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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

Children's Illustrators! Please apply to provide artwork for the stories in Tapestry of Faith Kindergarten/Grade 1 curricula. See our Request for Proposals for details. Applications are due April 10, 2015.

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

Selma, 1965! is the theme of the Families pages (PDF) in UU World'. Find a Story for All Ages about the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and guidance to engage families and young people with our contemporary struggle against persistent, institutional racism. 

Prepare for tour Fahs Sunday. The April Faith Development Office webinar will introduce materials and ideas from the Fahs Collaborative in time for your congregation to use in your plans.Join Mark Hicks and Halcyon Westall online either Tuesday April 14 at 1 pm or Wed. April 15 at 9 pm (Eastern time). Register online today.

More webinars! Archived webinars of special interest to religious educators: the March webinar on ways to mark Easter in a theologically diverse, multigenerational congregation; February's webinar on UUA programs to help congregational staff increase financial security; January's webinar on youth justice and service programs of the UU College of Social Justice; the December, 2014 webinar on professional development for religious educators.  

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 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); download a study guide for congregations.

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 (PDF) 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.

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

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