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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

Online-only Renaissance modules: Field tests open! Two existing Renaissance modules will be field-tested in online-only form this summer. Administration as Leadership will be co-led by Phil Lund and Tracy Beck and offered Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19, from 11am to 1pm, each day (Eastern time). The UU Identity module will be co-led by Pat Infante and Anna Bethea and offered Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29 from 1pm to 3pm, each day (Eastern time). Contact pkahn [at] uua [dot] org (subject: online%20Ren%20Mod) (Pat Kahn) to learn more and apply by July 15.

Webinar topics for June and July. The Faith Development Office will offer "Four Kinds of Fun" on June 14 or 15 and "How to Host a Renaissance Module or an Our Whole Lives Training" on July 19 or July 20. Register on the Faith Development Office Webinars page.

Learning Community: General Assembly 2016 and Beyond. Whether or not you are attending GA in Columbus, Ohio, you are invited to use the GA preparation materials to learn more about some of the important commitments and issues facing our Unitarian Universalist faith today. Check out these links and materials about interfaith partnerships, justice-making coalitions, and UU involvement and leadership in the movement for Black Lives.

Talk about The Book Thief (the movie, 2013) with youth using the new Discussion Guide (PDF, 16 pages) from the Faith Development Office of the UUA. Three 60-minute sessions include a quiz game. Film-viewing time not included in the sessions.

The Third Reconstruction by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon Press, 2016) is recommended pre-General Assembly reading for those who will attend this June. Download the UUA discussion guide (PDF) for discussion or journaling.

Can we talk about race in Religous Education (RE)? In February, 2016 four religious educators told of their initiatives, mistakes, and learning around race and racism as they worked to open conversation in their congregations. Watch the recorded webinar or read the transcript here.

Ministry with older adults. The Ages and Stages area of the UUA website offers curated resources for older adults. Explore two new Tapestry of Faith programs: Hindsight, Humor and Hope and Facing Death with Life.

The 2015-16 UUA Common Read is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. This compelling book advocates for poor people, people of color, children, and women trapped in the U.S. criminal justice system. The UU Book and Gift Shop, inSpirit, offers a discount on multiple copies. See the UUA Common Read discussion guide (PDF, 20 pages); find out more about UUA Common Reads.

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