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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

One-hour spring webinars! On May 19 or 20, learn about a new tool for youth adviser assessment. On June 16 or 17, hear Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum updates and share best practices. Both webinars' details are here, along with a link to online registration.

Make Sophia Fahs Sunday happen in your congregation! Use tools for multigenerational worship and other programming provided by The Fahs Collaborative. Director Mark Hicks and Assistant Director Halcyon Westall introduce the 2015 Fahs Sunday resources in a one-hour, recorded webinar; the Fahs Sunday resource packet is posted online.

Young Adult/Adult OWL Training of Trainers. Our partner in OWL programs, the United Church of Christ (UCC), will offer a training of trainers October 1-4 that has room for some UU participants. This training will be held in Cleveland, Ohio and the application deadline is June 15. Contact johnsona [at] ucc [dot] org (subject: OWL%20Training%20of%20Trainers%2C%20June%202015) (Amy Johnson, UCC OWL Coordinator).

Have you seen the movie, Selma? A youth-friendly discussion guide (PDF) from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) can inspire youth and/or adults in your faith community. Use the one-hour workshop; add the extension activities if you have more time. Also, "Selma, 1965!" is the theme of the Families pages (PDF) in the Spring 2015 UU World' magazine. Experience the 1960s Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a child who lived it. Find ideas and activities to engage families in fighting persistent, institutional racism.

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. New, 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: teaching and celebrating Easter in a theologically diverse congregation; UUA programs to help congregational staff increase financial security; and a preview of 2015 youth justice and service programs of the UU College of Social Justice. Most archives include one-hour, recorded webinars and accompanying Power Point slides.

Chalice Children, the UU 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. See the document in the new, two-column format.

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 (PDF).

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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