A Religious Education message from Gina
This morning on the drive to school Casey, my eleven year old, asked if there is a name for someone who doesn’t believe in God, but who doesn’t not believe in God. It took my still sleepy brain a moment or two to decipher what he was asking. He clarified, “I don’t really believe in God, because there’s no scientific evidence to support that. But I’m also not entirely convinced that there isn’t a God, or some higher power. I just don’t think it’s possible to know for sure.” We talked a little bit about the terms atheist and agnostic, and he shared that most of his peers at school are shocked when they learn that he doesn’t believe in Heaven or Hell. He shared that it is can be challenging to explain Unitarian Universalism—and I assured him that many adults find it challenging, too! We explored some talking points and came up with some ways one might begin to articulate the Unitarian Universalist faith, such as the Seven Principles. Ultimately Casey decided that for him, at least right now, being a Unitarian Universalist is about love. It’s about loving each other, loving the earth, and loving yourself. That works for me!
As Director of Religious Education, it is my hope that UUS:E is a place where our children and youth know that they are loved. It is my hope that it’s a place where love is modeled, a place where children and youth can learn and practice loving the earth, loving others, and loving themselves. And spending time together in beloved community is one of the best ways to foster this. Over the next several months the RE Committee will be offering many opportunities for children, youth, parents, and adults of all ages to spend time learning, playing, and having fun together. Please check out the list of activities below, and be sure to add the dates to your calendar. If you would like to help with any of these events, or if you have ideas for events or programs that might strengthen and nurture beloved community, please let me know!
- RE Kids Afternoon Workshops, Sun. 2/19, 12:30 – 3:30
- Movie: Kubo & the Two Strings, Sun. 2/26, 12:45 – 3
- Youth Event, Fri. 3/24, contact Gina for details
- Family Talent Show (in conjunction with the monthly Coffee House), Sat. 4/1, 6 PM
- Obstacle Course, Sun. 5/14, 12:45 -1:30
- Bike Rodeo, Sun. 6/4, 1 – 3
- Camp Out, Fri. 6/16, contact Gina for details