RE Week at the Sea
RE Week at the Sea
2017-08-14 00:00:00
2017-08-18 23:59:59
Monday, August 14, 2017 to Friday, August 18, 2017

Type of event: Training

Sponsor: Central East Region of the UUA

Five Days of Learning, Collegial Connection and Relaxation for all Religious Educators including Professional Faith Development Staff, Ministers, and Lay Leaders

Cost & Deadline Information:

  • Cost to attend one session of RE Week is $350. Register by June 16, get a $25 discount
  • Register to attend both sessions of RE week, receive a $50 discount.
  • Request a single room, $100 per session.
  • Commuter rate, $100 discount per session.
  • Add on a day at the beach before or after RE week for $90 each.
  • Refund policy: Note that we will refund for cancelations reached by the deadline of August 7 in full less a $5 processing fee. Cancelations after August 7 will only be refunded if there is someone on the wait list or you have someone to take your spot. Our financial obligations to the venue require us to have these policies.

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RE Week Part I—Monday, August 14 - Wednesday, August 16


Class A: "Teacher Development Renaissance Module” led by Jamaine Cripe & Starr Austin

Teacher Development Renaissance Module Goals

  • To reflect on religious education philosophy and relate that philosophy to the faith development of teachers.
  • To participate in a community of religious educators through study, worship, creating, and networking.
  • To gain understanding of teachers’ contributions and needs.
  • To increase understanding of child development and its relationship to teaching and learning.
  • To understand issues related to safety and ethics.
  • To explore and develop strategies for recruitment, support, appreciation, and recognition of volunteers.

Class B: "Youth Service Learning Journey" led by Meagan Henry

One of the most powerful spiritual experiences for a young person is to deepen their faith through engaging in hands on service learning. This workshop will provide you with the tools, resources, and inspiration to organize a service learning journey with your high school youth group. We’ll explore the entire process of organizing a journey, from the initial questions of “why should we do this?” to the details of organizing the trip itself. We’ll cover topics such as, choosing a journey and organization to partner with, how to get congregational buy-in and support, fundraising, study/learning about the justice issues and affected community, and social justice spiritual practices. This workshop is appropriate for religious educators, youth advisors, parents, and religious education volunteers who want to learn about service learning from a social justice perspective and gain the tools for organizing a group service learning journey.

RE Week Part II - Wednesday, August 16 - Friday, August 18


Class A: “Philosophy of Religious Education Renaissance Module” led by Cindy Beal and Patricia Infante.

Philosophy of Religious Education Renaissance Module Goals:

  • Increased knowledge of foundational questions of religious education: what, when, who, where, how, and why.
  • Increased ability to articulate one’s own religious faith and religious education philosophy.
  • Increased clarity about the purposes of lifespan religious education.
  • Increased comfort and competence in sharing a philosophy of religious education with teachers and parents.
  • Increased comfort and competence applying new knowledge, worship processes, and educational awareness in the congregation.

Class B: “Family Ministry” led by Rev Jude Geiger & Starr Austin

The new Family Ministry training is designed for shared ministry teams with the goal of helping religious professionals and congregations deepen and expand their understanding of “family” and creating a culture within congregations that offers support and resources for families.

Details, Details, Details

What’s Included for all participants:

  • 2.5 days of training per session, including classroom materials and supplies. (Note: Renaissance Module participants are expected to download required readers and handouts prior to arrival). A total of FIVE fabulous days if you choose to attend BOTH sessions!
  • 2 nights lodging per session, 4 nights lodging for those registering for the FULL WEEK.
  • Lodging is double occupancy, 2 per room. Most rooms enjoy the use of the shared hall bath.
  • Daily Beach Passes in this NJ Seaside Resort Town are INCLUDED!
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches and 1 Dinner per session. One evening is set aside in each session for dinner out in the friendly resort town of Ocean Grove or neighboring Asbury Park. Dinner out will be “on your own.” Local restaurants offer a range of prices and there is something for every budget, from pizza places and sandwich shops to four star dining.
  • A very limited number of single occupancy rooms with shared hall bath are available for an additional charge.
  • Traveling in from a distance? Lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis for the night before training begins (Sunday or Tuesday). See the registration form for the "add-on day".

What’s NOT included (for Renaissance Module Participants and Leadership School Participants):

  • RE Week Part I - Dinner on Monday night is at your own expense.
  • RE Week Part II - Dinner on Thursday night is on your own.
  • Participants staying for both RE Week Part I and Part II will also be able to have Wednesday lunch on their own.
  • Required books for purchase as described below.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Arrival and Departure Times:

RE Week Part I: Registration and Check In between 9-10 AM, Monday, August 14.  Class will begin promptly at 10 AM. Class will end at 12 PM on Wednesday, August 16.  Beach passes will be available for those wishing to enjoy the afternoon in Ocean Grove.  

RE Week Part II: Registration and Check In between 2 – 4 PM, Wednesday, August 16.  Class will begin promptly at 4 PM. Class will end at 1 PM on Friday, August 18. Beach passes will be available for those wishing to enjoy the afternoon in Ocean Grove.

All parking is on-street. Parking is challenging during the summer in this beach resort town. Carpooling or public transportation are encouraged. The nearest NJ Transit train station is Asbury Park. It is approximately 1 mile from the retreat center. Pick up/drop off can be arranged where needed.

Ocean Grove is dry town. Alcohol is not permitted in the Grove Hall Retreat Center. The nearby (walking distance) Asbury Park boardwalk and downtown offer ample options for enjoying an evening out.

Red more information about Ocean Grove.

Required Readers and Study Material

Teacher Development Renaissance Module: The Reader is The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer, published by Jossey-Bass, 10th Anniversary edition, 2007 and this Guide to the Reader which correlates the chapters of the Palmer book with the module sessions in which they are used. In addition to the reader there is a set of handouts which participants are expected to download and/or print prior to the training.

Philosophy of Religious Education Renaissance Module: The reader for this module is Essex Conversations: Visions for Lifespan Religious Education and this Guide to the Reader (PDF, 2 pages) prioritizes those essays which are most essential to the module and also indicates how the essays correlate with the module sessions. In addition to the reader there is a set of handouts which participants are expected to download and/or print prior to the training.

Reading Assignments for the Family Ministry Training and the Youth Service Learning Journey will be posted as soon as possible.

Participants for all classes are expected to purchase and/or download and review all assigned materials prior to the start of the training.

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Flying in from out of state? The closest airport is Newark Liberty in NJ. Public transportation is available from the airport to Asbury Park NJ, the town just north of Ocean Grove. We'll work with you to get you to the Retreat Center quickly and safely! Contact Pat Infante at pinfante [at] uua [dot] org for details.


United States
Ocean Grove Conference Center, Ocean Grove, NJ

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