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Call for Authors: Revision of Renaissance Module on Unitarian Universalist Identity

The Faith Development Office in the Ministries and Faith Development staff group of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) seeks one or more authors to revise the Unitarian Universalist Identity Renaissance module.

Background

The Renaissance Program is a major component of the UUA Religious Education (RE) Credentialing program. Each module provides standardized basic training in a specific area useful to religious educators. Renaissance Modules are open to all those interested in religious education leadership including seminarians, parish ministers, and lay leaders. 

It has been at least 13 years since the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Identity Renaissance module has undergone a revision. Much has changed during that time within Unitarian Universalism and in the larger cultural context. The current Leader’s Guide, Reader and other resources for the module can be found on the UUA website.

The current goals of the UU Identity Renaissance module are (1) to create an understanding of identity as a process, (2) to build awareness of how the process unfolds, and (3) to identify ways to foster the process, specifically among Religious Education participants and generally in congregations.

A team of critical readers has suggested questions that might provide a framework for the revision, including:

  • What is religious identity?
  • Where and how is it formed? By whom?
  • How can the module help participants learn to address the question of identity with children, youth and adults in their congregations?
  • How can the module equip religious educators with tools to assist  congregations to grow lifelong UUs?

Criteria for Authors

  • Proven writing skills, preferably in curriculum writing
  • Ability to communicate UU faith and values
  • Use of antiracist, anti-oppressive, multicultural and multigenerational lenses
  • Adherence to deadlines (complete manuscript will be due August 30, 2014)
  • Accepts and responds well to feedback
  • Understanding and practice in addressing diverse learning styles and developmental needs of participants
  • Familiarity with existing Renaissance modules and ability to understand and promote the vision of the Renaissance program.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume, writing samples (ideally, a curriculum-writing sample), brief answers to the questions below, and an outline of your vision for this Renaissance module.

  • Why are you interested in developing this program?
  • What is your understanding of UU Identity in faith development for all ages?
  • What experience and expertise do you have with this topic?
  • What skills and interests do you bring?
  • What is your experience with the UUA’s Renaissance Program (Have you been a participant? Leader? Author?)

Please apply electronically by April 18, 2014 to Pat Kahn, Children and Family Programs Director, UUA, renaissance @ uua.org .

For more information contact religiouseducation @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Friday, March 21, 2014.

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