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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

Reclaiming Prophetic Witness (Skinner House, 2012) has been announced as the 2014-15 UUA Common Read. Author Paul Rasor is director of the Center for the Study of Relgious Freedom and a professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan University. A Common Read may be the ideal adult faith development program for your congregation. Read why and how to start a Common Read. 

Are you a new (three years or less) Director of Religious Education? Please join Pat Infante and FDO staff Tues. August 26 at 1 pm Eastern or Wed. Aug. 27 at 9 pm for a free webinar to welcome and orient you to your role in UU professional leadership. Register via the FDO Webinars page.

Unitarian Universalist (UU) Girl Scouts in grades 4-12 now have a religious recognition program they can access online, at no charge, in a user-friendly, interactive format. Religion in Life includes a version for younger girls and one for older girls, plus a user guide for Girl Scout leaders, religious professionals, and parents. Many choices of activities and projects invite girls to express, explore, and think about ways to live their UU Principles and Girl Scout values. 

Exploring military ministry can be a structured, engaging process for your Unitarian Universalist (UU) community with a NEW, free, six-workshop curriculum: The Military Ministry Toolkit for Congregations (PDF) and the companion 23-minute video. 

Do you facilitate Our Whole Lives (OWL) for grades 7-9? In September, a free, 90-minute webinar from the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ will orient you to new material on bullying, social media, and other topics in the 2014 edition of OWL for Grades 7-9. Email religiouseducation@uua.org to register for Tues. Sept. 16 (1 pm Eastern), Wed. Sept. 17 (8 pm Eastern), or Tues. Sept. 30 (8 pm Eastern). Login information will be sent to you.

If you missed General Assembly, catch up with a recording of the webinar FDO provided, "Live! from Providence, RI: What's at GA 2014 for Religious Educators?" Visit our webinar archives.

Every Body Is Beautiful! That's the message for all ages in the Families pages stories and activities in your Summer 2014 UU World magazine.

A UU faith message, on internet radio: Listen to a new program, Power UP with Rev. Monica (Reverend Dr. Monica L. Cummings, Program Associate for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults of Color), on WGTD HD3 radio every Thursday evening at 9 pm Eastern time. Tune in, then comment on the Living Mosaic blog site or on Facebook.

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@uua.org for more information.

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Last updated on Monday, August 4, 2014.

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The 2013 Multicultural Leadership School, the annual summer training program for Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults of Color led by Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings and Jessica York of UUA staff, met virtually with UUA President Peter Morales.

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