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A Religious Education Message from Gina

Dear Friends,

Our worship theme for the month of October is belonging. In Religious Education we will spend time in children’s chapel exploring the concept of belonging through several different lenses:

  • Belonging to a history, the practice of making sure no one gets left out of the story
  • Belonging to yourself, the practice of knowing who you are
  • Belonging to Big Things, the practice of opening to the Interdependent Web and understanding that we all belong to one another

We will explore these concepts of belonging through stories, guided meditations, and creative exercises. Each week in the RE Update and in the RE Families Facebook group I will include links for books, YouTube videos, and other resources that might be useful in further exploring the concept of belonging with your child at home. (Remember, religious education is not limited to Sunday mornings! In fact, parents are actually a child’s first and best religious educators. Religious education can take place all week long, in any location, and at any time. Dinner time conversations, bed time stories and songs, and discussions in the car on the way to soccer practice or dance lessons are all opportunities to explore religion and spirituality!)

I encourage all of you to explore the idea of belonging, too. In what ways does UUS:E feel like a place of belonging to you? Are there ways in which you sometimes feel as though you don’t belong? Does our community welcome everyone in a way that allows all to feel a sense of belonging here? How might we do a better job centering the voices and experiences of those who are oppressed and often silenced?

Sometimes the first step in belonging is engagement! If you’re looking for opportunities to become more involved in the life of the UUS:E community, there’s no shortage of engaging, enriching activities being offered this year. In fact, there are quite a few offerings coming right up in October. Check out the possibilities below and see if any are of interest to you.

  • Care Packages for our Young Adults; Through October 13 the Youth Group is collecting items to make up care packages for the young adults of our congregation who are away at school or pursuing other post high school adventures. Donations of tea, snack bars, hot chocolate, inspirational notes, and other goodies can be dropped in the collection box in the lobby. Monetary donations to help offset the cost of postage are also welcome!
  • RE Harvest Brunch; Sunday, 10/20, 10:15 AM Join us on the Garden Level between services for a multi-generational potluck brunch. Please bring a dish or baked good to share!
  • Trunk or Treat; Saturday, 10/26, 6:00-8:00 PM Adults come “trick out” your car trunk and kids come collect some yummy treats! Afterward we’ll go inside for refreshments and a not-too-scary movie.
  • Ancestor Day Multigenerational Worship Service, 10/27 at 9 & 11 AM, followed by Trick or Treating for UNICEF. Feel free to come in costume & bring coins for the UNICEF collection boxes.

Gina Campellone, Director of Religious EducationWishing you an abundance of blessings this fall!


Be well & be loved,