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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

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 the UUA 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.

The Third Reconstruction by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon Press, 2016) was recommended pre-General Assembly reading. Download the UUA discussion guide (PDF) for discussion or journaling.

Can we talk about race in Religous 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 here.

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 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. The UU Book and Gift Shop, inSpirit, offers a discount on multiple copies. See the UUA Common Read discussion guide (PDF, 20 pages); find out more about UUA Common Reads.

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