What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development
Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education: Grades 4-6. Highly interactive, the new edition offers new approaches to familiar topics, a new Word Bank, and two entirely new workshops. Can you please field test at least five of the ten 60-minute workshops? The curriculum is designed to be offered with two trained Our Whole Lives facilitators. Apply here.
Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators. Grounded in Unitarian Universalist values, this new curriculum provides parents and caregivers a unique understanding about teenagers, sexuality, and parenting. It offers information, skill building, and broad perspectives while building communication skills that enhance parents and caregivers ability to be their children’s primary sexuality educators. Can you please field test at least five of the eleven 90-minute workshops? No facilitator training required. Apply here.
Call for Proposals. The Faith Development Office is looking for authors or teams of authors to collaborate on developing a structured learning opportunity on the topic of Family Ministry. Read the full call for proposals here.
Theme Based Ministry. What are the benefits of embracing theme based ministry as a congregation? What are the challenges for religious educators? What are some helpful resources? Find registration links for October 27, 1:00 pm Eastern or October 28, 9:00 pm Eastern on the Faith Development Office webinars page.
Money Talk with Children and Families. We want our children, youth, and families to have spiritually healthy relationships with money. Learn and share ways to include money talk in faith development for all ages. Find registration links for November 17, 1:00 pm Eastern or November 18, 9:00 pm Eastern on the Faith Development Office webinars page.
Including People with Special Needs. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has a new web page rich with resources for full, meaningful inclusion of people with special needs in religious education and other aspects of Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregational life. Find links to blogs, books, and organizations for inspiration and guidance.
Connecting all ages in worship, learning, justice work, and more appeals to many of us. But, how to do it? The UUA website now provides Multigenerational Ministry web pages with stories, resources, and inspiration to support our faith communities. Start exploring! To share multigenerational success stories or photos from your congregation, contact multigen [at] uua [dot] org.
Miracles. The newest Tapestry of Faith multigenerational curriculum offers eight one-hour sessions of engagement with wonder and awe AND science, together. The program is online in its entirety to browse and download at no charge. The emphasis is on hands-on and outdoor activities. Could you field test two or more sessions with a wide age span of children? Apply here.
The new 2015-16 UUA Common Read is... 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. See the UUA Common Read discussion guide (PDF, 20 pages); find out more about UUA Common Reads.
A Fahs classic is now online. The second edition (1995) of From Long Ago and Many Lands shares stories from world religions through Sophia Lyon Fahs' Unitarian Universalist lens. Download as a PDF file (288 pages).
In theme-based ministry, leaders of worship, religious education, social justice, music, and other programming coordinate their conceptual planning so that all ages and stages in the congregation can experience their faith together. Theme-based ministry pages on the UUA website provide congregational testimonials, planning tools, worship resources, and more for your congregation's planners and leaders of worship, religious education, social justice, music, and other programming.
On Demand! Archived webinars! Recent topics include: cultural competence with disability from July, 2015; "meet the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA)" from August; and an update on sexuality education programs: Our Whole Lives revisions and a new parent program from June. Archives include one-hour, recorded webinars and accompanying resources.
Chalice Children, the UU preschool curriculum introduced in 1998, is updated and published online for congregations to use at no charge. Thirty-seven one-hour sessions are presented in four thematic units and one unit of holidays. Download the program in the new, two-column format; watch a video with author Katie Covey to learn the Chalice Children "back story."
Virtual gatherings for UUs of Color are convened monthly, online, by Jessica York, UUA Faith Development Director, and emerging lay leaders. Adults, young adults, and youth of Color are invited to create community within our faith. Email youthprograms [at] uua [dot] org for more information.