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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

New publications from the UUA include a redesigned pamphlet, by Gaia Brown, for families new to UU religious education and two workbook publications, both available for pre-order. The Love and Help Activity Book, 2nd edition, by Gail Forsyth-Vail, presents a program in UU identity for 7- to 11-year-olds, suitable for earning a UUA Cub Scout or Webelos religious emblem. To This I Give My Heart is a Coming of Age journal, prepared by Bart Frost, UUA Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

January webinar: Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU). Three members of the BLUU collective--Kenny Wiley, Dr. Takiyah Amin, and Elandria Williams--will talk about BLUU's objectives and plans, history and formation, and the March 2017 BLUU Convening for Black UUs in New Orleans. Come learn how our work in UU faith development and religious education can explore and support today’s national and UU-specific movements for black lives. Online, register for Tuesday, January 24, 1 p.m. or register for Wednesday, January 25, 9 p.m. (Eastern times).

OWL for Older Adults: Field test in 2017! You are invited to bring a new program, Our Whole Lives (OWL): Sexuality Education for Older Adults, to your faith community by field testing the new curriculum during the first half of 2017. Applications and field test criteria are online. Applications due January 31.

Seeking MacLean Award nominations! The UUA will accept nominations until March 15, 2017 for the 2017 Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education. Each year, the UUA presents the MacLean award to a Unitarian Universalist who has made outstanding contributions to religious education. Find the full criteria and nomination process online.

7 Principles seed paper, available from inSpirit, the UU Book and Gift Shop, comes in a pack of 35. Seven shapes in different bold, rainbow colors, embedded with easy-to-grow wildflower seeds, offer a fun, interactive way to teach Unitarian Universalist values.

Doing post-election ministry with youth. The UUA Youth and Young Adult Ministries office offers a compilation of resources that UU religious professionals began sharing immediately after the Presidential election. Find spiritual self-care for leaders and guidance for community care, youth faith exploration, family activities, and more. Jennica Davis-Hockett, leadership development associate, thanks those who minister to young people for creating space where they can "process, be with each other, and build spiritual resilience."

Politics in church? We need not all think alike to love alike! Make political differences a faith development opportunity. Find resources for worship and adult programming in the toolkit, Beyond the Partisan Divide.

Coloring sheets are here! Two Tapestry of Faith programs for grades K-1, Creating Home and Wonderful Welcome, now have original illustrations to use as coloring sheets for all core stories. Learn about the coloring sheets project and explore the wonderful, new artwork created for our programs.

Announcing the 2016-17 Common Read discussion guide! Download a new guide for Unitarian Universalist groups reading The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon, 2016). At our June, 2016 General Assembly, Rev. Barber's call for a movement for justice for all people electrified attendees. Engage your congregation in this UU Common Read.

Our Whole Lives partnership affirmed. At our General Assembly in June, the Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with his United Church of Christ counterpart, the Rev. John C. Dorhauer. The MOU affirms our work together on creating and supporting the growing family of OWL sexuality education programs and materials.

Uncomfortable moments around race. They happen. 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.

Ministry with older adults. The Ages and Stages area of the UUA website offers curated resources for older adults. Explore two new Tapestry of Faith programs: Hindsight, Humor and Hope and Facing Death with Life. The Faith Development Office's November, 2016 webinar on Spirituality and Aging, archived online, delves into the spiritual needs of mid-life and elders in our communities.

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