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Call for Proposals: The Faith Development Office is looking for authors or teams of authors to collaborate on developing a structured learning opportunity on the topic of Family Ministry.  Read the full call for proposals here

Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, produces anti-bias curricula that can complement and enhance our UU religious education and social justice programming.Learn more in a one-hour webinar. Find registration links for September 29, 5:30 pm Eastern or September 30, 9 pm Eastern on the Faith Development Office webinars page

Including People with Special Needs. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has a new web page rich with resources for full, meaningful inclusion of people with special needs in religious education and other aspects of Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregational life. Find links to blogs, books, and organizations for inspiration and guidance.

Connecting all ages in worship, learning, justice work, and more appeals to many of us. But, how to do it? The UUA website now provides Multigenerational Ministry web pages with stories, resources, and inspiration to support our faith communities. Start exploring! To share multigenerational success stories or photos from your congregation, contact multigen [at] uua [dot] org.

Miracles! The newest Tapestry of Faith multigenerational curriculum offers eight one-hour sessions of engagement with wonder and awe AND science, together. The program is online in its entirety to browse and download at no charge. The emphasis is on hands-on and outdoor activities. Could you field test two or more sessions with a wide age span of children? Apply here.  

The new 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. Look for the UUA Common Read discussion guide  in October for UU groups to read, reflect, and respond in the 2015-16 congregational year.

A Fahs classic is now online. The second edition (1995) of From Long Ago and Many Lands shares stories from world religions through Sophia Lyon Fahs' Unitarian Universalist lens. Download as a PDF file (288 pages).

In theme-based ministry, leaders of worship, religious education, social justice, music, and other programming coordinate their conceptual planning so that all ages and stages in the congregation can experience their faith together. Theme-based ministry pages on the UUA website provide congregational testimonials, planning tools, worship resources, and more for your congregation's planners and leaders of worship, religious education, social justice, music, and other programming.

On Demand! Archived webinars! Recent topics include: cultural competence with disability from July, 2015; "meet the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA)" from August; and an update on sexuality education programs: Our Whole Lives revisions and a new parent program from June. Archives include one-hour, recorded webinars and accompanying resources.

Chalice Children, the UU preschool curriculum introduced in 1998, is 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. Download the program in the new, two-column format; watch a video with author Katie Covey to learn the Chalice Children "back story."

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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