Gail Forsyth-Vail

Gail Forsyth-Vail, a credentialed religious educator, master level, is the author or developmental editor of several UU history curricula and resources. Before retiring, she served as interim director of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Lifespan Faith Engagement Office.

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This book belongs to the Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Series provided by the UUA Faith Development Office. Toolkit Books provide background knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance to program and lead UU faith development and to help us explore and live our faith in our congregations,...

Book | By Gail Forsyth-Vail, Polly Peterson | From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
Tagged as: History

This book belongs to the Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Series provided by the UUA Faith Development Office. Toolkit Books provide background knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance to program and lead UU faith development and to help us explore and live our faith in our congregations,...

Book | By Gail Forsyth-Vail | From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
Tagged as: Education, Personal Stories

Bridging will enhance your Youth and Young Adult Ministry programs, and help make the process of becoming a young adult a spiritually fulfilling community event for your congregation.

Book | By Gail Forsyth-Vail, Jessica York, Jessica York | From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
Tagged as: Bridging, Rites of Passage, UU History, UU Identity, UU Theology, Faith Development

When one of my children was five years old, they entered kindergarten. The child we entrusted to the school was a high energy, affectionate, interesting kid. A kid who “bounced,” just like A. A. Milne’s Tigger in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. A kid not always aware of their hyperactivity, nor...

By Gail Forsyth-Vail | April 5, 2016 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Families & Faith Development

One of the first things I did as a new religious educator in the mid-1980s was to get in contact with those who had been doing the work for years and had much to share. I lived for monthly meetings of the Mass Bay Religious Education Team. I would come home brim full of ideas, enthusiasm, and love...

By Gail Forsyth-Vail | March 24, 2016 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Awards, Scholarships, & Grants, Professional Development for Religious Educators

Our attic needed to be emptied for an insulation project. We brought down boxes and boxes of clothing that had once belonged to our three grown children. It all needed to be sorted for saving, discarding, or recycling—a huge, overwhelming job that I intended to get through as quickly as possible.

By Gail Forsyth-Vail | January 5, 2016 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Gratitude

Two weeks ago, I was part of an interfaith gathering where we asked one another, “What is weighing on you? What signs of hope are you finding? How do you see God’s spirit moving in the world?” One by one, people named the troubles that swirl around our communities and our world: racism,...

By Gail Forsyth-Vail | December 21, 2015 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Christianity, Holidays & Ceremonies, Multigenerational Faith Development, Interfaith Family Programs

‘Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done,’ writes Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy, the new UUA Common Read.

By Gail Forsyth-Vail | November 1, 2015 | From Life
Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Race/Ethnicity

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson is the 2015-16 UUA Common Read. This beautifully written book looks closely at the life stories and circumstances of people who have been sentenced to die at the hands of the state or to live out their lives in prison. The author...

By Gail Forsyth-Vail | October 1, 2015 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Due Process & Civil Liberties, Racial Justice, Social Justice

Fifteen years ago, when I was the religious educator in North Andover, Massachusetts, we held a tashlich ritual as part of marking the Jewish Days of Awe. People of all ages put bread crumbs in bowls of water to recognize the actions they were sorry for and to symbolize a new start. Tashlich...

By Gail Forsyth-Vail | September 22, 2015 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Earth, Multigenerational Faith Development

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