CER Religious Education Trainings
The Central East Region offers a number of trainings for leaders in religious education programs in our congregations throughout the year. These trainings include Our Whole Lives Facilitator Trainings, Renaissance Modules and other trainings for religious education leaders. Youth trainings are listed in our Youth Programming Section.
Our Whole Lives Trainings
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is an excellent, comprehensive sexuality education program that offers our young people the opportunity to explore their values, gain accurate information about topics that are often not easily accessible. The overall goal of the Our Whole Lives program is to help participants gain the knowledge, values, and skills they need to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives. We are proud that our congregations recognize that in order for young people to grow into spiritually whole, mature individuals we need to address the topic of sexuality. The material on Sexuality and Our Faith connects our religious beliefs with sexuality, spirituality, and issues on justice.
The Our Whole Lives teacher training will cover the curricula for the one of three age levels - elementary, junior/senior high or young adult/adult. The goals of this workshop are to prepare the participants to implement the curriculum as well as the Sexuality and Our Faith component. Through a varied program including practice and participation activities, the trainers will cover implementation techniques, information about adolescents, curricula details, and technical information. Trainings are typically Friday evening through Sunday afternoon and include 15 hours or more of training time. To be certified as an Our Whole Lives Facilitator, one must attend the entire training.
Note, there are age requirements to be an Our Whole Live facilitator. Unitarian Universalist and Canadian Unitarian Council training participants must be at least 25 years of age to register for Elementary and Secondary trainings; at least 21 years for Young Adult/Adult. United Church of Christ and Community (all other faiths and organizations) participants must be at least 21 years of age for all levels of training.
Through the Renaissance program, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) provides education for religious educators in ten areas. Each 15-hour module provides standardized basic training in a specific area useful to religious educators and they may be taken in any order. Renaissance Modules are open to anyone interested in religious education leadership, including ministers, religious education teachers, and lay leaders. Some module topics are being offered in an online format and others are being offered in a hybrid format, with much of the material online and one face to face meeting required at the end of the module. Modules are also offered in the more traditional 2 -3 day training at a church or retreat center.
Training Planning Calendar
The planning calendar is provided to help religious educators plan their church year and recruit volunteers. The dates can also be found on our program calendar. When registration opens, details will be listed on the linked event pages.
- All Levels Our Whole Lives Training ~ June 27-29, 2017 ~ Columbia, MD (in conjunction with the UCC)
- Junior/Senior High Our Whole Lives Training ~ June 30-July 2, 2017, North Royalton, OH
- Junior/Senior High Our Whole Lives Training ~ July 7-9, 2017 ~ Buffalo, NY
- UU Identity Renaissance Module ~ five online sessions July 17-31.
- Elementary Our Whole Lives Training ~ July 28-30, 2017 ~ Lincroft, NJ
- Junior/Senior High Our Whole Lives Training ~ August 4-6, 2017 ~ Morristown, NJ
- Young Adult/Adult Our Whole Lives Training ~ August 4-6, 2017 ~ Morristown, NJ
- Elementary Our Whole Lives Training ~ August 11-13, 2017 ~ Frederick, MD
- Junior/Senior High Our Whole Lives Training ~ August 11-13, 2017 ~ Bethesda, MD
- Young Adult/Adult Our Whole Lives Training ~ August 11-13, 2017 ~ Bethesda, MD
- RE Week at the Sea ~ August 14-18, 2016 ~ Ocean Grove, NJ. This week includes several training opportunities:
- Teacher Development Renaissance Module ~ August 14-16, 2017
- Youth Service Learning Journey ~ August 14-16, 2017
- Philosophy of Religious Education Renaissance Module ~ August 16-18. 2017
- Family Ministry Training ~ August 16-18, 2017