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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development
Can we talk about race in RE? Religious educators are key leaders in our racial justice work as Unitarian Universalists, yet starting the conversation can be hard. In the February Faith Development Office (FDO) webinar, religious educators tell stories about naming race. What went well, what mistakes were made? How have we grown our souls and skills to do this important work? Register online to attend Tues., Feb. 16 at 1 pm or Wed., Feb. 17 at 9 pm (Eastern time).
New tools for ministry with older adults. The Ages and Stages area of the UUA website has curated resources for older adults, including two new Tapestry of Faith curricula: Hindsight, Humor and Hope and Facing Death with Life.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) 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. Please help us field test before publication! Field testers must be able to provide five of the ten 60-minute workshops with two trained Our Whole Lives facilitators. Apply to field test.
Field Test: Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators. This new curriculum, grounded in Unitarian Universalist values, offers unique understanding about teenagers, sexuality, and parenting. Participants work with current information and broad perspectives while building communication skills that enhance their abilities as their children’s primary sexuality educators. No facilitator training is required to lead. Field test at least five of the 11 90-minute workshops. Apply to field test.
Catch up on your webinars. Recorded (with transcript) one-hour FDO webinars include Meet the UUA International Office with a report from the 2015 Parliament of World Religions; Money Talk with Children and Families; and OWL Facilitators and Faith Development. FDO webinar archives include one-hour, recorded webinars, transcripts, and downloadable (PDF) related resources.
The 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. The UU Book and Gift Shop, inSpirit, offers a discount on multiple copies. 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.
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.
Virtual gatherings for UUs of Color are convened monthly, online, by Jessica York, UUA Faith Development Director. Adults, young adults, and youth of Color are invited to create community within our faith. Email youthprograms [at] uua [dot] org for more information.