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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

Faith development and RE webinars for autumn! In October, catch up with Caitlin Breedlove and Nora Rasman of the UUA's Standing on the Side of Love campaign and learn about initiatives and tools relevant for leaders of religious education. Register here and find archived webinars on dozens of religious education and faith development topics.

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. Learn how and why you might engage your congregation in the UU Common Read.

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.

Politics in church? We need not all think alike to love alike! Make political differences a faith development opportunity with the timely new toolkit, Beyond the Partisan Divide.

Our Whole Lives partnership affirmed. At our General Assembly in June, the Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with his United Church of Christ counterpart, the Rev. John C. Dorhauer. The MOU affirms our work together on creating and supporting the growing family of OWL sexuality education programs and materials.

Talk with youth about The Book Thief (the movie, 2013) 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.

Can we talk about race in Religious 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.

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 was 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).

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