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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement, by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon, 2016), is the 2016-17 Unitarian Universalist Common Read. At our June, 2016 General Assembly, Rev. Barber's call for a movement for justice for all people electrified attendees; the Common Read selection committee believes that now is a moment for Unitarian Universalists to answer that call. A UU discussion guide for The Third Reconstruction will be announced here by October 1. Read more about the UU Common Read.

Coloring sheets are here! Two Tapestry of Faith programs for grades K-1, Creating Home and Wonderful Welcome, now have original illustrations to use as coloring sheets for all core stories. Learn about the coloring sheets project and explore the wonderful, new artwork created for our programs.

Politics in church? We need not all think alike to love alike! Make political differences a faith development opportunity with the timely new toolkit, Beyond the Partisan Divide.

Our Whole Lives partnership affirmed. At the UUA General Assembly in June, the Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with his United Church of Christ counterpart, the Rev. John C. Dorhauer. The MOU affirms our work together on creating and supporting the growing family of OWL sexuality education programs and materials.

Talk with youth about The Book Thief (the movie, 2013) using the new Discussion Guide (PDF, 16 pages) from the Faith Development Office of the UUA. Three 60-minute sessions include a quiz game. Film-viewing time not included in the sessions.

Can we talk about race in Religious Education (RE)? In February, 2016 four religious educators told of their initiatives, mistakes, and learning around race and racism as they worked to open conversation in their congregations. Watch the recorded webinar or read the transcript.

Ministry with older adults. The Ages and Stages area of the UUA website offers curated resources for older adults. Explore two new Tapestry of Faith programs: Hindsight, Humor and Hope and Facing Death with Life.

The 2015-16 UUA Common Read was Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. This compelling book advocates for poor people, people of color, children, and women trapped in the U.S. criminal justice system. The UU Book and Gift Shop, inSpirit, offers a discount on multiple copies. See the UUA Common Read discussion guide (PDF, 20 pages).

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