DRE’s Blog

What It Means to Be a Leader

This month I am completing my 3-year term as Vice President of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (“LREDA”), the professional organization for UU Religious Educators. Recently, I’ve been thinking about how this experience changed and developed me as a leader. For one, I got accustomed to leading when I am out of my comfort zone. … Continued

What Happens When Our DLRE is Away

by Jen Rehbein, Sabbatical Team When our Lifespan Religious Education Direction, Robin Pugh, let me know that she was planning a sabbatical leave this year, I felt a mix of emotions. First and most important, I was very glad for her. I am proud that our community here at UUCWC takes the well-being and professional … Continued

Why Do We Teach the Bible in Religious Education?

Every other year, the 4th – 5th grade religious education class studies the Jewish and Christian Bible for a full year. This year is a Bible year. Some UU adults wonder why we teach the Bible in religious education. They may have a negative bias toward the Bible because of what they’ve experienced about it … Continued

Crossing Paths

by Andrea Kalb How do we as Unitarian Universalists address the problem of separation from each other? How do Jewish people address the problem of exile? And how do Christians of all denominations address the problem of sin? Ask one of our current 6th- or 7th-graders taking part in this year’s Crossing Paths class and … Continued

What I’m Doing

This is my last newsletter column before I start my 4-month sabbatical on January 22nd. I’d like to take this time to answer questions about what is happening during my time away and to share my goals and plans with you. Who is taking over for you when you are on sabbatical? For children’s RE, … Continued

Unitarians’ Influence on How Americans Celebrate Christmas Today

Did you know Unitarians have had a profound influence on how Americans celebrate Christmas today? In the 1800s, the Unitarians were trendsetters. They were well educated, often wealthy, and had access to and control of popular publications. Christmas, the Unitarians believed, could be a holiday to promote their values of generosity and charity and social … Continued

UU Children’s Religious Education Curriculum

Last month, I wrote about the importance of felt experience in our classes. This month, I turn to the content of our curriculum. In UUCWC’s Religious Education program, we spend the early elementary school years building a child’s Unitarian Universalist identity. Children learn who Unitarian Universalists are, what we value and how to live our … Continued

Building Relationships on Sunday Morning

One of the first things I tell our RE teachers during their annual teacher training in September is what the goal is in their classrooms on Sunday morning. New teachers are surprised when they hear me say that the number one goal in RE on Sunday is to allow each child to leave the class … Continued

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to those families that I haven’t seen this summer. Our intergenerational water ingathering service is on September 10. Please bring a small amount of water from your home or a place you visited this summer. Our full Religious education program begins on September 17th. The RE Committee for Children and Youth and I … Continued

Coming into Connection (Coming of Age for Adults)

The Coming of Age (COA) curriculum helps youth: discern for themselves what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist, individually and as part of the larger faith community; act on personal beliefs and values; and recognize and honor the movement of a youth from childhood to adolescence within the UU tradition. We know this year … Continued