence in Religious Education?
Contact the District Executive or Program Consultant serving your district.
For more information contact congservices @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
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