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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development
What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development
Faith Development, Professional Development for Religious Educators

Renaissance Modules for professional development in UU religious education are available year-round in various geographical locations as well as online and in a "hybrid" mode. Check the online Calendar for Religious Educators for current offerings, including registration information and course details.

Our Whole Lives for Grades 4-6, 2nd edition (2017) is now available from InSpirit, the UUA Book and Gift Shop. OWL elementary-level facilitators are strongly encouraged to visit a one-hour webinar that introduces this edition's new material and approaches. You can also download the webinar's PowerPoint presentation (PDF).

The Rev. Patricia Hoertdoerfer accepted the 2017 Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education from Jessica York, UUA Faith Development Director and Interim Director of the Ministries and Faith Development staff group, at the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans, LA on Friday, June 23. 

The UUA Common Read for 2017-18 is not one selection, but two. Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, Mitra Rahnema, ed. (Skinner, 2017) focuses on the Unitarian Universalist work of dismantling white supremacy culture. Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen (Beacon, 2017) offers a vision and guidance for some of our work in the public square. A discussion guide for each book will be provided in October, 2017.

Welcome the Rev. Marisol Caballero to the UUA Ministries and Faith Development staff group. On May 1, Mari began work in the part-time position of Faith Innovation Specialist on the Faith Development Office team. Note: This hire was in process when the recent UUA hiring freeze was implemented and was granted an exception.

To Wake, To Rise was edited by William G. Sinkford, a former UUA President who currently serves the UUA as one of three Interim Co-presidents. This publication, the 2017 offering in the inSpirit series, comprises 29 poems, prayers, and reflections about resisting oppression and keeping the faith in social action work.

For Chalice Circles/Small Groups: A Call to Faith in Turbulent Times! Since the U.S. Presidential election, many Unitarian Universalists feel challenged by this moment in our nation’s history. Four new, two-hour sessions by the Rev. Marta Valentín for adult small ministry groups ("chalice circles") guide participants to discern the requirements of our faith commitments and values in today's political atmosphere. The sessions use a standard small group ministry format and include readings, audio-visual materials, and questions for reflection.

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.

Cub Scouts, Webelos, and children in mixed-age religious education (RE) groups, 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.

Learn ways we all can support gender-nonconforming children and their families. Panelists in a one-hour webinar shared strategies for making a UU faith community and religious education programming truly welcoming. Watch the February, 2017 recording, read a transcript, and find further resources on our webinars page.

Families new to UU RE may appreciate a newly redesigned pamphlet, by Gaia Brown. Also new is To This I Give My Heart, a Coming of Age journal prepared by Bart Frost, UUA Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

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! Our K-1 Tapestry of Faith programs now have original black-and-white line illustrations to accompany the core stories. Learn about the coloring sheets project and please use the wonderful, new artwork created for our programs.

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.

About the Author

  • Susan Lawrence, Managing Editor for the UUA Faith Development Office since 2007 and editor of the UU World Families insert since 2009, has worked as a communications consultant, a media producer, and a teacher as well as a freelance writer and editor. She is a member of First...

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