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

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.