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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

Scholarship deadline for continuing education. The deadline for applications for a Marshman and Fields scholarship is May 1. Please email Jan Gartner, UUA Professional Development Specialist, at jgartner [at] uua [dot] org, to apply.

Bring Our Whole Lives (OWL) to new populations. Programs known as OWL-Out provide sexuality education programs in settings other than a UU congregation or faith community, such as a prison, a community center, or a school. Apply by May 15 for grants up to $1,000 to support a new or existing OWL-Out program.

Talk about The Book Thief (the movie, 2013) with youth 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.

The Third Reconstruction by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon Press, 2016) is recommended pre-General Assembly reading for those who will attend this June. Download the UUA discussion guide (PDF) for discussion or journaling.

Can we talk about race in Religous 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 here.

New programs and support for ministry with older adults. The Ages and Stages area of the UUA website offers curated resources for older adults. Find links to a wide range of programs and ideas and explore two new Tapestry of Faith curricula: Hindsight, Humor and Hope and Facing Death with Life.

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.

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.

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.

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