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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

Want to learn more about University Chaplaincy? On Friday February 24 at 4pm (Eastern), attend a one-hour information session on university chaplaincy with the Rev. Scotty McLennan and the Rev. Dara Kaufman-LeDonne Olandt. The online session is geared towards UU ministers and seminarians but all are welcome. Click here to register

It's here! Cub Scouts, Webelos, and small, mixed-age UU RE classes 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.

How do we support gender-nonconforming children and their families? Learn ways to help make your faith community and religious education programming truly welcoming in a one-hour webinar with Alex Kapitan, Melissa James, Lisa Rubin, and UUA OWL Program Associate Melanie Davis. Find details on the Faith Development Office webinars page or click to register to attend on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. or Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. (Eastern).

Sexuality education curriculum developers are invited to apply to co-author the second edition of Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for Grades 10-12. You may submit a proposal as a team of co-authors or as an individual willing to partner with a co-author we select. Read the proposal submission requirements and submit your proposal by 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 28. 

Nominations close on March 15 for the 2017 Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education. Each year, the UUA presents the MacLean award to a Unitarian Universalist who has made outstanding contributions to religious education. Find full criteria and the process for nominating someone, online.

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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