What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development
Renaissance Modules for professional development in UU religious education 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.
The UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Border Witness Journey to Tuscon, Arizona, scheduled for May 2018 has financial aid opportunities available to religious educators. This transformative experience at the US/Mexico border will help you guide your UU faith community to reduce the impact of the harmful policies and create safer, more just and welcoming communities. Learn more and register at http://uucsj.org/theologyandmigration/
Check out the Winter 2017 Families insert in your UU World magazine! The theme is, A Sanctuary Is More Than a Building. "A Light Across the River" is a story of the Underground Railroad and "All Beings Need Safety to Thrive" is a reflection for parents, by Mandy Neff.
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 published in October, 2017 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.
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).
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.
Hundreds of UU faith communities participated in UU White Supremacy Teach-In 2 this fall. Congregations are invited to use the abundant resources for worship, discussion, religious education and more, created and curated by UU religious professionals of color. As the spring, 2017 Teach-In 1 materials explained, "This call to action and worship comes from a growing network of UUs--religious professionals and and lay leaders from both within and outside congregations--led by UUs of color and white UUs working together."
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.
Learn ways we all can support gender-nonconforming children and their families. Panelists in a one-hour webinar shared strategies for making a UU faith community and religious education programming truly welcoming. Watch the February, 2017 recording, read a transcript, and find further resources on our webinars page.
The UUA Common Read for 2017-18 is not one selection, but two. 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.