This Sunday in RE

Dear UUI Families,

We have a calling in this world:
We are called to honor diversity,
to respect differences with dignity,
and to challenge those who would forbid it.
We are people of a wide path.
Let us be wide in affection
and go our way in peace.
--Jean M. Rowe

Each Second Sunday, from now through May we will be learning about and practicing peaceful practices in our religious exploration sessions. We do this so our children and youth can form peaceful strategies and habits to help in times of distress so they can go out in the world and be peaceful beings. We believe peace begins at home. Peace also begins at our church home.

Tomorrow the awesome Beth Breeden will be joining us. Beth teaches meditation and she will be teaching two sessions--the first for our Kindergarten through 3rd graders and the second session for our 4th graders through 8th graders. When not in their meditation session:

  • K-3rd graders will be doing meditative coloring and zentangling.

  • 4th and 5th graders will be sharing joys and sorrows and a snack and discussing their new feral cat shelter and where to place it on the UUI property

  • 6th - 8th graders will be doing their class check in and sharing a snack.


Our preschoolers will be reading the storybook, "Dreamers" by Yuyi Morales and doing meditative coloring and sculpting with playdoh.

Our senior high youth will be doing meditative coloring, zentangling and learning now to make bath salts and scrubs with essential oils to take home. 

After the Service and RE sessions, I hope you will all stay for a community lunch. The meal is provided and there will be vegan and vegetarian options available. Senior High Youth Group meets after lunch until 1:30pm. Following lunch there is also going to be a presentation for adults, Compassion and Choices, about end-of-life care. Click here for more details. We will have fun activities for kids to do while parents attend. 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

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Your Response is Needed: Registration for our Religious Exploration Program

Whether you are new to UUI or have been attending for years, we need all families with children and youth to register for our 2019-2020 Church Year! Please Click here for our online registration! It's quick, easy and free!

UUI 40th Anniversary

UUI turns 40 this year! In honor of this event, we are going to celebrate together on Saturday, October 19.  All members and friends are invited to join us in this family friendly event. Weather cooperating, we will have early outdoor activities, a bonfire & s’mores for families, followed by an inside social hour with jazz music, a short program honoring our history, and finally, a rockin’ dance party for all!  Child care will also be available in the evening if desired. Plan to join us and watch for more announcements and details!

Halloween Party--We Need Volunteers!!

Come one, come all, come the scariest of them all! October 27 from 11:30am-1:30pm, join us at UUI's most spooktacular celebration of the year! 

Bring all of your ghostly friends to enjoy some fantastic festivities - food, games, fortune telling, bonfire, and a haunted house.

Be sure to tell your friends as we celebrate with horror d'oeuvres, hauntingly yummy sides, disgustingly delicious desserts, or mysterious mouth watering chili for our annual cook-off.

Decorate your car for our Trunk-or-Treat and pass out candy to all of our ghoulish friends who dare to arrive in costumes.

Want to be part of a dangerously daring decorating crew or stay late and be part of our chilling clean-up crew? We need lots of volunteers!  Click here to sign up to volunteer or let us know what you can bring!

CONtagious Youth CON

9th-12th Graders, join other UU youth for a youth convention (CON) from our district (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) for a weekend of social action, fun, and community. This CONtagious we will be discussing social action in education. There will be a mix of deep discussion, games, motor-based activities, quiet or more focus work and more!

This event will include! CONbands (team building in small groups), Coaffeyye Haus (AKA Coffee House/talent show), lots of fun and insightful workshops on topics like spirituality, social justice, creative expression, and building skills to use in various setting so we can take action and help our communities grow. There may even be some surprises in store! Click here to register.

For UUI Youth:

If your youth is registered to attend, please email Susanne at re@uui.org to let her know so we can arrange transportation!

As always, we never want anyone to miss out on any opportunity due to financial considerations so we do have available scholarships. Simply email Susanne to let her know you would like one.

Age of Reason Ceremony

UUI's 2019 Age of Reason Ceremony for our 1st graders (and homeschool and unschool equivalent) will be held on Sunday, November 17 during the Service. This is a milestone ceremony that celebrates reason and education during which the child's grownups present their child with a book they have chosen for the child either because the book is special to them or it has a message they particularly want their child to learn. Click here for more details and to register.

Child Care is Available!

To make family participation in the life of the church more accessible, we provide child care for the following events. If you would like to see child care for other events not listed, please contact Susanne at re@uui.org!

Spiritual Practices Group
Parents of Preschoolers Group
Parents of Elementary Kids Group
Meditation Group
40th Anniversary Party
Moon Circle

Mark Your Calendars!


UUI 40th Anniversary Party
October 19

UUI turns 40 this year! Help us celebrate! Weather cooperating, we will have early outdoor activities, a bonfire & s’mores, followed by an inside social hour with jazz music, a short program honoring our history, and finally, a rockin’ dance party for all! Child care will also be available in the evening if desired.

Parents of Elementary Kids Group
October 25

In the Social Hall from 6 - 8pm. Bring yourself, your children and a dish to share (if you are able)! Child care is provided. For more information, contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net or Shonnea Abdullah at shonnea@msn.com.

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
October 27

5pm-8pm at UUI

Parents of Preschoolers (POPs) Group
November 13

In the Social Hall from 6:30 - 8:30pm. Bring yourself, your children and a dish to share (if you are able)! Child care is provided. For more information, contact Chalice Starling at chalicestarling@gmail.com.

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
November 3

5pm-8pm at UUI

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
November 10

5pm-8pm at UUI

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
November 17

5pm-8pm at UUI

Parents of Elementary Kids Group
November 22

In the Social Hall from 6 - 8pm. Bring yourself, your children and a dish to share (if you are able)! Child care is provided. For more information, contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net or Shonnea Abdullah at shonnea@msn.com.

Popcorn, PJ, Movie Day
November 24
Kids are encouraged to invite a friend, wear their pj's and go straight to class on this annual Sunday tradition! This year we will be watching Pachamama for our little ones and Coco for our older kids. Junior and Senior High youth will be choosing their own films to watch.

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
November 24

5pm-8pm at UUI

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
December 8

5pm-8pm at UUI

Blue Christmas Service
December 13

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
December 24

This Sunday in RE

Welcome to a new year of Religious Exploration for our Children and Youth! Last Sunday we honored the start of the new church year with a water communion ceremony (pictured above).

This year we have a lot of exciting things planned as we accompany our young ones as they search for answers to life's big questions, learn how to face life's joys and challenges with compassion, generosity, and integrity, discover a sense of responsibility for others and for the Earth, and seek to find their place in something larger than themselves whether that be the divine or the universe or something else entirely. 

Today in RE:

It's Sundae Sunday, which is an annual tradition on the first day of Fall RE. It's a fun way of learning some Unitarian Universalist history! If you don't know the story, be sure and ask a UUI kid to see what they received in their mailbox today. We will have dairy-free options for our vegan friends! 

Our Preschoolers will be reading "Will Ladybug Hug" which teaches, on an age-appropriate level,  about how our bodies belong to each of us and it's ok to not hug if we're not feeling it! They will be doing fun activities together to support the message.Then they will be visiting the sundae bar.

Our K-1 Group, 2-3 Group, 4-5 Group will each be making name tags, making a Peaceable Being, which is a fun way of making a classroom covenant that explores ways we want to promise to be together in our groups this year. Then everyone will have the chance to visit the sundae bar to create their own ice cream creation. 

Our 6th - 8th Graders will be creating covenant, playing community-building games that are also designed to help youth get to know themselves, a key component of social justice learning. We will also be making name tags and visiting the sundae bar.

Our 9th - 12th Graders have special guest, Ray Wilson, visiting their class today to join in the conversation about the Climate Strike. They will also make name tags and visit the sundae bar.  

Online registration for the Religious Exploration Program is now available so please, please register your family! It's quick and easy and it helps us so much in making sure we are supporting your family to the best of our ability. 

There is more information about our Fall Session by age group and upcoming events below.

Today is going to be an awesome day! I'm looking forward to seeing you! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Preschoolers (3 & 4 year olds)
Our preschoolers will be using the Chalice Children Curriculum which is based on the philosophy that a child's spiritual development is related to the child's own direct experiences. Each week we read a story book with a story basket, and then dive deeper into the theme of the book with song, art, nature, games and more. Some of the stories we will be sharing are Will Ladybug Hug, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, The Colors of Us, Julian is a Mermaid, Thunder Boy, Jr. and The Great Kapok Tree.

Kindergarten & 1st Graders (and homeschool/unschool equivalent)

Makerspace

Our makerspace curriculum is perfect for this age group who need more free time to explore at their own pace, use their imaginations freely, and need undivided attention of their group leaders. Each week we will read a story book that will deal with life issues such as being kind, fairness, working together, hearing others, consent, and self-acceptance on an age-appropriate level and all through an anti-bias/anti-racist/multi-cultural lens. We will play games and have time to explore with our makerspace materials.

2nd & 3rd Graders (and homeschool /unschool equivalent)
Cartoon Theology

Our 2nd and 3rd Graders will be watching episodes of The Bravest Knight and Molly of Denali, discussing the episodes, and then exploring the themes with art, music, games and various other projects.

4th & 5th Graders (and homeschool/unschool equivalent)
Neighboring Activists

We will be focusing on the making a difference in the world and living our UU principles. 

We will be doing a lot of service projects on campus and taking field trips. 

We will also be building our own community by doing fun things together. 

6th - 8th Graders (and homeschool/unschool equivalent)

Social Justice Year

We will be learning about why we do social justice work, from a Unitarian Universalist perspective and then choosing projects that matter to our youth.

It’s going to be an amazing year!

 

9th - 12th Graders (and homeschool/unschool equivalent)

This year we will be youth-directed and adult advisor supported and supervised.

Youth Group is the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. We share lunch, discussion, games, youth worship and more.

Class is each week during the service, after the Words for All Ages portion of the service.

  • We will be reading books, watching movies and tv shows to discuss

  • Doing service projects such as a laundromat surprise, working at a soup kitchen, working at a food pantry and more.

  • Volunteering at church together

  • Taking field trips like going to movies, the apple orchard, Haunted Indiana trip, Youth CONs, a summer Service trip and more!

Youth are welcome to bring a friend!

 

Mark Your Calendars!

First Day Back to Religious Exploration AND Sundae Sunday
September 15
This is the first day kids and youth will be with their new groups for the church year. Click here to find out what each age group will be doing from September - November! This is an important day to be at UUI because we are getting to know each other in a new way. It's also Sundae Sunday! At the end of our RE time together on the first day, we always celebrate Sundae Sunday!

Parents of Elementary School Kids Group
September 20

In the Social Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Bring yourself, your children and a dish to share (if you are able). Child care is provided. For more information, contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net.

Youth Bash
September 20 - September 22

This is a fun weekend for our junior and senior high youth! Our 10th - 12th graders (or homeschool / unschool equivalent) spend Friday night planning the weekend for our 6th - 9th graders. Junior and Senior High Youth spend Saturday together playing games, sharing meals, and in workshops. Saturday night 9th - 12th graders have an overnight together and 6th - 8th graders have an overnight together.

Blessing of the Backpacks
September 22

Children, youth and educators are all invited to bring their backpacks, tote bags, handbags, and briefcases to church for our annual Blessing of the Backpacks! Each person will receive a keychain/backpack charm to hang on their backpack to remind them that our community supports them in their lifelong search for truth and meaning, no matter where they are.

OWL Parent and Youth Meeting (10th - 12th Grades)
September 22

From 5pm - 7pm at UUI.

Children's Chapel
September 29

On this day during Religious Exploration we will be having a special Children's Chapel, led by our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, who will be leaving the service that day with the children. A guest speaker will be delivering the sermon to the adults.

Senior High Youth Group
September 29
11:30am-1:30pm

For our youth in 9th - 12th grades (or homeschool/unschool equivalent). We will meet for lunch, games, discussion, youth worship and more in the Senior High Youth Room in the UUI Cottage.

Haunted Indiana Youth Trip
October 4-6

There are four secret weekend itineraries planned by youth adviser, Tim Murphy (parents get a copy, youth do not) for Indiana weekend road trips full of historic, spooky and some say, haunted places. By the end of their senior year, each youth has the opportunity to have gone on all four weekend trips! Click here to register and for more information.

We Honor Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 13


Fall Senior High Youth Convention CON
October 18-20
Muncie, Indiana

UUI 40th Anniversary Party
October 19

UUI turns 40 this year! Help us celebrate! Weather cooperating, we will have early outdoor activities, a bonfire & s’mores, followed by an inside social hour with jazz music, a short program honoring our history, and finally, a rockin’ dance party for all! Child care will also be available in the evening if desired.

All-Church Halloween Party
October 27

Join us for this annual tradition that includes a chili cook-off lunch, a youth-created haunted house, trunk-or-treating and a fun party for all!

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
October 27

5pm-8pm at UUI


OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
November 3

5pm-8pm at UUI

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
November 10

5pm-8pm at UUI

Age of Reason Ceremony
November 17
UUI's 2019 Age of Reason Ceremony for our 1st graders (and homeschool and unschool equivalent) will be held on Sunday, November 17 during the Service. This is a milestone ceremony that celebrates reason and education during which the child's grownups present their child with a book they have chosen for the child either because the book is special to them or it has a message they particularly want their child to learn. Click here for more details.

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
November 17

5pm-8pm at UUI

Popcorn, PJ, Movie Day
November 24
Kids are encouraged to invite a friend, wear their pj's and go straight to class on this annual Sunday tradition! This year we will be watching Pachamama for our little ones and Coco for our older kids. Junior and Senior High youth will be choosing their own films to watch.

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
November 24

5pm-8pm at UUI

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Class for 10th - 12th Graders
December 8

5pm-8pm at UUI

Blue Christmas Service
December 13

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
December 24

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

This week as I watched video of a police officer punching a child at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, live coverage of the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, this time in Midland/Odessa, and read about the Trump Administration ending the Medical Deferred Action Program which allows immigrants with serious health problems to stay in the U.S. for up to two years beyond the terms of their visas to receive critical treatment, I happened on an article by Akaya Windwood, the former president and CEO of Rockwood Leadership Institute.

In it, she says:

"The cycle of birth, growth, decline and death is a natural metaphor for what is happening on the global political stage. We are witnessing the death rattle of patriarchy and his handmaiden white supremacy.

Our old systems are in the process of disintegration and decay - they are literally falling apart in front of our eyes. Some of us will resist and stand guard, making sure that the rot and fallout are minimized. Some of us will provide hospice, insuring that the systems die well and thoroughly. Some of us will tend to the victims and survivors. Some of us will design and create new paths to a common and integrated future.

All are needed, and it’s essential that each of us understands and embraces our particular part in all of it. It’s also crucial that we support and hold up the efforts of those doing work that is different from ours. No one task is more or less important than any other - all of it is honorable and necessary.

I suggest that rather than poke around in the gore and continually make ourselves sick from toxic exposure, we attend to our collective well-being - remembering to care for each other and the earth, and to make art and love as we resist, mourn, heal and build.

We need every single one of us - those who revolt, those who restore, and those who dream and create the futures we’re committed to." --Akaya Windwood

I'm sharing this with you because I want to hold up that this is one of the things church does really well--helping us find our place in the struggle and supporting us as we do the work. And this is something that RE does for our children and youth. We are teaching our children from the youngest to the oldest the language of justice, how to care for one another, that everyone is important, is lovable, is deserving of love, just as they are. This is world-changing work we engage in every week! And we have so little time to do it. I invite you to commit to joining us on Sundays as often as possible this new church year. Help us help you find your place in this struggle as we attend to our collective well-being. Help us teach our children and youth to carry forward these lessons that are so critical. 

Tomorrow is our last summer Sunday in RE. We'll be learning about Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers.   

Please check out the mark-your-calendar section below to find out details of upcoming events and what we have planned for RE from September - November! 

I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Mark Your Calendars!

Labor Day
September 1

We will be learning about labor movement heroes such as Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez.

Water Communion Service
September 8

Our community gathers together again after the summer! Bring water from your favorite fishing hole, your travels, your kitchen tap. We will mix everyone's water together as a symbol of our homecoming and in celebration of the start of our new church year. This water is important! It will be saved and used for church rituals throughout the coming year!

September Second Sunday
September 8

Join us for a shared meal and meaningful fun for all ages! Lunch (vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available) is provided immediately following the Service. Stay tuned for more details!

Senior High Youth Group
September 8
11:30am-1:30pm

For our youth in 9th - 12th grades (or homeschool/unschool equivalent). We will meet for lunch, games, discussion, youth worship and more in the Senior High Youth Room in the UUI Cottage.

Parents of Preschoolers (POPs) Group
September 11

In the Social Hall from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Bring yourself, your children and a dish to share (if you are able). Child care is provided. For more information, contact Chalice Starling at chalicestarling@gmail.com.

First Day Back to Religious Exploration AND Sundae Sunday
September 15
This is the first day kids and youth will be with their new groups for the church year. Click here to find out what each age group will be doing from September - November! This is an important day to be at UUI because we are getting to know each other in a new way. It's also Sundae Sunday! At the end of our RE time together on the first day, we always celebrate Sundae Sunday!

Did you know the first ice cream sundae was invented by a Unitarian Universalist minister? It's true! So we're not just having a delicious snack, we're learning UU history! Please note, we will have dairy-free options available for our vegan and lactose-intolerant friends.

Parents of Elementary School Kids Group
September 20

In the Social Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Bring yourself, your children and a dish to share (if you are able). Child care is provided. For more information, contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net.

Youth Bash
September 20 - September 22

This is a fun weekend for our junior and senior high youth! Our 10th - 12th graders (or homeschool / unschool equivalent) spend Friday night planning the weekend for our 6th - 9th graders. Junior and Senior High Youth spend Saturday together playing games, sharing meals, and in workshops. Saturday night 9th - 12th graders have an overnight together and 6th - 8th graders have an overnight together.

Blessing of the Backpacks
September 22

Children, youth and educators are all invited to bring their backpacks, tote bags, handbags, and briefcases to church for our annual Blessing of the Backpacks! Each person will receive a keychain/backpack charm to hang on their backpack to remind them that our community supports them in their lifelong search for truth and meaning, no matter where they are.

OWL Parent and Youth Meeting (10th - 12th Grades)
September 22

From 5pm - 7pm at UUI.

Children's Chapel
September 29

On this day during Religious Exploration we will be having a special Children's Chapel, led by our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, who will be leaving the service that day with the children. A guest speaker will be delivering the sermon to the adults.

Senior High Youth Group
September 29
11:30am-1:30pm

For our youth in 9th - 12th grades (or homeschool/unschool equivalent). We will meet for lunch, games, discussion, youth worship and more in the Senior High Youth Room in the UUI Cottage.

Haunted Indiana Youth Trip
October 4-6


We Honor Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 13


Fall Youth Convention CON
October 18-20

UUI 40th Anniversary Party
October 19

UUI turns 40 this year! Help us celebrate! Weather cooperating, we will have early outdoor activities, a bonfire & s’mores, followed by an inside social hour with jazz music, a short program honoring our history, and finally, a rockin’ dance party for all! Child care will also be available in the evening if desired.

All-Church Halloween Party
October 27

Join us for this annual tradition that includes a chili cook-off lunch, a youth-created haunted house, trunk-or-treating and a fun party for all!

Age of Reason Ceremony
November 17
UUI's 2019 Age of Reason Ceremony for our 1st graders (and homeschool and unschool equivalent) will be held on Sunday, November 17 during the Service. This is a milestone ceremony that celebrates reason and education during which the child's grownups present their child with a book they have chosen for the child either because the book is special to them or it has a message they particularly want their child to learn. Click here for more details.

Popcorn, PJ, Movie Day
November 24
Kids are encouraged to invite a friend, wear their pj's and go straight to class on this annual Sunday tradition! This year we will be watching Pachamama for our little ones and Coco for our older kids. Junior and Senior High youth will be choosing their own films to watch.

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

I have so much to tell you! 

Tomorrow in Religious Exploration

Our Preschoolers and our K-5th Graders will be having (separate) Bubble and Raindrop Parties. This theme is based on the story, We Got Here Together by Kim Stafford (please click and read--it's beautiful!) that we will read together. There will be snacks, lots of different ways to experience bubbles, and sprinklers to play in. So we encourage your children to come dressed in clothing they don't mind getting wet and messy and to bring a towel!

Last week during RE our junior and senior high youth met with youth facilitators to discuss some of the things they would like to do this church year. That afternoon we had a pizza and planning meeting with youth advisor, Anita Saunders, UUI Board President and Lead Junior High RE Facilitator, Stacy Robinson, youth representatives, our new RE Assistant, Chelsea Surfus, me and our Director of Ministry, Jamie, to talk about our vision for the upcoming year. One of the opportunities our youth requested was occasionally being a part of the Sunday Service Team that makes church possible, so we are jumping in this week! Tomorrow our junior and senior high youth are working in the kitchen in the Social Hall, along with the Board of Directors, to make Coffee Hour possible! We have an awesome year planned, by the way--stay tuned for more details! 

Did I Mention We Have a New Religious Exploration Assistant?
We do! Be sure and stop by the RE Table and welcome Chelsea Surfus! Chelsea is a lifelong UU with experience with RE. You may know her from when she was an OWL facilitator. Chelsea will be supporting our Program five hours per week. It's a great thing and we're so happy to have her on board!

Our August Parents of Elementary Kids Meeting Was Wonderful!
This is a new group, and this past Friday we had 13 kids who ate dinner and played together while parents had the chance to have dinner and talk. Child care was provided. The next meeting is Friday, September 20 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. For more information, contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net.



And Don't Forget our Long-Running and Awesome Parent's of Preschoolers Group!
It runs on the same format as the Parents of Elementary Kids Group and it meets on the Second Wednesday of each month, at UUI, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information, contact Chalice Starling at chalicestarling@gmail.com.

Please check out the mark-your-calendar section below to find out details of upcoming events and what we have planned for RE from September - November! 

I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

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Mark Your Calendars!

Labor Day
September 1

We will be learning about labor movement heroes such as Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez.

Water Communion Service
September 8

Our community gathers together again after the summer! Bring water from your favorite fishing hole, your travels, your kitchen tap. We will mix everyone's water together as a symbol of our homecoming and in celebration of the start of our new church year. This water is important! It will be saved and used for church rituals throughout the coming year!

September Second Sunday
September 8

Join us for a shared meal and meaningful fun for all ages! Lunch (vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available) is provided immediately following the Service. Stay tuned for more details!

Senior High Youth Group
September 8
11:30am-1:30pm

For our youth in 9th - 12th grades (or homeschool/unschool equivalent). We will meet for lunch, games, discussion, youth worship and more in the Senior High Youth Room in the UUI Cottage.

Parents of Preschoolers (POPs) Group
September 11

In the Social Hall from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Bring yourself, your children and a dish to share (if you are able). Child care is provided. For more information, contact Chalice Starling at chalicestarling@gmail.com.

First Day Back to Religious Exploration AND Sundae Sunday
September 15
This is the first day kids and youth will be with their new groups for the church year. Click here to find out what each age group will be doing from September - November! This is an important day to be at UUI because we are getting to know each other in a new way. It's also Sundae Sunday! At the end of our RE time together on the first day, we always celebrate Sundae Sunday!

Did you know the first ice cream sundae was invented by a Unitarian Universalist minister? It's true! So we're not just having a delicious snack, we're learning UU history! Please note, we will have dairy-free options available for our vegan and lactose-intolerant friends.

Parents of Elementary School Kids Group
September 20

In the Social Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Bring yourself, your children and a dish to share (if you are able). Child care is provided. For more information, contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net.

Junior High Youth Group
September 20

For our youth in 6th - 8th grades (or homeschool/unschool equivalent). We will meet for dinner, games, discussion, youth worship and more in the UUI Cottage from 6pm to 8pm.

Blessing of the Backpacks
September 22

Children, youth and educators are all invited to bring their backpacks, tote bags, handbags, and briefcases to church for our annual Blessing of the Backpacks! Each person will receive a keychain/backpack charm to hang on their backpack to remind them that our community supports them in their lifelong search for truth and meaning, no matter where they are.

Children's Chapel
September 29

On this day during Religious Exploration we will be having a special Children's Chapel, led by our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, who will be leaving the service that day with the children. A guest speaker will be delivering the sermon to the adults.

Senior High Youth Group
September 29
11:30am-1:30pm

For our youth in 9th - 12th grades (or homeschool/unschool equivalent). We will meet for lunch, games, discussion, youth worship and more in the Senior High Youth Room in the UUI Cottage.

We Honor Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 13


Fall Youth Convention CON
October 18-20

UUI 40th Anniversary Party
October 19

UUI turns 40 this year! Help us celebrate! Weather cooperating, we will have early outdoor activities, a bonfire & s’mores, followed by an inside social hour with jazz music, a short program honoring our history, and finally, a rockin’ dance party for all! Child care will also be available in the evening if desired.

All-Church Halloween Party
October 27

Join us for this annual tradition that includes a chili cook-off lunch, a youth-created haunted house, trunk-or-treating and a fun party for all!

Age of Reason Ceremony
November 17
UUI's 2019 Age of Reason Ceremony for our 1st graders (and homeschool and unschool equivalent) will be held on Sunday, November 17 during the Service. This is a milestone ceremony that celebrates reason and education during which the child's grownups present their child with a book they have chosen for the child either because the book is special to them or it has a message they particularly want their child to learn. Click here for more details.

Popcorn, PJ, Movie Day
November 24
Kids are encouraged to invite a friend, wear their pj's and go straight to class on this annual Sunday tradition! This year we will be watching Pachamama for our little ones and Coco for our older kids. Junior and Senior High youth will be choosing their own films to watch.

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Welcome to the end of August. Most families with children and youth are experiencing a lot of transition right now. It's the start of the school year, obviously, with the getting up early, homework for all ages, sports teams, band practice, a multitude of clubs, AP classes, and even if you don't do school, it can be the season of the start of many new activities. That's why, at UUI, we are easing in to the new church year, to give families time to adjust to all the other changes going on in your world. We don't want to give you one more thing right now! 

Tomorrow in RE our Preschoolers are going to be focusing on the 7th UU Principle, "we believe in caring for the planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.". They will be reading the Great Kapok Tree outside under one of the glorious trees on our campus and then making small planters with faces on them and planting grass seed to take home so they can watch the "hair" grow.

For our K-5th graders, it will be the last day of our Harry Potter Summer RE. Kids can take home their trunks with all their magical equipment. During Herbology we will watch a short clip of a Herbology class from one of the Harry Potter movies and then make a DIY chia pet to take home. 

Our 6th - 12th graders will meet together to set a vision for what they want the upcoming year to look like in their respective youth programs and also find some projects to work on together. 

We will also be cleaning out mailboxes to get ready for the new church year.

Please check out the mark-your-calendar section below to find out details of upcoming events! 

I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Mark Your Calendars!

August Elementary Family Meet-up
August 23

Families of kids in kindergarten - 5th grade (or unschool/homeschool equivalent) are invited to join us for food and fun at UUI from 5:30pm-7:30pm! Parents have a pitch-in dinner and discussion while kids have dinner and fun activities with our child care staff. Please let us know how many children are coming so we can plan for child care, and if you are able to bring a dish to share. Contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net.

Labor Day
September 1

We will be learning about labor movement heroes such as Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez.

Water Communion Service
September 8

Our community gathers together again after the summer! Bring water from your favorite fishing hole, your travels, your kitchen tap. We will mix everyone's water together as a symbol of our homecoming and in celebration of the start of our new church year. This water is important! It will be saved and used for church rituals throughout the coming year!

September Second Sunday
September 8

Join us for a shared meal and meaningful fun for all ages! Lunch (vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available) is provided immediately following the Service. Stay tuned for more details!

Sundae Sunday
September 15
Each year in September we have Sundae Sunday! Did you know the first ice cream sundae was invented by a Unitarian Universalist minister? It's true! So we're not just having a delicious snack, we're learning UU history! Please note, we will have dairy-free options available for our vegan and lactose-intolerant friends.

Blessing of the Backpacks
September 22

Children, youth and educators are all invited to bring their backpacks, tote bags, handbags, and briefcases to church for our annual Blessing of the Backpacks! Each person will receive a keychain/backpack charm to hang on their backpack to remind them that our community supports them in their lifelong search for truth and meaning, no matter where they are.

Children's Chapel
September 29

On this day during Religious Exploration we will be having a special Children's Chapel, led by our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, who will be leaving the service that day with the children. A guest speaker will be delivering the sermon to the adults.

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

At UUI we practice collaborative ministry and a couple of weeks ago, Jamie and I had our annual UUI Ministry Retreat. At this retreat, we do all the usual things one does at a UU retreat--we light a chalice, check in, we covenant, we write on giant pieces of paper, we brainstorm, we eat, we take nature walks, we share spiritual practices, and we take a break from daily life to focus. We met in our beautiful Sanctuary and focused on everyone in our congregation, our beloved UUI community, what's going on in our country, and how this and so many other stressors are affecting our families, our adults, our children and youth. We dreamed big and made plans for the church year that begins in September and ends in May, 2020. I'm so excited about the coming months and can't wait to share details with you all!

Tomorrow morning our preschoolers will be doing some fun summer activities outside while our older children will be playing Quidditch (a game from the Harry Potter books) on broomsticks. Everyone will have a chance to make a magical snack! Our junior high youth will be helping out with the younger children and I'll have a special treat for them. Our senior high youth will be staying in the service to hear the sermon on toxic masculinity by one of their youth advisers, Dr. Anita Saunders.

Hope you can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Mark Your Calendars!

Labor Day
September 1

We will be learning about labor movement heroes such as Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez.

Water Communion Service
September 8

Our community gathers together again after the summer! Bring water from your favorite fishing hole, your travels, your kitchen tap. We will mix everyone's water together as a symbol of our homecoming and in celebration of the start of our new church year. This water is important! It will be saved and used for church rituals throughout the coming year!

September Second Sunday
September 8

Join us for a shared meal and meaningful fun for all ages! Lunch (vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available) is provided immediately following the Service. Stay tuned for more details!

Sundae Sunday
September 15
Each year on the first day of Religious Exploration for Children and Youth we have Sundae Sunday! Did you know the first ice cream sundae was invented by a Unitarian Universalist minister? It's true! So we're not just having a delicious snack, we're learning UU history! Please note, we will have dairy-free options available for our vegan and lactose-intolerant friends.

Blessing of the Backpacks
September 22

Children, youth and educators are all invited to bring their backpacks, tote bags, handbags, and briefcases to church for our annual Blessing of the Backpacks! Each person will receive a keychain/backpack charm to hang on their backpack to remind them that our community supports them in their lifelong search for truth and meaning, no matter where they are.

Children's Chapel
September 29

On this day during Religious Exploration we will be having a special Children's Chapel, led by our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, who will be leaving the service that day with the children. A guest speaker will be delivering the sermon to the adults.

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Tomorrow morning we continue with our Harry Potter curriculum with a Potions Class. We will be making slime and playing on the playground. Our junior and senior high youth will be meeting together as well. 

On another note, I am really excited to tell you that our well-loved nursery is about to get updated! 

Members of our RE Council for Children and Youth have chosen new carpet, Cindy Wilson has ordered it and it will be here in the next several weeks!

Before the carpet is installed we need to paint the nursery walls. I'm inviting families of small children who are currently using the nursery and families of our older children and youth who may have used the nursery in the past to participate, as a gift of support and love for our younger families, in painting the walls of the nursery on Sunday, August, 4, at noon. I will be ordering pizza and child care will be available. Please let me know if you have any questions and sign up here if you are able to help! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Educatio

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Tomorrow morning we are having a multi-generational service, which means our children and youth will stay in the service with their friends, family and community for the entire service instead of being sung out to their Religious Exploration time together following the Words for All Ages portion of the service as usual. 

During the sermon, kids will be invited to join staff and volunteers in the Social Hall where we will have engaging activities available for our preschoolers and also children Kindergarten - 6th grade to explore. 

The sermon, by our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, is “How to Be a Good Person (Your Questions Answered, Part 3)”: As we continue to answer your questions from the January “Question Box” service, this Sunday we will focus on your ethical questions. You had questions about guns, money, materialism, democracy, peace, and protecting the planet. You wanted to know how we can live ethical lives that go beyond just fulfilling our own wants and needs. This Sunday we will tackle some of those thorny issues and look at the general question of what it means to live an ethical life. 

I hope you can join us--it's going to be an awesome day! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

This morning we continue our Harry Potter curriculum in RE. Our preschoolers are going to be having a "Potions" class with Judy Pleiss and Scott Shoemaker. They will be mixing water and cornstarch together to see what happens and learning about science and our 4th UU Principle.

Our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, and Justin Cain will be teaching our Kindergarten - 5th Graders a "Defense Against the Dark Arts" class where they will learn strategies to use when they are feeling sad or stressed.

Our Junior and Senior High Youth are invited to assist with the classes. 

Peace Camp Starts tomorrow and we have such an amazing week planned. It's not too late to register! We also have payment plans and scholarships available! For financial arrangements, just send an email to Susanne at RE@uui.org. To register online, scroll down for the link. 

We also still need junior and senior high counselors!  This is a fun week for our youth where they gain leadership skills, bond with other youth and have a camp experience of their own. 

It's going to be a wonderful day and an awesome week-- I hope to see you there! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Peace Camp 2019 Starts Tomorrow--It's Not Too Late to Register!

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Scholarships are available!

Junior High and Senior High Counselors are needed! Click here to sign up--it's free to attend!

Adult Volunteers are Needed! Click here to sign up!

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

This morning we continue our Harry Potter curriculum in RE. Our preschoolers are going to be having a "Potions" class with Judy Pleiss and Scott Shoemaker. They will be mixing water and cornstarch together to see what happens and learning about science and our 4th UU Principle.

Our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, and Justin Cain will be teaching our Kindergarten - 5th Graders a "Defense Against the Dark Arts" class where they will learn strategies to use when they are feeling sad or stressed.

Our Junior and Senior High Youth are invited to assist with the classes. 

Peace Camp Starts tomorrow and we have such an amazing week planned. It's not too late to register! We also have payment plans and scholarships available! For financial arrangements, just send an email to Susanne at RE@uui.org. To register online, scroll down for the link. 

We also still need junior and senior high counselors!  This is a fun week for our youth where they gain leadership skills, bond with other youth and have a camp experience of their own. 

It's going to be a wonderful day and an awesome week-- I hope to see you there! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Peace Camp 2019 Starts Tomorrow--It's Not Too Late to Register!

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Scholarships are available!

Junior High and Senior High Counselors are needed! Click here to sign up--it's free to attend!

Adult Volunteers are Needed! Click here to sign up!

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19


Click here to register and for more details!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Tomorrow we are having a multi-generational service which means children and youth will be staying in the service instead of leaving for their religious exploration sessions as usual. We will sing the children out to do fun activities during the sermon, though! This also means that our children and youth will be able to experience elements of the service they don't usually experience when they are in their classes, such as participating in the offering and joys and sorrows with the larger congregation. This is so important as this is how we teach our young ones to "do church".

It's going to be a wonderful day and I hope to see you there! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Peace Camp 2019 is Happening Soon!

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!
Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.
Scholarships are available!
Junior High and Senior High Counselors are needed!
Adult Volunteers are Needed!
Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19
Click here to register and for more details!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Awesome UUI Families,

We have a wonderful day planned for your family today at UUI!

Some highlights are:

  • Our preschoolers - junior high youth will be immersed in and learning through the magical world of Harry Potter.

  • Our Owlettes (Preschoolers) will be learning with Judy Pleiss and Peter Langowski about our 7th UU Principle, (care of the Earth and all living things) by reading a short, adapted Harry Potter story about caring for our pets with love and then making an owl craft with feathers.

  • Our Kindergarten - 5th Graders will be attending Potions Class where they will have lots of options. Children can choose which activities they would like to participate in. Justin Cain, Pam Risley, Caleb Short and Tim Thomas will be helping the children make the Draught of Peace (also known as Oobleck) and Polyjuice Potion (also known as glitter slime). Kids can also watch how to use a magic spell (and a microwave) to make a magical soap that grows, help the Professors mix up Powdered Basilisk Skin (powdered sugar) and Horn of Bicorn (baking soda) and then watch as the professors light it on fire with Dragon Drool (rubbing alcohol) so that the snake skin will reappear from the powdered form!

  • Our junior high youth will be creating and serving Diagon Alley snacks (acid pops and magic wand treats) with Thiana Galicia for all our Hogwarts students.

  • Our Senior High Youth will be staying in the service tomorrow to hear the sermon.

  • Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, will be delivering the sermon, "Is Jesus a Unitarian?" The topic of this sermon was chosen by UUI member, Larry Miller, who was the winner of the "choose the sermon title of one's choice" auction item from this year's UUI Fall Auction. Unitarian Universalism claims Christianity as one of the sources that inspires our living tradition. Larry Miller has asked, if Jesus were to return today, to what extent would he see his teachings, his message, or the example of his life reflected in UU religious principles and practices? Where would there be differences?

I hope your family can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

POPs Camping Trip

Our Parents of Preschoolers Group is going camping July 12-14 in Brown County. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Chalice Startling at chalicestarling@gmail.com.

Peace Camp Volunteers Needed!!

Peace Camp is fast approaching and we need counselors and volunteers!

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

For more information, contact Susanne at re@uui.org or 317-418-1679.

Jedi Academy/Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages:

Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates:

Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Awesome UUI Families,

We have a wonderful day planned for your family tomorrow at UUI!

Some highlights are:

  • Our preschoolers - junior high youth will be immersed in and learning through the magical world of Harry Potter.

  • Our Owlettes (Preschoolers) will be learning about science (Potions) with teachers Judy Pleiss and Shonnea Abdullah.

  • Our Kindergarten - 5th Graders will be learning about the magic of kindness with our Worship Leader, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, teachers Pam Risley, Bonnie Underwood, Ryan Underwood and me.

  • Our junior high youth will be creating and serving butter beer with Shellie Rich to all our Hogwarts students.

  • Our Senior High Youth will be meeting and talking about their experiences at Pride this year. Stacy Robinson will be facilitating.

  • Worship Associate, John Russell, will be delivering the sermon, "Facts Matter". Description: Facts are the critical foundation of society, from science and news-gathering to education and government. They are the building blocks of knowledge and understanding, and a cornerstone of many great religions. But the pursuit of facts is under assault, whether it's the muzzling of scientists or political propaganda masquerading as truth. Join us this Sunday as journalist and worship associate John Russell takes a look at what's at stake, and what the Unitarian Universalist tradition has to say about it.

I hope your family can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

POPs Camping Trip

Our Parents of Preschoolers Group is going camping July 1 2-14 in Brown County. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Chalice Startling at chalicestarling@gmail.com.

Peace Camp Volunteers Needed!!

Peace Camp is fast approaching and we need counselors and volunteers!

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

For more information, contact Susanne at re@uui.org or 317-418-1679.

Jedi Academy/Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

We have a wonderful day planned for your family tomorrow at UUI!

Our preschool - junior high youth will be involved in the world of Harry Potter. Our little ones - 3rd grade will have the opportunity to go through Diagon Alley and "purchase" supplies and a fun new item for this week.

Our 4th - 8th graders will also get to "shop" on Diagon alley and they will be helping out and working on their leadership and community building skills in fun ways as prefects!

We will all have a Sorting Ceremony, a Welcoming Feast, and a discussion about labeling people because of the groups they belong to.

I hope your family can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Upcoming Events:

Senior High Youth this Sunday

This Sunday our senior high youth will be staying in service and sitting together to hear the sermon:

This summer we are going back and answering some of the questions you posed during our January question box service. Many of your questions were on the challenges of living out our principles in a world filled with anger and violence. How do we love those who hate us? How do we see the inherent worth and dignity of those who do not see it in us? Do we tolerate intolerance? Are we supposed to accept the unacceptable? Join us this Sunday as we examine how we might respond as Unitarian Universalists to a world that is not all sweetness and light. 

Layth, one of our youth leaders, will be reserving seats for everyone, youth advisor Tim Murphy will lead discussion afterward in the Sanctuary and Worship Leader, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, will stop by for discussion with the group.

Parents of Elementary Kids Meeting

Friday, June 21 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm is our next meeting. We will meet in the Social Hall for dinner and discussion. Please bring a dish to share. Childcare is provided.

For more information please contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net.

Jedi Academy/Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.  

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

I am so excited about church tomorrow! Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter books and movies has magically appeared again on the campus of UUI! A new thing this year is that kids preschool - 5th grade will receive an "ATM card" in their mailbox so they can access the "gold" from their Gringott's Wizarding Bank vault. Then they will have the opportunity to "purchase" their school robes, magic wand, cat or owl, purchase a tiny treat at the ice cream shop and take a quiz to help sort them into their "house" next Sunday. They will also stop by Diagon Alley's Welcome Center to learn a bit about the UU 4th Principle and pick up some floo powder to help them get to Hogwarts next week.

Our junior and senior high youth are invited to join in the fun as leaders.

I hope your family can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Parents of Preschoolers Meeting

Wednesday, June 12 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm is our next POPs meeting. We will meet in the Social Hall for dinner and discussion. Childcare is provided.

This month we have a special visit from a founding member of POPs, Gloria! We will catch up with her, and if we have time we will discuss “dysfunctional families of origin, codependency, and how that is passed on to our kids." 

Please bring a dish to share with enough for our childcare staff. We do have a child with a peanut allergy, so please do not bring anything with peanuts.

For more information, please contact Chalice Starling at chalicestarling@gmail.com.

Parents of Elementary Kids Meeting

Friday, June 21 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm is our next meeting. We will meet in the Social Hall for dinner and discussion. Please bring a dish to share. Childcare is provided.

For more information please contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net.

Jedi Academy/Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.  

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

When I was little, I was a member of a Methodist church in the small Texas town where I grew up. I say I was a member, even though I technically wasn't, because I felt every bit of one. I knew that church like the second home that it was. Looking back I'm a bit amazed at how ahead of their time the congregation was in regard to how respectful they were to the kids they were raising up in their pews. They gave us lots of latitude to roam free, make noise, play in the holy water in the baptismal font (ok, they may not have known about that!), snack on the leftover home-baked communion bread every fifth Sunday, skip Sunday School with friends and "help" in the nursery. They made sure we were supported in our faith, had secure and loving relationships with church members of multiple generations and given a solid understanding of our place in the community.

This is something I strive to bring to our community here at UUI. One of the things I have gotten to do lately is Newcomer's Orientation Meetings. I get the cool part--I hang out with the kids! Yesterday, while the grownups talked about Unitarian Universalism and UUI, the kids and I had a treasure hunt, visited the UUI Girl Scout Troop that was meeting on campus, learned how to read a hymnal, how to work the sound board, use a microphone, and we got the candle stand ready for the Sunday service. It was great fun and I'm looking forward to spending time with more of your children at future meetings!

Today is going to be a really fun day at UUI! We are going to be learning about treating people fairly and kindly and cooking food to share with our friends, all through the theme of Harry Potter and Hogwarts. I hope you can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Can you believe Memorial Day weekend is upon us? If your family is traveling for the holiday, I'm wishing you a safe and wonderful time!

If you are in town this weekend, I hope you will join us on Sunday morning! This week we're starting our Summer Religious Exploration Program for Children and Youth!

This week, in preparation for our Summer Harry Potter & Hogwarts RE Adventure, our Preschoolers, K-2nd Graders and 3rd - 5th Graders will be learning about the different Hogwarts Houses they will be sorted into soon (this year kids at UUI will be sorted into the same houses from the books and movies), and they will make wands and trunks to store all their "school" supplies in for the summer.

Our junior high youth will be discussing and planning their summer classes and playing some fun games.

Our senior high youth will be working on the Babies and Bailouts project.

It's going to be an amazing morning! Come be a part of it!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Nursery

Nursery care is available this week from 9:30am to noon.

The earlier time is to support grownups bringing children to church who want to attend the Morning Meditation Group Meetings in the Cottage, starting at 9:30am or other before-church activities.

Sermon

"On Chaos Muppets and Order Muppets" by Jamie Hinson-Rieger

Lawyer and writer Dahlia Lithwick said that all muppets can be classified as either order muppets or chaos muppets. Think Bert and Ernie. Some of us thrive in orderly and predictable environments. Some of us like it when things get a little messy. As it happens, in life, we will have plenty of experience of both! This service asks the question, are you an order muppet or a chaos muppet, and how do we deal personally and philosophically with life's unpredictability? Are we left to our own devices? Or is there someone/something ultimately pulling the strings?

Reflection

Worship Associate Elizabeth Valencia will be sharing a personal reflection called "#RamadanReflections - Building Community in Ramadan."

Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.  

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

Second Sunday

Our May "Second Sunday" is this weekend! UUI will provide the main course and everyone who is willing and able is invited to bring a dish to share. We'll gather for lunch following the Service. All are welcome! After lunch we will have Book Group in the Cottage Library and Spiritual Writing Group in the Cottage Chalice Room. We will also be working on the labyrinth and doing a labyrinth walk, weather permitting.

Junior & Senior High Youth

Our junior and senior high youth are invited to be camp counselors for Peace Camp in July! Counselors do not have to attend UUI to participate. We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent).

Click here to sign up!

This Sunday in RE

Elementary Families Group

Come get to know other UUI families with school-aged children. Our next meeting is Friday, May 24 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Social Hall. This month's featured topic is, "How do you handle sibling fighting in your family?"

Bring your parenting joys and struggles and find camaraderie and support. Bring your children for fun with other UUI children. Bring a dish to share. To RSVP, for more information, or to be added to the Facebook Group, contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net. 

Exploration Guide for this week! | May 19

Nursery

Nursery care is available this week from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Please note extended care times for this week.This is to enable grownups bringing children to Church to participate in the Meditation Group that meets in the Cottage before the service starting at 9:30am and gives the option of child care for the Congregational Meeting that follows the Service.

Preschool

We will read Will Ladybug Hug by Hilary Leung, about a ladybug learning to respect her friends' wishes about their bodies when saying goodbye. Do they want a hug? Some do and some do not and it's all ok! We will also play a ladybug game with ping pong balls and practice expressing our wishes in a role play exercise.

K-2nd Grade

We will be reading a really beautiful book, Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. Spanish speaker, Thiana Galicia, will be reading the book to the children as it has some Spanish language incorporated into the text. We will also be sharing our joys and sorrows with our friends in a new way, and then we will have an under the sea party with snacks (cheddar and pretzel goldfish crackers), coral reef straw blowing paintings, and treasure hunting in sand.

3rd - 5th Grade

One of the tasks this class is charged with is building community and this week we will be doing just that! We share our joys and sorrows with each other while we share a snack (pretzels and popcorn). Then we will play some fun games to get to know each other better and a game that is a really nice, positive affirmation for everyone that is so important at this age.

6th - 8th Grade

The class is going to learn about atheism as part of their Building Bridges curriculum.

9th - 12th Grade

Our senior high youth are staying in the service today. There are volunteer opportunities for the service. Interested youth should check in at the RE Table in the Social Hall when they arrive at church for more information.

Jedi Academy Peace Camp 2019

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy. 

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages:

Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates:

Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

Jedi Academy Peace Camp Counselors

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Jedi Academy Peace Camp Volunteers

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Today at UUI we're celebrating caregivers in our families!

Jamie's sermon is "In Praise of the Good Enough Mother" :

Our culture puts enormous pressure on mothers to be perfect. In the 1950s psychologist Donald Winnicott coined the phrase the “good enough mother” to express the idea that not only is there no such thing as the perfect mother, but our imperfections are actually good for our kids. This Mother’s Day let’s honor the people who have parented us imperfectly. Special music by Onis Dean and Pearl Scott!

Our children and youth are celebrating Mother's Day in a UU way--please check out details below!

It's going to be an amazing morning! Come be a part of it!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Elementary Families Group

Come get to know other UUI families with school-aged children. Our next meeting is Friday, May 24 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Social Hall. This month's featured topic is, "How do you handle sibling fighting in your family?"

Bring your parenting joys and struggles and find camaraderie and support. Bring your children for fun with other UUI children. Bring a dish to share. To RSVP, for more information, or to be added to the Facebook Group, contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net.

Nursery

Nursery care is available this week from 10am to noon.

Preschool

We will be learning about families! We will read Who's In a Family by Robert Skutch and making cards for the grownups who take care of us.

K-2nd Grade

We will be having a stations class where kids can choose between crafts and activities to make and take home and gift the grown ups who care for them.

3rd - 5th Grade

We will be having a stations class where kids can choose between crafts and activities to make and take home and gift the grown ups who care for them.

6th - 8th Grade

The class is going to learn about Earth-based religious practices as part of their Building Bridges curriculum. Today we will have a special guest attending class to share their faith tradition with our youth.

9th - 12th Grade

Our senior high youth are working on the Babies and Bailouts initiative. This program raises money to bail out mothers who are being held in jail due to their lack of ability to pay bail.

Jedi Academy Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.  

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!  

Jedi Academy Peace Camp Counselors

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Jedi Academy Peace Camp Volunteers

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

May the 4th be with you! This is a great day to

  • register children for Peace Camp! We'll be meeting the week of July 15-19 on our beautiful UUI campus. It's going to be an amazing time!

  • sign up to be a volunteer. Whether you have an hour or a week, any time you have to share with our campers will be appreciated. Please consider helping out, making some awesome summer memories and making the world a better place!

  • reach out to any youth you know who would be great camp counselors. We need junior counselors (7th and 8th graders) and senior high counselors (9th - 12th graders).

Tomorrow's going to be an awesome day to be at UUI! I hope to see you there!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education