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  • A Leap of Faith: Together with Presbyterian Christians

    Have you seen the Android commercial where the rock, paper, and scissors become friends? It’s the latest using the tag line, “Be Together. Not the Same.” I admit to loving these ads. My life has been full of experiences of being together with people in groups where I am...
    By Jessica York | 4/25/2016
  • Marshman and Fields Scholarship: Reflections on a Legacy

    One of the first things I did as a new religious educator in the mid-1980s was to get in contact with those who had been doing the work for years and had much to share. I lived for monthly meetings of the Mass Bay Religious Education Team. I would come home brim full of ideas,...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 3/24/2016
  • Outside the (Question) Box: Sharing Ministry in Worship

    By Chris Buja Soon after I started attending my first Unitarian Universalist congregation, in Corpus Christi, TX, I was introduced to the concept of “shared ministry.” Shared ministry recognizes that ministry—all that is done to fulfill the religious mission of...
    3/14/2016
  • Turning Wine into Water

    By Bart Frost My first congregational event as a brand new Director of Religious Education was an ordination. I was greeted with smiles, handshakes, and a keg sitting in a bucket of ice. This was my first professional gig and I had no idea about what the expectation was...
    1/25/2016
  • 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
  • "Hybrid" Renaissance Modules: Survey Says... YES!

    Last spring, 20 religious educators experienced continuing education that blended online and in-person learning in the first ever "hybrid" Renaissance module, co-led by Pat Infante and Gabrielle Farrell. The module topic was UU Adult Faith Development. The...
    By Pat Kahn | 9/1/2015
  • Channing Is Still Relevant on "the Noblest Work on Earth"

    In a previous Call and Response post (Parents and “Fellow Laborers,” July 2013), we shared advice for parents from the famous Sunday School Address by William Ellery Channing (1780-1842). The Unitarian minister also had lots to say for those who teach in our...
    By Pat Kahn | 5/25/2015
  • 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
  • A Religious Educator’s Religious Educator

    By Judith A. Frediani [Editors' note: Reverend Dr. Roberta (Bobbie) Nelson died on January 2, 2015.] In 1997, the UUA’s pioneering sexuality education program, About Your Sexuality (AYS), was under attack on national television. The CBS network had obtained a...
    1/15/2015
  • Transformative Stories: UUs and 12 Step Recovery Programs

    Addiction touches many Unitarian Universalist families, congregations, and communities. We know the pain addiction can cause, not only for an individual, but for those around them. We have seen the tenacity required to sustain recovery. Many of us have heard—or...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 1/6/2015
  • Multicultural RE Training Offers a Transformative 15 Hours

    [Editors' note: Through the Renaissance program, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) offers continuing education for UU religious educators, including musicians, ministers, seminarians, and lay leaders. Each 15-hour module provides basic training in a topic...
    By Pat Kahn | 10/27/2014
  • The Lie We Have Been Told

    No one knows better than religious educators that we are stronger together than we ever could be alone. Time and time again, you prove this to me, my colleagues -- most recently at RE Week at The Mountain. Six days in the company of religious educators, ministers, RE and...
    By Jessica York | 7/23/2014
  • 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
  • “You Know This Is Ministry, Right?”

    That is what my big brother said to me more than a decade ago. The occasion? I was hired as the Director of Religious Education at my local UU church. My brother knows something about ministry. He is a minister and bishop in the Missionary Baptist Church, married to a...
    By Jessica York | 9/18/2013

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