RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM

Religious Education Programming is off for the summer. We will begin again when we  join together for our Ingathering service on September 9th.

The RE Kick-Off Party (for those in K-12th grade) will be on September 16th.

Childcare in the nursery is available on all Sunday mornings from 10:20 to noon for those up to age 10.  It is located in the lower level Rainbow Rooms at Chapin Memorial Church.

Children of all ages are always welcome to attend the service in the sanctuary. Chalice bags are available in the foyer for anyone of any age who is better able to participate in a Sunday service while keeping their hands busy.  Look for special bags for those under age 3.

Please retrieve your child from the childcare room after the service. Those in 4th grade and above may walk to meet you  unaccompanied at fellowship time after the service.

RE Plans for the fall:

September 9: UUSO’s Ingathering Service  for all ages. If you remember, bring a bit of water from your travels to add to our water bowl. These waters will represent our coming together after summer adventures. Adventures can happen anywhere, even in our own back yards! There will be symbolic water available at the service if you should need some.

Web of Life Explorers (K-3rd grade): The Explorers Class will meet downstairs at Chapin Memorial Church.  This fall they will begin to explore famous UU’s through a dynamic curriculum with lots of chances to act, move, and create as they learn about UU’s in our history as well as the present day. For example: They’ll learn first aide skills when they learn about Clara Barton; Celebrate pets as they learn about Beatrix Potter; Cook together while learning about Fanny Farmer: and Study the stars as they learn about Maria Mitchell, an abolitionist as well the first woman in the US who was a professional astronomer. There will even be a class to be a super hero as they learn about Christoper Reeves, the actor who played Superman, who now advocates for the rights of the disabled.

Seekers Class (4-6th grade):  The Seekers Classroom in the lower level at Chapin.  This fall they will follow the Hogwarts Oneonta curriculum. They will learn about our seven UU principles, explore ethics and morality through the eyes of a wizarding world. This is a popular curriculum written by our past DRE, Lisa Zuend-Misner, and our current DRE, Susan Ryder. Children don’t have to know or even like the Harry Potter books to enjoy these classes. For example: There will be Potion Class (make green cleaners); Defense Against the Dark Arts (speaking truth to power); Care of Magical Creatures (pets will visit), Charms (amulets that celebrate each person’s uniqueness); and Herbology (care of the interdependent web of life).

The 7th-9th grade: Teens will have the opportunity to complete the award-winning Our Whole Lives (OWL 7-9) curriculum. OWL is a comprehensive sexuality curriculum that focuses on self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, and justice and inclusivity. Knowledgeable and trained adults work with young adolescents with the goal of providing a safe and comfortable environment in which to learn and explore issues of sexuality.  The goal of the OWL 7-9 curriculum is not to replace parents as sexuality educators for their adolescents but to support parent/adolescent communication.  More information can be found at:   https://www.uua.org/re/owl

YRUU (Young Religious UU’s in 9-12th Grade): Teens in YRUU will choose what they want to do together this year. There will be chances to attend regional UU Cons. These are conventions where many teens from our district gather to worship, play, and explore issues that will be particular to each Con.

UUSO Religious Education Quick Facts:

·       Register your child for Religious Education Classes at any time.  Forms may be found in the foyer. Completed forms can be left in the wall pocket for delivery to the church office. There is no fee.

FOR ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM CONTACT  UUSO Director of Religious Education, Susan Ryder, dre@uuso.org


  STAYING CONNECTED OVER THE SUMMER

There is no need for adventures in Unitarian Universalism and Spirit to happen only on Sundays or RE Program Days! Here are some family resources:

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