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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

Have you seen the movie, Selma? A new, youth-friendly discussion guide from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) can be a good way to share the experience with youth and/or adults in your faith community. Use the one-hour workshop; use the extension ideas if you have more time.

Nominations are open for the 2015 Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education. Please review the award criteria and nominate a candidate by March 15, 2015 following the instructions provided online.

For Religious Educators Seeking Greater Financial Security -- a webinar offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Office of Church Staff Finance and the Faith Development Office (FDO) at no charge on Tues, February 24 at 1 pm, repeated February 26 at 9 pm (Eastern time). Register here.

More webinars! In March, Gail Forsyth-Vail leads sharing about ways to honor Easter in a theologically diverse UU faith community; participate Tues. March 17 at 1 pm or Wed. March 18 at 9 pm. Archived webinars of special interest to religious educators: January's webinar on 2015 youth justice and service programs offered by the UU College of Social Justice; the December, 2014 webinar on professional development for religious educators. Find webinar archives and registration on the UUA website.  

Chalice Children, the Unitarian Universalist preschool curriculum introduced by Katie Covey in 1998, is now updated and published online for congregations to use at no charge. Thirty-seven one-hour sessions are presented in four thematic units and one unit of holidays.

A new discussion guide (PDF) to the Skinner House book by Susan Ritchie, Children of the Same God, helps Unitarian Universalist (UU) groups explore our religious roots in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

Does--or could--your congregation do military ministry? The one-hour recording of the November 2014 FDO webinar demonstrates why and how your congregation might welcome servicepeople, veterans, families, and others involved with the military. The Military Ministry Toolkit for Congregations has video clips and a workshop guide to get you started. A recent Beacon Press "UU Reads" selection was Soul Repair: Recovery from Moral Injury After War (Beacon, 2012); find a study guide for congregations here

Brave love can mean standing up to a bully, being an ally to a person or group being treated unfairly, or marching for civil rights. Explore UU ways to show "brave love" in the Winter 2014 UU World Families pages and on the website of the social justice campaign, Standing on the Side of Love.

A UUA Common Read may be the ideal adult faith development program for your congregation. Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in The Public Square by Paul Rasor (Skinner House, 2012) is this year's Common Read and a UUA Discussion Guide is now available (PDF, 20 pages).

Virtual gatherings for UUs of Color are convened monthly, online, by Jessica York, UUA Faith Development Director, and emerging lay leaders. Adults, young adults, and youth of Color are invited to create community within our faith. Email youthprograms [at] uua [dot] org for more information.

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