The regular column from Rev. Judy Tomlinson, Director of Religious Education. Rev. Judy may be reached by email at dre@ocuuc.org.

Feelings Count

Resilience is our theme this month. From Soul Matters, “Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, challenge, tragedy, trauma or adversity. When children are resilient, they are braver, more curious, more adaptable, and more able to extend their reach into the world.” The person I’ve read the most on the combined topics of…

Vision for RE in 2020

Happy New Year! The day after Christmas I look out my window to see squirrels frolicking in the trees munching on pine cones. The night rain has washed everything clean. The trees are well watered. I love these trees and the squirrels who live in them. I feel kin to them and to the humming…

Offering Gratitude

Our youth raised $264.01 to buy the supplies we needed to make 100 First Aid kits for the Hearts and Hands interfaith day of service. I’m so proud of them!!! And, grateful to you, congregation, who supported them! Thank you, Judith Stamper for organizing us and buying the supplies. Five youth and eight adults, including…

The Holidays are Upon Us

It is time to dive into the holidays! We will start with a Dia de los Muertos celebration. This has been a big topic of conversation. Can we engage in a cultural celebration that does not have Unitarian Universalist roots? It is a good question. And, I’m not finding any easy answers. After colonizing a…

LET’S MAKE OUR PRESENCE FELT

News. Young people are making it! I went to the Climate Strike on Friday, September 20 at the Huntington Beach Pier. I have been to countless protests in my life. They all felt urgent, compelling as did this one. I had been to a protest at the Pier before. To release children from detention camps…

Religious Education News

I’m full of expectation as our new program year begins! I expect great things. I anticipate that we will have classrooms full and bustling with eager teachers and learners of all ages. That we will touch, explore and act on our deep spiritual source. That we will have fun together and laugh together That we…

Random Kindness

“a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” begins the movie Star Wars. This summer, children will be welcomed as padawans—new initiates—into Jedi Master training in the Jedi Temple. They will learn, as Master Obiwan Kenobi once said that, “The Force is what gives a Jedi his (her) power. It’s an energy field…

Passport to Spirituality

Our age groups are combined this summer for our new curriculum, Passport to Spirituality. Continuing through October 1st, we will be exploring the spiritual practices of world religions. Each Sunday, we will imagine that we are traveling the world. At each country we visit, the children will receive a sticker for their passport, learn about…

Kicking Off Our New Church Year

On October 16th we kicked off our new church year with new curricula! Our PreK-2nd graders are exploring World of Wonder, a program that delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and…

Looking Ahead to Our New Church Year

Calix School of Unitarian Universalist Magic has come to a close after twelve great weeks. Children, youth, family members, and teachers all celebrated with an end-of-term potluck brunch feast and magic show on Sunday, September 25th. Our children really seemed to enjoy and get a lot out of this curriculum, and much of that success…