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This Week in Religious Education


Our theme in January is Intention. You can learn more about this theme here:

Sunday and Everyday: Taking it Home

A New Year

IMG_2870In our Spirit Play class for preK children, we had a story about the Calendar.

Labyrinth Learning had another story about New Years, with Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas. They had a special snack of black-eyed peas and explored intention setting for the new year by making bracelets with an intention spelled out on them.

In Middle School group we explored Environmental Justice, preparing for our Year of Environmental Justice here at OUUC, and in High School group we had a planning meeting.

Discuss it at home:

1. What makes January 1st any different from any other day? Why do we change our calendars on that day?

2. What do you want, or "Intend" for yourself in 2018? What are your intentions this year?

3. What do we intend for the larger world beyond ourselves? What intentions do we have to make an impact in the world this year?

Faith Adventure at Home:

Set an Intention for the year as a family. Sit down for a meeting, and ask the questions #2 and #3 above. Now ask, as a family, what do you all intend for yourselves this year? And what impact can your family have on the larger world? 

If possible, boil your family intention down to a simple word or phrase, and post that somewhere prominent in your home where you will see it everyday!

This Upcoming Sunday:

9:15 Service

  • Nursery Care
  • Spirit Play for Pre-5th Grade: The Broken Pot

11:00 Service

  • Nursery Care
  • Spirit Play for PreK: The Broken Pot
  • Labyrinth Learning for 1st-5th grades: The Arc Bends Towards Justice
  • Middle School Group: Race, and the Danger of a Single Story

  • Lunch and Soul Matters Circle for Adults

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

RE Lesson Planning Party, January 11, 6:30pm

brainstorming-clipart-9Come brainstorm and help plan the next few months in our classes! All are welcome: teachers, parents, and kids. 

Just come share your ideas!

Childcare has been arranged, all are welcome!

Our Whole Lives for 10th-12th Grades

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Our Whole Lives for 10th-12th grades begins in January! Learn more here.

Save the Date: Mandatory Parent Orientation January 21st ,12:30

Our Whole Lives for 4th-5th Grades

Owl-clip-art-free-clipart-imagesOur Whole Lives is a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, sexuality education program. The program for 4th-5th grades runs 8 weeks, and will be offered in February and March.

Mandatory Parent Orientation January 28th, 2-4pm

To reserve a spot, email 

Mystery Pals 

Mailbox-mail-clipart-clipart-kidThe return of an old favorite! Mystery Pals is a program that matches children in preschool to 5th grade with a Mystery pal from the congregation who is either an older youth or an adult. Pals exchange notes, puzzles, small gifts, or other clever surprises in a mailbox (secretly) for four weeks, and then on the 5th Sunday we have a party to reveal the identity of the Mystery Pals and meet one another. 

This is a great simple way to build some multigenerational community here at OUUC, while having fun!

Sign up by January 28th, either by picking up a form in the RE entry way at OUUC or by emailing 

Middle School Group Overnight

sleeping bagouth currently participating in our Middle School Group are invited to an overnight lock-in Saturday-Sunday, January 27th 7pm to January 28th 9am. 

Please RSVP to Sara at

Donations Sought for High School Service Project

donate-clipart-12The High School group will be packing care packages for people experiencing homelessness on January 21st at 12:30. They are seeking donations of the following before then:

  • socks
  • hats/gloves/scarves
  • batteries
  • chemical hand or toe warmers
  • bandaids or other small 1st aid supplies
  • unscented small toiletries
  • small tissue packs
  • small snacks, such as granola bars
  • cough drops 
  • chapstick
Donations can be dropped off at the DRE's office.

Join the OUUC Families Facebook Group

Yours along the Journey,

RE Sunday 7

Sara Lewis, CRE

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation


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