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A Religious Education message from Gina

Dear Friends,

Traditionally the month of September is one of new beginnings. It marks the start of a new school year, a new church year, and a new Religious Education program. It’s a busy and exciting time, a time of preparation and anticipation, a time of wondering what’s in store for us as we return again to the familiar schedules and routines that were on pause during the summer.

My September newsletter column typically describes the RE programming we’ve planned for the upcoming school year, and provides a detailed calendar of meeting dates, all congregation worship services, and special events. However, for the second year in a row, things are a bit up in the air due to the ever-changing status of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Delta variant has introduced new complications and led to a rise in the rate of infections. But we are hopeful that the spike will be short lived, and we remain optimistic that with continued mask wearing and safety protocols in place, a return to in person programming will be possible in the very near future.

At the time of this writing, it appears that UUS:E’s original plan to reopen on September 12th will be pushed out to early October. This could change, of course, depending on how this new wave of the coronavirus unfolds. As has been the case for the past 18 months, patience and flexibility will be necessary. It’s frustrating and disappointing that the kickoff to this year’s RE program will not be as smooth as we hoped it would be. The good news is that the excellent program we have planned isn’t going anywhere. It’s simply on hold. The silver lining is that the delayed start affords us extra time to prepare and recruit additional volunteers.

For the time being, worship services will remain online, and we will continue to offer some RE programming outdoors, as well as some virtual gatherings on Zoom. The RE Committee and I are in the process of working out dates and details. You can expect to hear from us soon with the specifics.

In the meantime, if you’ve not already done so, please take a look at what’s planned for the coming year. For a succinct summary of the program and curricula you can check out this PowerPoint slide show. We’ve made some changes to both the structure and content of the RE program, and I urge everyone—not just parents—to read about it. This year, more than ever before, we are counting on the support of volunteers to make our program successful. We are especially in need of folks who can share a special hobby, skill, or passion with the kids on Sunday mornings. It’s a very short-term commitment, requiring just one to three Sunday mornings in total. Please consider what role you might play.

Parents, if you’ve not registered your child for RE, please follow this link to do so ASAP. A new registration must be completed each year. All children, including those who may be in the nursery, should be registered. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. The best way to contact me is by email ([email protected]) or Facebook messenger.

Thank you for your unwavering support and patience as we continue to navigate our way through the many unknowns.

With love,

Gina

Gina Campellone, Director of Religious Education