2018-19 RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION PROGRAM

 

 

Jill Hall, Director Religious Exploration –   kuucdre@gmail.com

 

 

 

Sunday, April 7      Children begin in the sanctuary and are sung out to classes. Younger children meet with Betsy Stacey to continue the Moral Tales curriculum. Older children meet with Jill Hall on the topic of Big Questions.

Sunday, April 14   Children begin in the sanctuary and are sung out to meet with Jill Hall to prepare a special coffee hour for parents and other adult caregivers. Children will have supervised playtime after the service while their grown-ups enjoy coffee, snacks and the conversation of other UU adults.

Sunday, April 21 Children remain in the sanctuary for the entire service as our congregation celebrates Easter morning together. This is a multigenerational service and there will be no RE classes this morning.

Sunday, April 28   Children begin in the sanctuary and are sung out to join Deborah Dunnell for a “drop-in” session in the Blocks room.

**Adult helpers needed for each of these Sundays. To volunteer, please contact Jill Hall at the email below ahead of time or find her on Sunday morning to reserve your place in the RE classroom.

Last Month in RE

During March, the Sunday morning RE groups met altogether to reflect on who we come from – who are our ancestors? How do we remember them? We read The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco and made “quilt” squares out of wallpaper samples, with the help of leaders Jill Hall and Beth Mucci.

The next week Rev. Michael led the whole group in a consideration of the hero’s journey as seen in a clip from the movie Moana. The children talked about “anger monsters,” the power of myth to explain our world and made masks.

The next two weeks the groups met separately. First, Betsy Stacey and Beth Mucci led the younger group (grades K-3) in an exploration of Forgiveness, with story, activities and crafts. The next week Betsy again led this group with the theme of the Good Samaritan, this time with Áine DeDanaan helping. Both sessions are from the UUA curriculum Moral Tales.

Meanwhile, Jill Hall, Áine DeDanaan and the older children (grades 4-6) discussed our choices and how they affect ourselves and others, sometimes even far into the future. This session and the one on Moana come from the Popcorn Theology series of curricula. The next week this group explored one of the “big questions” – where do we come from? – with Jill Hall and Judy Saunders.

On March 31 the groups reshuffled, with the children K-5 meeting Deborah Dunnell in the Blocks area and the 6th graders exploring a new (to us) spiritual practice with Jill Hall.

Many thanks to the above-named folks and others who volunteer to lead or help in the Sunday morning classes. Thanks also to the RE committee, Barbara Bryce, Deborah Dunnell, Sarah Franklin, Betsy Stacey, and Tina Stevens (with apologies for mis-recording her name last month), and Board liaison, Andrea Ansevin-Allen for their leadership and support of the RE program.

UU Parenting Coffee Hour Parents and other adults raising UU children, please plan to join Jill Hall and the RE Committee on Sunday, April 14 after the service for coffee and snacks (prepared by the children) and a chance to chat with others who are also on this UU child-rearing journey. The children will be enjoying snacks and supervised play elsewhere until noon while we chat. Questions about this event or other RE matters, please contact Jill Hall, kuucdre@gmail.com