Religious Education

Programs for Adults and Children:

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Unitarian Universalist Society: East offers a variety of opportunities for adults. From exploring Unitarian Universalist (UU) themes in literature to social justice issues to yoga, you can further your knowledge and meet new friends to share ideas and beliefs.

Religious Education Program for Children

It is only through our work together as parents and a religious community that we can teach our children our shared beliefs and values. It is only through our work together as parents and a religious community that we can teach our children our shared beliefs and values.

It’s time to register for the 2020-2021 Religious Education Program

It’s time to register for Unitarian Universalist Society: East’s 2020-2021 Religious Education Program. Programming will be a bit different this year. Actually, it will be significantly different! Our aim is not to try to replicate our typical program in a virtual format, but rather to intentionally adapt our focus and goals. In keeping with the UUA’s guidance, no programming, including worship services and Religious Education, will take place in the building until it can be done so safely. After much discussion and a great deal of discernment, we have decided that the focus of this year’s RE program will be to foster and strengthen children’s and families’ connections to one another, to the congregation, and to the larger UU faith community. Most importantly, we hope to be a consistent source of love and support to our children and youth in a time when the world feels upside down and unpredictable.

We know that most kids will now be spending a considerable amount of time in front of a computer screen engaged in virtual learning. Zoom fatigue is real, and the last thing any kid needs right now is to be expected to participate in yet another virtual class after school or on the weekend. This is why we have opted not to use our typical RE curricula. Although we will, by necessity, be virtual, this year’s programming will not follow the usual lesson, craft, game format.  Instead, our program will utilize audio-visual media to teach and explore topics such as social justice, equity, the environment, religion, and spirituality.

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Coming up . . .

Sunday, Dec. 6 at 7 PM: Holiday Story Time! Put on some comfy jammies, get yourself a bedtime snack, and cozy around your computer screen as Rev. Josh, Gina, and Heather share with you some of their favorite holiday books.

Sunday, Dec. 13 at 10 AM: In keeping with December’s ministry theme, “stillness,” we’ve created a virtual worship service based on the story of Julian of Norwich, whose propensity for stillness allowed her to hear some very special messages from God, including the most well-known message, “All shall be well.” The story will be brought to life with the artwork of one of our Junior Youth, Sadie Nitzan.

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 10 AM: Our wildly popular Holiday Music Service goes virtual! Mary Bopp and the Music Committee will bring us the magic of the season with musical selections, both vocal and instrumental, performed by UUS:E’s talented musicians, including kids and families! It’s not too late to be a part of it. Contact Mary Bopp if you’d like to submit a video.

Monday, Dec. 21: Celebrate the first day of winter with a Winter Solstice Make & Take activity pack. Make & Take packs will include a lesson about Solstice, a cool craft, and a sweet treat, Packs will be available to pick up from UUS:E in advance. Sign up is required! More info will be forthcoming.

Thursday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve worship, including a virtual Christmas Pageant starring all of YOU! At least we hope it will be starring all of you! Unlike our usual “no rehearsal pageant,” which requires your actual presence on Christmas Eve, this one will be filmed in advance. The more folks who participate, the more fun it will be. Please consider participating! Keep an eye out for details coming soon!

Resources to Explore Possibility

Books To Read Together

Good People Everywhere, by Lynea Gillen  (Author), Kristina Swarner (Illustrator)

“A colorful picture book that will warm the hearts of children and adults alike, each of its pages contain endearing examples and vibrant illustrations to inspire children to grow into grateful, caring, and giving people. It provides a wonderful way to calm children before sleep, ease their fears, and help them develop an appreciation for good work.” – Amazon

Theme Connection:  We believe in the possibility of good in all people.

Family Movie Night Ideas

A Goofy Movie (G)

“Free of the pressures that sometimes smother the big Disney releases, this movie has a refreshingly casual feel, with some sly humor, even daring to poke fun at Disney itself. The teen characters are contemporary without the prepackaged feel of other Disney productions (like “The New Mickey Mouse Club”), and there are lively songs performed by Tevin Campbell. It’s a shame that the G rating might scare off the film’s optimal audience, the 10-14 age group. If you can persuade them to take a look, they will find much to enjoy and identify with.

At the center of the story is Max, struggling through the torturous insecurity and self-consciousness of adolescence. Like all teens, he is humiliated by his father’s goofiness. But the movie’s great joke is that in this case, his father is not just goofy, he is Goofy, the Goof of all Goofs, the Uber-Goof!” – Common Sense Media

Theme Connection: The possibility of being wrong and restoring a relationship.

Gym Teacher: The Movie (age 6+)

“Parents need to know that this made-for-TV movie touches on themes like teamwork, perseverance, and self-perception and examines what it means to be a winner. There’s some poor sportsmanship and bullying (tweens tease a classmate, putting him down and throwing things at him), but it could prompt family discussions about respecting others and being tolerant of differences…” – Common Sense Media

Theme Connection: The possibility of change.

Support for Parents as Faith Formation Guides

Starting over; Despite our best intentions, all parents make mistakes, act inconsistently, and generally fall short of our goals. But we can also model asking for forgiveness.

Michelle Richards

How to Teach Humility to Your Kids in a Digital Age

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For more information contact us at 860-646-5151 or at [email protected].