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



RE Calendar

Sunday, September 8        Ingathering and Water Communion This is a Multigenerational worship service. Children will remain in the sanctuary for the entire service.

Sunday, September 15     Children (grades 1-5) will begin in the sanctuary and be sung out to join Deborah Dunnell in the downstairs Blocks Room. They will explore the theme of Expectation through the story, Henry Builds a Cabin by D.B. Johnson. A caring adult helper is needed this morning.

Parents are invited to an informal coffee conversation with Jill immediately after the service. Bring your coffee to the benches by the RE bulletin board to chat about RE offerings and opportunities for this church year.

11:30 RE Committee meeting in the Alliance Room. All are welcome.

Sunday, September 22 There is no RE this morning. Children are welcome to remain in the sanctuary during the service. There will be an assortment of tools for busy hands in the rear of the sanctuary, for people of any age to use during worship. Please return materials after worship.

2:30pm, Alliance Room. Informational meeting for parents and guardians interested in enrolling their middle school child(ren) in Neighboring Faiths.

Sunday, September 29 There is no RE this morning. Children are welcome to remain in the sanctuary during the service.

2:30-4:30pm, Alliance Room. Neighboring Faiths RE group meets.

Neighboring Faiths

This autumn, Keene UU Church (KUUC) is offering middle school youth the opportunity to engage personally with the faith traditions in our community and to go beyond tolerance of religious diversity to a deeper understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism. Participants will learn about world religions, their origins, beliefs and practices, and engage with faiths by visiting houses of worship or hosting conversations with believers. By combining two established curricula, Neighboring Faiths (UUA, 1997) and Building Bridges (Tapestry of Faith, 2013), the adult facilitators of this group will support the participants in choosing faiths they would like to explore (learn about) and engage with (visit or host representatives). Program goals for participants include increasing knowledge of religions practiced around the world and locally; reflecting on what is unique and universal in religious experience; exploring their own values and deepening their spiritual search; and fostering acceptance of religious diversity and the diversity of followers within individual religions. While this is a Unitarian Universalist program, participants from other faith traditions or no current faith tradition are all welcome. Differences of experience and opinion will be respected, and participants will practice both connecting with others and disagreeing with respect and civility.

This program is free to members of KUUC; community members are requested to provide a nominal fee of $50 to cover materials and facilitator training. If this fee is a hardship, a waiver may be obtained by communicating with Rev. Michael F Hall, minister at KUUC or Jill Hall, Director of Religious Exploration.

Interested parents/guardians are invited to an informational meeting at KUUC, 69 Washington St, on Sunday, September 22 at 2:30pm, where you will be able to experience the curriculum, ask questions, and provide input about which religions you are hoping the group will explore. Attendance is not required but every participant must have a signed permission form indicating parental understanding of the time commitments and that there will be off-site trips to visit other faith communities. Please contact Jill Hall at kuucdre@gmail.com with any questions, for more information including a schedule of meetings, or to let me know you are coming to the parent meeting.

Adults Needed

Offering the middle school curriculum Neighboring Faiths is part of fulfilling KUUC’s mission of creating compassionate community. In order to comply with our Safe Congregations guidelines this group needs an adult helper for each meeting that is at KUUC (15 total, from late September through early April), and adult drivers and chaperones for 4-6 off-site visits to houses of worship or other sacred sites. Opportunities include:

  • Volunteer as adult helper for the entire course or for 3-5 individual meetings.
  • Volunteer as IT support for the program; troubleshoot the church’s wifi/internet access and support participants using the chUUrchcraft app, either for the entire course or for specific meetings.
  • Volunteer as admin support – call/email other congregations to arrange for our visit or for representative to meet with us here at KUUC. This job could be shared among 2 or 3 people or taken on by one person.
  • Volunteer to drive and chaperone off-site visits.
  • Volunteer to lead one or more sessions, integrating the curriculums (Neighboring Faiths, Building Bridges and chUUrchcraft), leading activities, moderating discussions.

For more information, to talk about these opportunities, suggest other ways to help, or to sign up, please email Jill at kuucdre@gmail.com