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  • 5 Values of Great Teams

    You might not think that an historic resort on an isolated island would be the perfect place to talk about dynamic, innovative and faithful teamwork; but you’d be wrong! Last summer, 160 UUs came together for Lifespan Religious Education Week on Star Island and had a...
    12/11/2015
  • Multigenerational Faith Community: Everyone Included!

    Overwhelmingly, Unitarian Universalist faith communities want to be more inclusive of all ages, but aren’t sure how to do it. Creating intentional multigenerational communities means doing things differently. It means thinking creatively and constantly asking, are we considering...
    By Pat Kahn | 10/15/2015
  • You Don't Gotta Catch 'Em All

    For several years, my family and I participated in the Birmingham Hospitality Network, a non-profit that worked to provide shelter space for families who lost a home. The families are hosted by congregations. Congregation members volunteer to provide meals. My family would pick...
    By Jessica York | 7/24/2015
  • Makerspace: A New Way in Religious Education

    By Joy Berry Ask adults what they remember from Sunday School and you’ll hear memories of doing. That convinces me that religious education (RE) should be as hands-on, innovative, and creative as possible. Like Makerspaces. Around the country, “Maker Culture” is...
    6/25/2015
  • Paying RE Teachers Can Boost Attendance ...and Attract Volunteers

    By Karen Brown When I started my vocation as a Director of Religious Education twenty years ago, recruiting teachers was in my job description. No problem. Parents and other members of the congregation stepped up and volunteered. I continued to have a positive experience of...
    5/5/2015
  • Who Said UU History Can’t Be Fun?

    The first completely online Renaissance module, UU History, has now been offered four times, including the field test in 2013. Participants have given glowing reports on the online learning format as well as the breadth and depth of the module’s content. It seems that using...
    By Pat Kahn | 3/15/2015
  • Religion in Life: Engaging Today's UU Girl Scouts

    By Alicia LeBlanc “I will try my best to be…” -- Religion in Life for Girl Scouts (4th edition) Do you advise Girl Scouts in your congregation? Were you a Girl Scout in your youth? If you’re a young person reading this, are you a Girl Scout? If you’re not…...
    10/7/2014
  • Remembering Gene Navias

    By Liz Strong [Editors' note: The Rev. Eugene Barnett Navias, who died August 17, 2014, served the UUA as a religious education (RE) field consultant for nearly 20 years, then as Director of the UUA Religious Education Department (1982-1993). He gave us...
    9/15/2014
  • Love Reaches Out... through Shared Story

    “Will you be part of the Gay-Straight Dialogue group?” It was the mid-1980s and I had just become the Director of Religious Education (DRE) at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, MA. The Reverend Janet Bowering, after deep reflection, had decided that her...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 6/24/2014
  • Between the Logs, Spaces for Collaboration: Report from 2013 LREDA Fall Conference

    What makes a fire burn? Mark Hicks, Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School, reminds us that it is the spaces between the logs. If you pile the wood too densely, it will not burn. For most religious educators, autumn is a dense...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 10/23/2013
  • Education for the Religious Educator: What's New with the UUA Renaissance Program?

    Looking for opportunities for professional development or continuing education? Check out the UUA’s Renaissance program! The Renaissance program has a distinguished tradition of on-site training for religious educators, musicians, lay leaders, seminarians, and parish...
    By Pat Kahn | 10/14/2013
  • Subversive Ideas in Children's Books

    In her 2013 Minns lecture, Sticking with Stories: Unitarianism and the Creation of Children’s Literature, Rev. Andrea Greenwood described the emergence of books for children as a genre separate from mainstream literature. One unintended consequence of this separation, which I...
    By Pat Kahn | 8/29/2013
  • Parents and “Fellow-Laborers”

    Many UUs, if not most, are familiar with William Ellery Channing and what he said about “the great end in religious instruction” because they are familiar with the responsive reading of that name, Reading 652 in the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook, Singing the Living...
    By Pat Kahn | 7/29/2013
  • RDO at GA 2013!

    At the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) 2013 General Assembly (GA) in Louisville, KY last month, the Resource Development Office (RDO) kicked off our programming with a workshop, Journey to Commitment, on how congregations put the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith programs...
    By Pat Kahn | 7/10/2013
  • The Wind in Both Ears

    One of my favorite quotes, one that guides my religious and spiritual life, comes from Universalist religious educator and minister Angus H. MacLean (1892-1969). A Presbyterian Canadian farm boy of Scottish heritage from Nova Scotia, MacLean grew up to be a beloved professor and...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 6/1/2013
  • Summer! Open the Door to Wild and Wonderful RE Programming

    In the desultory days of summer, it’s common for faith communities to abandon the structure of the congregational year. Worship attendance may slide. Religious professionals may take vacation from their usual duties. Yet many of us have the energy and need to stay connected....
    By Susan Lawrence | 6/1/2013
  • Boston Marathon 2013—What Story to Tell Children... and Ourselves

    [The day before our blog was set to launch, explosions at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line killed three people and injured at least 100. Our scheduled first post, on awakening our environmental stewardship on Earth Day, will appear later this week. —Editors] My son Owen,...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 4/16/2013
  • Are You a Religious Educator? Then, Welcome!

    Faith development happens all the time. From a young age and continuing over a lifetime, our moral, ethical, spiritual, and religious self is shaped by encounters we experience, and our own responses. Religious education, however, is something different. It is ...
    By Susan Lawrence | 4/16/2013

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