Blogs (Page 19)

Blogs (Page 19)

Summer 2011

The summer days are racing by for many of us. OCUUC Religious Educaiton has had some great moments for our Going Green Summer. Water day, recycling sorting, and mask making have been just a few activities our children and youth have participated in over the past month. Some of us are able to travel and get away for a time. My husband and I were visiting Oslo about two weeks before the tragedies there began, and we were very saddened…

Standing On The Side of Love 2011 and 2012

Standing on the Side of Love. Powerful words, and I can feel the love and strength of our denomination when we sing this song together. One of the great things about being a Unitarian Universalist is that we don’t simply sing lines to our shared songs, we are called to live out the values of those words in our daily lives. And we are obligated to share those values with our young people. As I return from this year’s General…

Religious Education Summer 2011

Please join OCUUC Religious Education for our 2011 Going Green Summer! We will take a look at ways to save energy, how we use water, what happens to the things we throw away and more! Note our time change for summer services and Religious Education for Children and Youth. OCUUC will transition to our summer schedule of one service only. RE will gather from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday mornings in July and August 2011.   Rayna Hamre, Director of…

June DRE Report

June is the time of year to extend thank-yous to the many people who make our OCUUC Religious Education program vibrant and exciting for our youngest UUs. It takes many people to provide our Sunday RE classes and other activities throughout the year, and 2010-2011 was very busy. Our social justice work took some of our youth and chaperons to San Francisco for the April Faithful Fools Street Retreat. We had other opportunities for families to have hands-on work with…

May DRE Report

Traditionally, when we weave a Maypole on Beltane, or May Day, we visualize and then weave in our intentions for the upcoming year. As I taught our OCUUC children to weave a Maypole on May 1, I found myself reflecting on what we have woven together as a religious community over the past months. Our weave is something lovely. Our grades 7-12 youth group, led by Merrie Lee Wooten and Mike Scott, looked for the UU Messages in Music. Along…

April DRE Report

An umbrella. Six dollars. Dry shoes. These are items that middle class people don’t think very much about, that we can easily take for granted. After spending a day in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco on a Faithful Fools Street Retreat, I now see them very differently. The Faithful Fools Street Retreat program is designed for participants to step out of their everyday world and to directly experience the world of the homeless. I had the privilege of participating…

March DRE Report

I am always proud to be a Unitarian Universalist, but there are times when I am exceptionally proud. One of those times was last summer at General Assembly when I went into the dining area at the Minneapolis Convention Center. All the cups, utensils and plates were made from corn-based products, compostable and biodegradable. Another point of pride for me is our denominational Green Sanctuary movement and our upcoming Green Theology course at OCUUC. I was recently able to take…

February DRE Report

One of the wonderful things about being a Unitarian Universalist is our appreciation for the world’s religions that is reflected in our Six Sources. In January, in addition to our regular classroom curricula, I read a Buddhist story for our all-church “Time for All Ages” by Buddhist author Jon J. Muth. Teachers and youth spent our fifth Sunday all-ages-together time in a further exploration of Buddhism. Personally, I have strong ties to Zen Buddhism. I learned and practiced Zen at…

January DRE Report

Our Seventh Principle directs Unitarian Universalists to have “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” There are many ways that parents and religious educators can help foster that respect in our youth. This year our Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten class is using a UU curriculum called We Are Many, We Are One, by Colleen McDonald, published by the UUA. Two of these sessions caught my eye this year, since I am working on deepening my ties…

December DRE Report

Who is the Messiah? It has been one of my great joys over the past few months to teach and assist in our Grades 1-3 Religious Education classroom. We are using the UUA Tapestry of Faith on-line curriculum “Moral Tales”. During a recent session I read the children the story The Messiah is Among You.* The story is about children in school who argue constantly. Their teacher, Mr. Cohen, after trying everything he knows, seeks help from his Rabbi. When…

November DRE Report

Fall is the season that deeply resonates with me. I have always loved the bustle of children heading back to school, beginnings tucked into the traditional harvest time, the seasonal time of endings. This year, as a new Director of Religious Education, I added the start of our fall Religious Education program to my list of joys. There have been many joys and sorrows mixed into the fall days for me this year. One ending that saddened me was the…

October DRE Report

The education of our youth is a sacred responsibility. We, as Unitarian Universalists, are passing along our tolerance, love and ethics to our young people and helping them to navigate the wider world. Is this the responsibility of one person, group, or sub-group of a congregation? Of course not! This is the responsibility of everyone in a congregation and in our entire denomination. Personally, I love the way our congregation connects with our youth. We have a caring community of…