They Will Be Our Brothers and Sisters

Hello to all our wonderful families!

I wanted to share with you a story I heard a couple of weeks ago, that President Obama shared at the Leaders Summit on Refugees that took place alongside the U.N. General Assembly. It's a story of a 6-year-old boy from New York named Alex. Alex wrote to the President after seeing a shell-shocked 5-year-old boy, Omran, pulled from wreckage after an airstrick in Aleppo, Syria. Alex wanted President Obama to go get Omran and bring him to Alex's house so they could be brothers.    

The White House shared this video: 

I was really struck with the fact that Alex, at 6-years-old, really seems to get what we as Unitarian Universalists work for and believe in--radical welcoming. We ask everyone to come in, to both be a part of us and also to change us with who they are.

Hearing this story also made me realize that the public discourse around the refugee crisis and the moral crisis this is creating for many people is making its way into the ears and the consciousness of our children and youth. 

I encourage you to learn more about the plight of these refugees and talk to your children so they hear about it from you and not just from others who don't necessarily share our UU values.

To help with this, in RE last week our 4th and 5th graders learned about welcoming refugees and we will continue to teach these lessons to all age groups, in age-appropriate ways.

If you do have this conversation with your family, it may reassure your children and youth to know that their church is doing a lot to help refugees arriving in Indianapolis and there are ways for them to help as well.

This Sunday in the Social Hall after the Service, during our Second Sunday Program, there will be an opportunity to make welcome cards for refugees arriving in Indianapolis from other parts of the world. These cards will be placed in the new homes of refugees arriving here and I am told these cards make a big positive difference in adjusting to this new home. If you're not able to stay and would like to participate, let me know because I will have some card-making-to-go kitsso you can create cards during the week and bring them back next Sunday.

Next Sunday, October 16, in the afternoon, some members of our Young Adults group are going to be helping a refugee family move into their new home. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Leslie Massicotte at leslie.massicotte@gmail.com. Children are welcome! If you would like to make a donation of household items, please click here to view the list of needed items.

Jackie Wyatt and Ed Archer of the UUI Refugee Tutoring Program hold a warm clothing drive each year. They are kicking off this year's clothing drive as they have 21 new Congolese children and adults arriving in Indianapolis who are not prepared for winter. If you would like to purchase clothing, please click here for the list of needed items. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Clothing donation baskets are located in the coat closet in the Social Hall or contact Ed at edparcher@aol.com or Jackie at jackiwyatt@aol.com.

I hope to see you this Sunday--we have a great day planned!

 

An Oasis

My dear friend, Jennifer, who I have known since our girls were little, once told me why she was volunteering at her synagogue's Midrasha program. Midrasha, if you're not familiar, is similar to our own senior high youth group meetings. If you've ever worked in youth planning and facilitating, you know it's a lot of work! Jennifer said the reason she engaged in this work is because when your culture is a minority culture in the area in which you live, it's really important to create an oasis of that culture in your place of worship. I was a Methodist living in deep East Texas at the time so I didn't really understand what she meant.

The importance of this idea became very apparent to me when I became a Unitarian Universalist and it's an ideal I now work for every day as I serve this congregation.

Most of us, if not all of us, including our children and youth, are being hit with a barrage of negative messages about race, immigration, our GLBT friends and family, the poor, the marginalized (the list goes on) from our media, coworkers and bosses, classmates and teachers on a daily basis. Add to that the fact that many of us face these same messages when spending time with our extended families and this can have us feeling very alone, upset and frustrated.

As we move into October with these beautiful autumn days and fall breaks that span almost the entire month when you look at all the local school districts' calendars, I hope you will be able to join us on Sundays as often as possible. Being in this liberal religious oasis with like-hearted friends is more important than ever.

Come early and meditate with Gloria Moya and her Beginner's Meditation Group, walk the labyrinth that was newly restored by Ian McIntosh. Spend a few quiet moments in the beautiful Memorial Garden that Donna Foster so lovingly cares for. Come to the service and sing our songs, hear words that will inspire you, know that your children are learning lessons that will change their lives and help them change the world. Make friends who will support you through life's joys and sorrows. It's a gift you can give yourself, your children and your fellow congregants as you are there for them as well.

We have a great day planned for all ages this Sunday. Hope you can join us!

 

Here for You!

Hello UUI Families!  

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!  

This week I realized how much I take for granted that our three daughters, Claudia who is almost 21 and Jordan and Sam who are both 17 are not only at an age when they can drive themselves places and get themselves ready in the morning, but also have the ability to do so.

Before that realization I was remembering when they were little. Those were precious days but what a challenge it could be trying to get everyone out the door to be somewhere at a specific time. Last minute tantrums, finding we had forgotten to pick up something for breakfast at the grocery store the day before, no clean socks, the list could go on and on! And if everyone had to look presentable, well, we might just opt to stay home.

And that led me to think about all the beautiful families we have at UUI, many of whom have small children and some of whom may have special needs.

Part of my job as Director of Lifespan Religious Education is to support families. If there is anything you can think of that I can do to help you, please let's discuss it. Is there a support group we can form? Do you need an ear or a hand with something?

What I can offer you now, is reassurance that it's ok if you're not at church right at 10:30am when the service starts. If you are late, you are not the only one! Also, you may have noticed, we're not really a dress up type of congregation, so if hair isn't brushed or socks don't match, no one is going to notice or care!

In my office I always have granola bars and bottles of water, so if you're running late and can't manage breakfast on a Sunday morning (or if one of your crew refuses breakfast at home and then decides they are hungry the minute you leave the house!), don't even hesitate to let me know. I also keep non-perishable food in my office in case families are running low before a payday, a change of clothing in various sizes and diapers and wipes. All requests for assistance will be kept strictly confidential. 

I am super excited about everything happening at UUI this Sunday--the service, the religious education classes and the December Second Sunday Program

I hope your family can join us! It's going to be a great day!    

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger,

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Is It Sunday, Yet?!

As adults, we often find when we come to church on a regular basis that we build connections and community. And through this community we can find a deeper sense of meaning and purpose and have a place of comfort and support when we need it. 
  
It's no different for our children and youth. We work to create a safe space for them to discover who they are. Starting in preschool, our kids begin bonding with some of the people they will grow up with, who will share their joys and sorrows, who will support them when they are having tough times at home or at school. These are people they are very likely to have life-long friendships with. 

I know coming to church on Sunday mornings is sometimes hard! Families have so many things pulling at their time and energy. But I encourage you to join us on Sunday mornings as often as possible! Your family's participation will enrich the experience for everyone, allowing stronger connections to be made as our children and youth learn and grow up together. Being here when you can allows us to teach the really unique, important lessons that a UU religious education program has to offer. 

My goal is to have our students say, "Is it Sunday yet?!" To that end, I more than welcome any feedback you are willing to share about Sunday classes and the overall program. If there is something that would improve the time your child or youth spends at church, I definitely want to hear about it! If something is really working for you and your family, please let me know that as well. 

See you on Sunday!


Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger,

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

What's Important

If you've never taught a Unitarian Universalist Religious Education class, pretty much the only way of knowing what goes on in an RE class is what your children tell you in the car on the way home when you ask them.

I know this from experience, having raised three daughters in the UUI RE program! I remember a time when our two youngest daughters, Sam and Jordan, were in around 3rd grade and it seemed like for weeks when we would ask them, "What did you learn in RE class today?" the only response we would get was "We learned about Mohammed." Um, ok? It wasn't as informative an answer as I would have liked!

What they weren't telling us is that they were in a classroom with teachers who were teaching them a way of being in the world that upholds our Seven Principles, and they were learning in a loving, inclusive, accepting environment with supportive friends. There was no shame or guilt or fear involved--just love.

They didn't know they were benefiting from amazing curriculum that was written by religious educators with years of experience in teaching Unitarian Universalism. They didn't tell us that because to them, that's just how it is in RE. It's a fun, loving, accepting place to be.

This week as I was preparing lessons for Sunday classes, I have to say I got a little choked up about the fact that even in the class for our youngest students, our preschoolers, we teach them that everyone is important, that they are important.

I hope you can join us this week. We start our fall semester and have great things planned! This is the week children and youth can begin to bond with their classmates and teachers, when we can start again on the lessons that are so important.

Also, this is Sundae Sunday, so there will be ice cream for all children and youth!

As always, if you have concerns, joys or sorrows to share, I am here for you. I can be reached at re@uui.org, my cell phone number is 317-418-1679 and I'm at church almost every Sunday.

See you on Sunday!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger,

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

 

 

 

Saying Goodbye to Harry Potter Summer Curriculum with a Leaving Feast!

Your family won't want to miss this Sunday at UUI! 

We've had a great time learning about the UU Seven Principles through our Harry Potter curriculum, but this Sunday, August 23, our preschool through 12th grade students will be celebrating the end of summer with a Hogwart's Leaving Feast! 

There will be loads of snacks, games, crafts and a treasure hunt! 

 

Our Weekly Religious Education Electronic Newsletter

Did you know we send out an electronic newsletter each week so families can stay up-to-date on what our children and youth will be learning each week in their religious education class and also about all the awesome family-friendly events that are always in the works at UUI? 

If you are not already subscribed, please let us know! Just send an email to announcements@uui.org and we'll be happy to add you to the list. 

Click here for this week's edition. 

See you Sunday!

More Harry Potter Fun This Sunday!

We had a great time playing Quidditch in Religious Education Classes last week and we have more fun and learning planned for our RE students this week!   
 

Nursery

Betsy and Leslie will be caring for our littlest UU's. Nursery is open 10am to noon and is located in the Religious Education Building.


Preschool Class

Teacher Susie DeLoach will be helping the children learn about magic words with a game and snacks. 
 

Kindergarten - 4th Grade Class

Teachers Peter Langowski and Cheri Moore will be helping students learn about our Fifth Principle, we believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them, through Harry Potter film clips, games and activities. 
 

5th Grade - 12th Grade Class

Teachers Lisa Warner and Ray Wilson will be leading the students through a lesson on energy conservation that includes a game and Harry Potter readings. There will also be a guest speaker, Mary Sue McAlister, from Soup's On Soup Kitchen to talk to our youth about the importance of the work they will be doing at the soup kitchen on Sunday, August 9. 

We hope your family can join us! 


 

RE this Sunday, 6/28

We're having tons of fun this summer learning UU lessons based on Harry Potter. The fun will continue this Sunday...

Teachers Judy Pleiss and Susie DeLoach will be helping the *Preschool and Kindergarten* students explore life's mysteries as they create their own glowing constellations.

Teachers Stacy Robinson (that's me!) and Anne Marie Chastain will be working with the 1st - 4th grade students as they explore how words hurt through a game of "Fire and Ice" and a special toothpaste demo.

Teachers Ryan Robinson and Elizabeth Valencia will be leading a class focused on exploring poverty by watching an interview with J.K. Rowling on the Daily Show and playing an online game of "Spent" with the *5th-12th grade* students.

The Nursery will be open from 10 am - noon with care provided by Abby and Betsy.

We hope to see you this Sunday!

With kindness, Stacy Robinson UUI's Religious Education Associate Email: rea@uui.org Phone: 317-385-9674

*P.S. Did you hear that the right to marry was finally affirmed by U.S. Supreme Court this week? *We'll be celebrating this monumental occasion by decorating "Love Wins" hearts and a special reception in the RE Building immediately after class!

Upcoming Events: Dates to Save

*June 21-28: *Senior High Habitat for Humanity Trip

July 5: RE Council Meeting

August 28-30: Youth Bash, 6-12th Grade

August 30: 5th Sunday Service

With kindness, Stacy Robinson Religious Education Assistant Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis (UUI) Cell: 317-385-9674 "Office" Hours: 10 hrs/wk - M evening, Th evening, Sat, &/or Sun

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

RE at UUI on Sunday, 5/10 - Celebrating our Bridging Youth!

This Sunday is a very special multi-generational service designed to honor all those who mother and the children they are raising. We will also celebrate our graduating senior high youth through our annual Bridging Ceremony. Be sure to bring some Kleenex as it is always a very tear inducing experience!

We will have percussion instruments for children to play during the opening song. They will also be given flowers to decorate so they can help decorate the bridge that will be crossed by older youth during the Bridging Ceremony and a few extra flowers in case they would like to make a gift for a special mother in their life.

The nursery will be open from 10 am - noon with childcare provided by Miren and Emma.

We hope to see you this Sunday!

With kindness,

Stacy Robinson UUI Religious Education Assistant

P.S. Did you know Mother’s Day was originally founded as an antiwar rallying cry by Unitarian Julia Ward Howe? Today, Unitarian Universalists are continuing her tradition of honoring mothers by seeking peace for all of their children.

The “Mamas Day Our Way http://www.mamasday.org/” campaign is designed to honor all those who mother, especially those who bear the brunt of hurtful policies or who are weighed down by stigma in our culture. It’s an opportunity to take action to create the conditions so that all families can thrive. Mamas Day is a rallying cry for justice which all of us are invited to join.

Sunday, March 15th RE at UUI

The nursery will be open from 10 am - noon with childcare provided by Betsy and Emma.

The* preschoolers* will be learning about taking care of others by helping their "sick" teddy bears feel better with band-aids and little blankets they'll create as part of their Chalice Children curriculum with teachers Heliene Houdek and Judy Pleiss. (Please bring a teddy bear from home!)

The k-4th graders will discover how to turn blemishes into beauty in their own lives by creating their own treasurer chests during their "We Are Loved, Flaws and All" lesson with teachers Paul Schneider and Susan Cassada.

The Jr. High students will be continuing to explore Families with teachers Tandy Arnold and Jack Brennan by using their own family portraits. (Please bring a family portrait to examine!)

The Sr. High students will be discussing "How To Tell People They Sound Racist" after they watch a few videos during their Be the Change project lesson with teachers Ray Wilson and Lisa Warner.

Holly Hendrickson is scheduled as the RE Associate this week and can help answer any questions you might have.

We hope to see you this Sunday!

With kindness, Stacy Robinson Religious Education Assistant Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis (UUI) Cell: 317-385-9674 "Office" Hours: 10 hrs/wk - M evening, Th evening, Sat, &/or Sun

P.S. Volunteers - adults and youth - are needed to make next Sunday's Soup Kitchen service project a success! Please email me if you're able to attend.

  • Upcoming Events: Dates to Save *

    March 15: RE Council Meeting at 9 am, *Mandatory Habitat Meeting for parents of youth planning to attend (12:30 pm)*, and 7th-9th grade OWL (5-8 pm at UUI) March 22: Soups On - Soup Kitchen Service Trip for Jr. and Sr. High Youth from 10-2 pm at Roberts Park UMC.

April 12: 7th-9th grade OWL (5-8pm at Oaklandon) April 19: 7th-9th grade OWL (5-8pm at UUI) April 24-25: 7th-9th grade OWL closing overnight April 25: Arty Bash April 24-26: Bridging CON at All Souls in Indianapolis

May 1: Habitat Fundraiser - Rummage Pre-Sale for Members/Friends May 2: Habitat Fundraiser: Rummage Sale - Open to all May 10: Bridging Ceremony during service for UUI youth graduating from High School May 15-17: Junior High CON at First U in Cincinnati, OH

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

Natalie's Spriggs-Trobridge - Goodbye Letter to UUI Families

I remember when I first saw the Director of Religious Education job listening over four years ago. I had known the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis as a church that valued Religious Education. When I saw UUI was looking for a new DRE, I knew I wanted to work there! So I applied. I remember getting interviewed by Peter, Stacy, and Nancy; then Peter taking my husband and me out to Y

ats afterwards. Then a few weeks later, I was offered to position. I knew instantl

y that this was the fit for me, becoming UUI's DRE!

I remember meeting some of the youth for the first tim

e at a youth conference that the church I was still serving hosted; meeting Izabella and Sarah for the first time. Then when it was time for my family to move, and my first day at UUI, how incredibly welcoming everyone was. I also remember how lovely it was when I realized, yes this congregation does put RE in high regards, as I could get all the volunteers needed for RE in such a short time! Everyone volunteered, not just parents. We had (and still do) a high ratio of adults who do not have children in the program stepping up to work with the children and youth. FANTASTIC!

My time with UUI, with you all, has been a tremendous honor. My time with UUI has been a huge part of my own faith formation and discernment to becoming a minister; deciding to go into seminary. This is really such a bitter-sweet moment for me. I enjoyed my time serving you all at UUI, but I understand that it is time for me to move through seminary.

Thank you to everyone who has worked with our children and youth. Our children and youth's faith formation is one of the most important things, I feel, for our denomination as a whole. Children and youth eventually grow into adults, and we need them to help with our UU movement. Thank you to everyone who has served with me on the Religious Education Council. This was no easy task as we moved through the different seasons at UUI, with new challenges. Those who served on the RE Council rose up and faced those challenges with such grace. Thank you to the board at UUI who supported my journey at UUI as well as keeping religious education in their minds as important decisions were being made. Thank you to all the children and youth who made my job so very enjoyable! Thank you to the nursery care staff for all your hours with our little ones. Thank you to Mara, UUI's office administrator, for her wonderfulness. Thank you to Jamie, for his encouragement. Thank you Stacy; for keeping the torch of religious education burning while the search for a new Director of Religious Education happens. Thank you to everyone who has done anything to help support RE in all of the ways that one can support it; volunteering at youth conferences, fundraisers, Habitat for Humanity, youth events, donating items...this list goes on and on! Thank you to you all for everything!

As for my last Sunday serving UUI, the Stone Soup service, THANK YOU to everyone who attended and supported our Stone Soup service event. Thank you for the cards, the warm wishes, the special words, the flowers, cake, photo-book, and everything else. Thank you.

I cannot wait to see where your new path takes you. There is a blessing that the youth say at the end of every youth conference, and this was the blessing you all sent me off with on my last Sunday. Now it is my time to share it with you:

May the road rise up to meet you.May the wind be always at your back. * May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields, until we meet again. *

Smile,

Natalie Spriggs-Trobridge; UUI's former DRE who served UUI 2011-2015

RE at UUI this Sunday, March 1

Just a reminder that our new spring semester is in full swing which means the k-4th graders are now in class together and the 5th graders have moved up to join the 6-8th graders.

The nursery will be open from 10 am - noon with childcare provided by Emma and Mary.

The* preschoolers* will be learning about friendship by talking about teddy bears and making them beds as part of their Chalice Children curriculum with teacher Carolyn Murphy.

The k-4th graders will create group sculptures and talk about what makes a good community during their "Love in our Congregation" lesson with teachers Holly Hendrickson and Susan Cassada.

The Jr. High students will be continuing to explore Families with teachers Tandy Arnold and Jack Brennan by learning about the art of photography.

The Sr. High students will be exploring "How to respond to racist comments" and other topics during their Be the Change program with teachers Tim Murphy and Ray Wilson.

Susanne Hinson-Reiger is scheduled as the RE Associate this week and can help answer any questions you might have.

We hope to see you this Sunday!

With kindness, Stacy Robinson UUI Religious Education Assistant

P.S. Many families have not yet registered for the 2015 UUI RE Program. This is very important to make sure we know how many teachers and supplies are needed for each class. Please check with your child's teacher this week if you are unsure whether or not your child is registered. You can also click here http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001UTlY887SZyHPE7FGLe8FXy_FsHozui9Oq5RJ93GkQqB5NF9r_NpFBhSucLwe_q74eGTM1lDELjpoz7HD75uUVsL4gEyZ-R89rQlrE8xMvU7HCIJGg4ysO6E3et9slb3g9Oa6yQZpDFMOFN6q2l2GxIoiTyDFmPxI_ONmuyj3gq_Wi7Vgz0z2BQN6Tx8kwt7gAYQ3oElEbWAV-vPV733JEJSb0fBlgDA_ to register your child ASAP!

RE at UUI on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 - Stone Soup Service & Natalie's Farewell

Hello, Wonderful UUI Families!

This Sunday we'll be holding my favorite Multi-generational Service of the year - the Stone Soup service!

This is an annual tradition at UUI and is truly designed for people of all ages to enjoy. This year it will include an interactive service with various community-building and meditation stations, a story about the importance of everyone pitching in what they can to create a community, and a pitch-in meal after the service with the proceeds benefiting the Boulevard Place Food Pantry.

We'll also be saying a fond farewell to UUI's long-time Director of Religious Education - Natalie Spriggs-Trobridge as she has bravely decided to become a UU minister.

Here is list of the worship stations that will be included in tomorrow's service:

  1. Photo booth: Take silly pictures with someone you don't know very well!

  2. Scrabble Word Cross

  3. Book Collage Art

  4. Community Sand Mandala

  5. Community Altar: Place something that you create or brought from home on the altar.

  6. People Garland: Create a representation of yourself and add it to our community "people garland".

  7. Create glass chalices for each table.

  8. Give a charm, take a charm: create a charm and leave it, take a charm already made

  9. Joys and sorrows

  10. Wash away conflict

  11. Get to know you Jenga with questions

  12. Sand Meditation

  13. Meditation Station

  14. Giving Basket for Boulevard Place Food Pantry

  15. Question Station

  16. Word Haiku or build haikus with others

  17. Candy meditation

  18. Play dough: Envision what community looks like and feels like to you. Using play dough, create that image

  19. Hula Hoop lift

  20. Children's table

Following the service everyone is invited to enjoy soup, salad, and dessert. You can participate in the lunch by bringing a dessert if your last name begins with A-L, or by bringing a salad or fruit if you name begins with M-Z. And, cleanup is easier with many helpers, so if you can assist afterward, please contact Betsy Voigt at awesomevoigt@gmail.com awesomevoight@gmail.com

You definitely won't want to miss this week's service!

With kindness, Stacy Robinson UUI Religious Education Assistant

P.S. If you'd like to contribute a personal item to the Community Altar, please bring an item from home that has special meaning for you.

RE at UUI on February 15, 2015

Hello, Wonderful UUI Families!

Our new spring semester is in full swing which means the k-4th graders are now in class together and the 5th graders have moved up to join the 6-8th graders.

The* preschoolers* will be celebrating Valentine's Day by making love beads and reading a sweet story as part of their Chalice Children curriculum with teacher Judy Pleiss.

The k-4th graders will use reason as their guide while they categorize items in class during their "We Love to Discover" lesson with teachers Paul Schneider and Susan Cassada.

The Jr. High students will be continuing to explore Families with teachers Tandy Arnold and Jack Brennan by creating a family tree and planning a special photography event.

The Sr. High students will be exploring how "Race is something we create" during their Be the Change program with teachers Tim Murphy and Ray Wilson.

We hope to see you this Sunday!

With kindness, Stacy Robinson UUI Religious Education Assistant

P.S. Here's a great article with 10 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with kids: http://parentingsquad.com/10-fun-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day-with-kids http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001-seK6nAT4il7VMmjG6N12cdVCV7kwYk28E4Z4MfY7SJzIDa1aW_2VNUeGoo3rzuAHcRv65Gft7guGH2WBJxdwdhOaDcrv77iL7_G0nxbjVdjKeMhAeNs4pLofGv1C2LOsSE1khdZRRuuda7YOWANYxC69U0pclG2o7_FBuwy2r9c7ymGe9ZFzg== My favorite suggestion is to tell your children you love them!

RE Highlights for Sunday, February 8

March 1: Mandatory Habitat Meeting for parents of youth planning to attend (12:30 pm) and 7th-9th grade OWL (5-8 pm at Oaklandon) March 8: 7th-9th grade OWL (5-8pm at UUI)

April 12: 7th-9th grade OWL (5-8pm at Oaklandon) April 19: 7th-9th grade OWL (5-8pm at UUI) April 24-25: 7th-9th grade OWL closing overnight

With kindness, Stacy Robinson Religious Education Assistant Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis (UUI) Cell: 317-385-9674 "Office" Hours: 10 hrs/wk - M evening, Th evening, Sat, &/or Sun

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

Sunday, January 25

Hello, Wonderful UUI Families!
 

It may be cold outside, but this Sunday at UUI will be full of warmth and learning: 

The preschoolers will be exploring the wonders of snow by painting with "snow" and building sugar cube "snow" forts as part of their Chalice Children Curriculum.

The K-5th graders will be having fun indoors by creating their own luau complete with handmade leis after they explore the similarities between native Hawaiian culture and UU principles.

The Jr. High students will be continuing to explore Families by drawing portraits of their own families and examining other family portraits.

The Sr. High students will continue their 2nd session in the "Be the Change" project by watching short video clips, including Jay Smooth's TED Talk, and discussing "Why UUs Talk about Race".

We hope to see you this Sunday!

Kindly,

Stacy Robinson
UUI Religious Education Assistant

 

RE Highlights for Sunday, January 25

  • Nursery - Open 10 am-Noon with Emma and Mary

  • Registrations needed for 2015 UUI RE Program - Click here to register your child ASAP!

Upcoming Events: Dates to Save

February 1: Young Adults and Youth Serve at Soups On Soup Kitchen (10am-3pm), RE Council Meeting (12-2 pm) and 7th-9th grade OWL (6:30-8:30pm) 

February 8: 7th-9th grade OWL (6:30-8:30pm)

February 15: 7th-9th grade OWL (6:30-8:30pm)

February 22: Natalie's last Sunday as DRE, Annual Stone Soup Multi-Gen Service and 7th-9th grade OWL (6:30-8:30pm)            

February 27-28: Junior High cluster CON in Bloomington

March 1: RE Council Meeting (12-2pm) and 7th-9th grade OWL (6:30-8:30pm)

March 8: 7th-9th grade OWL (6:30-8:30pm)

April 12: 7th-9th grade OWL (6:30-8:30pm)

April 19: 7th-9th grade OWL (6:30-8:30pm)

April 24-25: 7th-9th grade OWL closing overnight