Jeffrey Melcher, Director of Religious Education
Sunday, February 22: Parents' Discussion Group, facilitated by Ali and Michael Jenkins, on Brené Brown's Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, and on Brown's Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto of teaching and practicing vulnerability, compassion, and authenticity. This meeting is open to all parents.
Youth Choir’s New Schedule - After talking with Amanda about how to make the Youth Choir more doable for all involved, we decided to try this schedule:
1st and 2nd Sundays: Practice 11:45-12:15 in the Wright room.
3rd Sunday: Warm up 10:00-10:20, perform in the service before Time for All Ages.
Congregational Retreat - Programs for Pre-K through 5th grade, middle-schoolers, and YRUU. We encourage families to participate -- try new activities, check out the workshops for all ages, join in the tie-dye (bring your own shirt).
Nursery and Pre-K: A clean, beautiful space to explore loving community. Circle time with songs, stories and games, individual care, a parent support group, and a quiet nursing lounge for distractible nursing children. [Doug Kerr, Janette Morrow, Margaret Johnston, Aaron and Jackie Feldstein.]
K-1: World of Wonder. This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and an appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. [Teachers: Carol Kerr, Janette Morrow, Chloe H., Forrest M.] (In the Spring, there will be an Our Whole Lives class.)
Grades 2-3: Faithful Journeys. I still need someone to head up this group. I have several people, including myself, who can lead activities with music, art, and games. I need someone to take the lead for at least a month or two.
Grades 4-6: Stories: Mythology and Science. [Teachers: Christine Davenport, Dee Stuever, Nani Rankin, Jef Melcher] Chris tells stories. Nani reads and shares her excitement about science creation stories. Jef brings up to date astrophysics (black holes, dark matter, etc.) into a cosmology of wonder and mystery. Dee shares his combined passion for science and spirituality. After a few months we will explore a UUA curriculum Windows and Mirrors.
Grades 7-8: In Our Hands. Social Justice is up to us. Learning and doing need to go hand in hand. [Teachers: Monique Webster., Susan Mathews, Alison Clayton]
YRUU: Traditions with a Wink: A UU identity exploration and history curriculum woven in with leadership development and just plain hanging out. The YRUU are gearing up and fundraising to take a trip in June, 2015 to the UUA General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. [Sarah Scott, Lead YRUU Advisor, with Sher Sheldon and Dave Haumann]
The 2014-2015 Religious Education Committee Members:
Monique Webster, chair
Jef Melcher, DRE, ex-officio
Ali Jenkins, Board Liaison, ex-officio