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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

Applications are now being accepted for the first All-Levels Training of Trainers for Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education and its Sexuality and Our Faith companion program. First Unitarian Church of Honolulu is sponsoring this training, with assistance from the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, to address the need for trainers in Hawaii, trainers in under-represented areas of the mainland, and trainers who will increase the diversity of the Our Whole Lives trainer roster.The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Eastern, June 9, 2017. Please download application instructions (Word).

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.

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.

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 to 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.

To Wake, To Rise is here. Edited by William G. Sinkford, the 2017 edition of the UUA inSpirit series is an anthology of 29 poems, prayers, and reflections about resisting oppression and keeping the faith in social action work.

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! 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.

The 2016-17 Common Read is 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. Download a group discussion guide.

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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