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

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…

Exciting Calix Plans for the Rest of Summer

During the past month, OCUUC children and youth planted succulents on our church grounds, took a walking field trip to the park to learn Quidditch, had the opportunity to handle and learn about several types of reptiles and amphibians during a presentation by Jurassic Parties, and learned some self defense techniques thanks to volunteers from…

Supporting Our Wonderful Children

I am so thrilled to be taking the reigns as your new Director of Religious Education. My first day was July 1st. Many of you have taken time to reach out to me in welcome, and I truly appreciate your support. For those of you I haven’t met yet, please find me on a Sunday…

Farewell

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes; (turn and face the strain) Ch-ch-changes; Oh, look out you rock n rollers Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes; (turn and face the strain) Ch-ch-changes; Pretty soon now you’re gonna get a little older Time may change me; But I can’t trace time I said that time may change me; But I can’t trace time -David Bowie Many songs…