Welcome to a new Religious Education Year! 2012-2013
Summer has slipped by very quickly as usual and we move into the exciting time of preparing for the Fall. Fall has a good, “get back into the rhythm” feel to it and I appreciate the return to routine and the neat, tidy rows of unpacked school supplies. It’s also wonderful to re-connect with friends and hear about summer adventures.
We are planning an adventure in Religious Education! An adventure that takes us out of our own four walls and into an exploration of other faiths that reside in this community. The goals of our Children’s program this year will be to participate as observers in other faith traditions in order to experience community in variety of settings; to reflect on the unique and universality of religious experience; to explore our own values as they relate to other faith traditions; to become more aware of the many connections between Unitarian Universalism and other faiths; and, to increase our understanding and appreciation of religious diversity. We do not intend to feel like we can become ‘experts’ in others’ faith traditions, but to truly share in the often moving ways that people live lives according to their beliefs.
The traditions we are exploring are listed below. We hope to have special guests, field trips to other places of worship and many chances to dine together during special occasions. Food and ceremony play an important part in our yearly planning.
As always, we look for those who wish to share their unique talents and perhaps knowledge of other faith traditions with us. Please let me know if you would like to be involved or had ideas as to how we can explore together. Exploration and Community are the cornerstones of our program, please feel free to join us at any time.
September – Unitarianism
October – First Nations Spirituality
November – Islam
December – Buddhism
January – Atheism
February – Hinduism
March – Judaism
April – Christianity
May – Paganism
June – Humanism
Notes for the Year:
Start time – Our Sunday morning Start-time has changed to 10:30 am.
Children’s programming – will take place from 10:30 to 11:30, followed by snack.
Classroom Groupings: Jr. Kids (Pre-K-Gr. 2) Sr. Kids (Gr. 3 – 5), Jr. Youth (Gr. 6-7), Sr. Youth (Gr. 8-12)
Our first Sunday back, September 9th, will be an inter generational water communion and the basis of our subsequent Sundays topics in Unitarianism. Interactive, participatory for all ages we encourage you to attend. Looking forward to seeing you!