RE Week by the Sea, August 12-17, 2018, Ocean Grove, NJ
RE Week by the Sea 18
2018-08-12 10:00:00
2018-08-17 13:00:00
Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 10:00 am EDT to Friday, August 17, 2018 - 1:00 pm EDT

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

RE Week at the Sea offers two learning sessions, Mon-Wed and Wed-Fri. Participants may opt to attend a single 2.5 session or the full two session week (Mon-Fri) Each session offers participants a choice of a traditional Renaissance Module or an alternative learning opportunity as described below.

Cost & Deadline Information:

  • Cost to attend one session of RE Week is $350. Register by June 15, 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 RE week for $90 each.
  • Registration Deadline is July 31, 2018. There is a cap of 20 participants for each class. If the class reaches its threshold, a waiting list will be created.
  • CER participants may request a $100 scholarship per session. You must provide a reference.
  • Refund policy: Note that we will refund for cancelations reached by the deadline of July 31 in full less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations after July 31 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.
  • Those who register after July 31 will be charged an additional $50 late fee. This fee is necessary due to the extra work late registrations require.

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RE Week Part I—Monday, August 13 - Wednesday, August 15


Class A: Be among the first to Field Test this newly revised module: “Ministry with Youth Renaissance Module” led by Jamaine Cripe & Bart Frost

This module is in the process of being updated and revised by Sara Lewis and Jamaine Cripe. We are very excited to be a field test site for this great new resource at RE Week. Preliminary goals for the revised module are:

  • Equipping participants to imagine and develop youth ministries as a part of family ministry appropriate to their congregation size, culture, budget, and youth needs and interests. 
  • Understand and appreciate today’s youth through the lenses of generational theory and physical, cognitive, social, moral, identity, and faith development.
  • Developing practical skills and sharing resources utilized by religious professionals (religious educators, youth ministry professionals, ordained ministers) engaged in 21st Century youth ministry.

Class B: Initial Offering of a Workshop Commissioned for RE Week: "In Formation: Wrought Faith and the Future of Church” led by Joy Berry

This workshop will help leaders understand how centering an integrated ministry of congregational faith formation, to prioritize a shared experience of learning and growth for all, can support the overall health of the church—and its faith development programming.We will learn what research tells us about how people maintain commitment and solidarity in chosen well as how innovation gets adapted and resisted by different groups of peopl

e in church systems. AND, we’ll dig in to Fowler’s faith stage theory and consider what he (and we!) may have missed, including the idea that congregations themselves are at a faith stage too. What are the symptoms and consequences when they get stuck, as so many UUs seem to, just BEFORE they develop the faith necessary for being in covenantal community?

We’ll also explore potential resistance to doing more wrought faith: congregational anxiety in response to change, even when it's the right thing to do, is a reality that we can prepare for and respond adaptively to.

RE Week Part II - Wednesday, August 15 - Friday, August 17


Class C: Great Foundational Module for Newer DRE's: “Unitarian Universalist Identity Renaissance Module” led by Jamaine Cripe and Patricia Infante.

UU Identity Renaissance Module Goals:

  • To gain an understanding of identity as a process of development across the lifespan which unfolds through an interplay of heritage, culture, and lived experiences.
  • To learn how this process unfolds in youth raised as Unitarian Universalists and persons who came to the faith later in life.
  • To identify ways to foster the process, specifically among Religious Education participants and generally among congregants.
  • To explore the Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources as part of identity development.

Class D: New Training for Shared Ministry Teams: “Innovation Leadership for Shared Ministry” led by Rev Emily de Tar Birt and Michelle Bishop

Sometimes common challenges call for uncommon solutions.  In the Innovation training come learn how to develop your current and future big idea(s) into project proposals that will clearly communicate its purpose and minister to your congregation’s unique concerns.  We will learn strategies for gaining congregational buy-in, project success, and the role of shared ministry in innovation. The new Innovation Leadership for Shared Ministry training is designed for shared ministry teams.

Details, Details, Details

What’s Included for all participants:

  • 2.5 days of training per session, including classroom materials and supplies. 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 “on your own" in the friendly resort town of Ocean Grove or neighboring Asbury Park. Lunch on departure day (Wednesday and/or Friday) is also 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".
  • Ocean Grove is a wonderful family oriented destination but unfortunately we are not able to offer childcare options at this time. The retreat center has a very limited number of rooms that can accommodate a small family. Additional charges may apply. Children must be supervised by an adult over 18 at all times. We can also provide you with the names of nearby accommodations that may be more suitable for your needs. If you wish to explore bringing your family, please contact pinfante [at] uua [dot] org or alerner [at] uua [dot] org prior to registering to find out what rooming options are available.

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.

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 13.  Class will begin promptly at 10 AM. Class will end at 12 PM on Wednesday, August 15.  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 15.  Class will begin promptly at 4 PM. Class will end at 1 PM on Friday, August 17. 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 0.6 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.

Read more information about Ocean Grove.

Required Readers and Study Material

Each class has a required packet of reading and handouts. Some of the classes also have a small assignment to be completed prior to arrival. Participants will receive further instructions specific to their chosen class approximately one month prior to training.

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.


54 Pitman Avenue
Ocean Grove
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Grove Hall Retreat Center
54 Pitman Avenue
Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
United States
Ocean Grove, NJ

Meet the Staff

Joy Berry

Joy Berry served congregations for nine years as a religious educator, before joining the Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard as assistant director, supporting, developing and sharing resources for innovative faith formation. Her background in sociology - researching social movements and social change - intersects with her work as an educator in a children’s museum and churches, shaping her mission and call: to inspire and support congregations in recasting faith formation as their core work, to forge the future of our faith. She breeds chickens, dyes mandalas, plans for her next homesteading adventure, and is constantly challenged to find balance in the midst of daily chaos, with her partner and kids ranging from 9 to 24, working from her home in the mountains of Asheville, NC.

Michelle Bishop's head shot

Michelle Bishop is a Credentialed Religious Educator who serves the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta as the Children's Programs Coordinator.  She is in her second year as the president of the SouthEast LREDA Chapter - and is so grateful for the connections she continues to make in that role. Michelle was raised in a multi-faith family and has been grappling with her hold on religion for her entire life.  She has a dual degree in Philosophy and Comparative Literature and is still baffled by the way the universe has called her to fulfill her dream of teaching philosophy. She has lead numerous renaissance modules and is excited to see what the world will throw at her next. In her personal life, Michelle is the proud mother of two teenage daughters who constantly teach her about herself and the world (in positive and negative ways). She spins wool, knits shawls, reads science fiction and practices Aikido.

Jamaine Cripe

Jamaine Cripe is the Youth Director at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, NJ. Jamaine spent many years in the entertainment industry as a disc jockey, record label junior executive, and an Assistant Director for film, television and commercials. After growing tired of the commute and 16+ hour workdays, she decided to change careers for something more family-friendly and spiritually fulfilling. She became the Summer Intern at her home congregation (Beacon) in 201​1 and ​her role in the congregation's lifespan religious education program evolved over the next five years until ​she became the full-time RE Coordinator in 2015.  ​Through the financial and spiritual support of her congregation, Jamaine became a Credentialed Religious Educator with the UUA in April 2017.

A military brat “from everywhere & nowhere”, Jamaine now considers Maplewood, New Jersey her home, a diverse community where she resides with her gaming and computer "nerd" husband, Rick, their all-star cheerleading, flute-playing daughter, Alice, and their horribly spoiled “fur babies”, Fiona and Shivers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from the University of Central Florida (GO KNIGHTS!) and a MBA in Media Management from Metropolitan College of New York (unfortunately, they don’t have a football team).

Emily DeTar Birt

Emily DeTar Birt is the consulting minister for the Unitarian Church of Staten Island and the Programs and Media Assistant for Church Women United. She has previously worked for the Unitarian Universalist Minister's Association as their intern helping with Beyond the Call: Entrepreneurial Ministry. Following the Beyond The Call Program, taught her non-profit business skills that are crucial for ministries thriving in the 21st century.  Since then she has continued to help speak of and teach skills related to Entrepreneurial Ministry. 

Bart Frost speaking at General Assembly 2015

Bart Frost serves as the UUA’s Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. As a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who served in continental leadership as a youth, Bart knows our shared ministry to youth is incredibly important. Before joining UUA staff in 2014, Bart served the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans as Director of Religious Education, as well as serving on the General Assembly Planning Committee. He currently lives in Boston with his partner Amelia and their three cats.

Patricia Hall Infante

Patricia Hall Infante is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who grew up in a large congregation in NYC. After a 13 year career with the Federal Government she followed her heart and lived her values by serving the UU Church in Cherry Hill as the Director of Religious Education for nine years. She served the Joseph Priestley District of the UUA from 2006-2010 as Director for Growth and Program Consultant for Faith Development and has been an integral part of the Central East Regional staff since its inception in 2010. Pat is a Credentialed Religious Educator and was named DRE Emerita at the UU Church in Cherry Hill in 2016. She is the proud parent of two adult sons and lives in Marlton NJ with her spouse of 35 years.

Andrea Lerner

Andrea Lerner, currently a Congregational Life Consultant for the Central East Region, served as the District Executive for the Metro New York District for 9 years, and spent 4 years as the Program Consultant.  Andrea served three congregations, ranging in size from 250 to 700 members, as Director of Religious Education. She served on the board of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) and on LREDA's Professional Standards Task Force and its Integrity Team, which worked to dismantle institutional racism and oppression.  Andrea is also well-known for her use of social networking to relentlessly promote Unitarian Universalism. Friend her on facebook, or look for her on twitter @RelentlesslyUU.

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