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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

Cub Scouts, Webelos, and mixed-age UU RE classes, especially in our smaller congregations, will welcome the new Love and Help Activity Book, 2nd edition, by Gail Forsyth-Vail. The book offers a program in UU identity for 7- to 11-year-olds, suitable for earning a Unitarian Universalist Cub Scout or Webelos religious emblem.

Miss the 411 on University Chaplaincy? You can head over to our Faith Development Webinar Series page to view the one-hour informational session hosted by the Rev. Scotty McLennan and the Rev. Dara Kaufman-LeDonne Olandt.

April, 2017 Webinar: Innovation in RE and Faith Development. Join UUA Faith Development Director Jessica York for a recap of the innovation roundtable convened at the UUA's Boston office a year ago. Learn about innovative work by religious educators Joy Berry and Tracy Beck. Find out how to apply for funds to initiate innovation in your UU congregation or faith community. Dates and registration links on the FDO webinars page.

We are called to support gender-nonconforming children and their families. A one-hour webinar with Alex Kapitan, Melissa James, Lisa Rubin, and UUA OWL Program Associate Melanie Davis, hosted by Gail Forsyth-Vail, explores how to make your faith community and religious education programming truly welcoming. Find the February, 2017 recording, transcript, and resources on our webinars page.

New publications from the UUA include a redesigned pamphlet, by Gaia Brown, for families new to UU religious education and To This I Give My Heart is a Coming of Age journal, prepared by Bart Frost, UUA Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

7 Principles seed paper, available from inSpirit, the UU Book and Gift Shop, comes in a pack of 35. Seven shapes in different bold, rainbow colors, embedded with easy-to-grow wildflower seeds, offer a fun, interactive way to teach Unitarian Universalist values.

Doing post-election ministry with youth. The UUA Youth and Young Adult Ministries office offers a compilation of resources that UU religious professionals began sharing immediately after the Presidential election. Find spiritual self-care for leaders and guidance for community care, youth faith exploration, family activities, and more. Jennica Davis-Hockett, leadership development associate, thanks those who minister to young people for creating space where they can "process, be with each other, and build spiritual resilience."

Politics in church? We need not all think alike to love alike! Make political differences a faith development opportunity. Find resources for worship and adult programming in the toolkit, Beyond the Partisan Divide.

Coloring sheets are here! Two Tapestry of Faith programs for grades K-1, Creating Home and Wonderful Welcome, now have original illustrations to use as coloring sheets for all core stories. Learn about the coloring sheets project and explore the wonderful, new artwork created for our programs.

Announcing the 2016-17 Common Read discussion guide! Download a new guide for Unitarian Universalist groups reading The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon, 2016). At our June, 2016 General Assembly, Rev. Barber's call for a movement for justice for all people electrified attendees. Engage your congregation in this UU Common Read.

Uncomfortable moments around race. They happen. 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.

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 Faith Development Office's November, 2016 webinar on Spirituality and Aging, archived online, delves into the spiritual needs of mid-life and elders in our communities.

Love and Help Activity Book
Second Edition

Gail Forsyth-Vail

A Program in Unitarian Universalist Identity for 7-11 year olds. Suitable for use in the UUA Cub Scout and Webelos Religious Emblem Program.

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