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