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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development
What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development
Faith Development, Professional Development for Religious Educators

Aisha Hauser, Director of Lifelong Learning at East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, WA, will be the 2018 recipient of the Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education. Jessica York, UUA Co-director of Ministries and Faith Development and Director of the Faith Development Office, will present the award at the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, MO on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. during General Session III.

Go to Kansas City in good faith! At the UUA 2018 General Assembly, people who have read articles, watched videos, discussed topics, or made local touring plans suggested on the GA 2018 "Get Ready" page may pick up a hot pink, "GA Ready!" badge ribbon from UUA staff in the exhibit hall. Download the "Get Ready" activity booklet or use the online form to record how you prepare.

Experience "Flower Power" in the Families insert in the Spring 2018 UU World magazine, from the page 1 poem that engages wondering about a seed to the page 4 Parent Reflection, "Our Children Are Like Seeds," with a word search and coloring sheet in between.

For Chalice Circles/Small Groups: A Call to Faith in Turbulent Times! Since the U.S. Presidential election, many Unitarian Universalists feel challenged by this moment in our nation’s history. Four new, two-hour sessions by the Rev. Marta Valentín for adult small ministry groups ("chalice circles") guide participants to discern the requirements of our faith commitments and values in today's political atmosphere. The sessions use a standard small group ministry format and include readings, audio-visual materials, and questions for reflection.

Many hundreds of UU faith communities participated in UU White Supremacy Teach-In 2 last fall. Keep teaching! Use these abundant resources for worship, discussion, religious education, and more, created and curated by UU religious professionals of color. Find more "on ramps" here for UUs at all levels of engagement and knowledge to examine racism, white identity, and the call to dismantle white supremacy.

Looking for Children/Youth anti-racism experiences? The Promise and the Practice is a program for Unitarian Universalist worship, study, and stewardship around centering voices and stories of black UUs. The resource packet includes "Mending the Broken Chalice," a curriculum for grades K-5 and "Beginning Anew," a middle- through high-school curriculum, both by UU religious educator Jae Scott.

Renaissance Modules and other professional development opportunities in UU religious education and faith development are available year-round in various geographical locations as well as online and in "hybrid" mode. Check the online Calendar for Religious Educators for current offerings, including registration information and course details.

Awaken a child's activism. Growing Young Justice-Makers includes six web pages of resources and ideas to help parents and religious professionals engage children in living UU values through social justice. A 30 Days of Love activity calendar for 2018 offers practical suggestions to engage children in this year's social justice campaign; find the calendar on the website of Side with Love (formerly Standing on the Side of Love). 

Miss the 411 on University Chaplaincy? You can head over to our Faith Development Webinars page to view the one-hour informational session hosted by the Rev. Scotty McLennan and the Rev. Dara Kaufman-LeDonne Olandt.

There are two UUA Common Reads for 2017-18. Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, Mitra Rahnema, ed. (Skinner, 2017) focuses on the Unitarian Universalist work of dismantling white supremacy culture. Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen (Beacon, 2017) offers a vision and guidance for some of our work in the public square. Download a Common Read discussion guides, in one-session and three-session versions, for Centering and Daring Democracy.

 

UU Religious Education and Your Child

Gaia Brown
From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
Pack of 25.

Love and Help Activity Book:
Second Edition

Gail Forsyth-Vail
From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
A Program in Unitarian Universalist Identity for 7-11 year olds. Suitable for use in the UUA Cub Scout and Webelos Religious Emblem Program.

About the Author

  • Susan Lawrence, Managing Editor for the UUA Faith Development Office since 2007 and editor of the UU World Families insert since 2009, has worked as a media producer and a high school social studies teacher as well as a freelance writer and editor. A member of First Parish in...

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