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This Week In Religious Education

Our Theme Is: Prophecy

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photo credit: UU Media Works

In January our theme is Prophecy. You can read more about the monthly theme on the Soul Matters monthly email, or by joining the Soul Matters @ OUUC Facebook Group.

Sunday and Every Day: Taking it Home

Last Sunday,

IMG_8830children in preschool through 5th grades learned about Islam in their classes. They made handprint art for the 5 Pillars, and talked about prayer. Some of the older children also discussed Islamophobia and the association of this religion with terrorism and violence, which was a rich discussion.

Taking it Home:

1. As a parent/guardian, consider how you respond to Islamophobia. This article from Teaching Tolerance may get you thinking about it.

3. When you notice depictions of Islam or Muslims that you disagree with (in popular media, the news, or political speech) speak up! The UUSC has gathered facts and tips for confronting hate speech.

Try a Faith Adventure:

Muslims pray five times a day, and we discussed prayer in class on Sunday. What is a Unitarian Universalist understanding of prayer? What is prayer? Who/what are we praying to? Why and how do we pray?

Explore prayer together this week!

A toolkit for your adventure:

Now, try praying as a family. Perhaps try a morning prayer as you all get ready to scatter and start your days, or an evening prayer at bedtime. Just try it out, for a week, and see how it feels. Talk about it: what was awkward, what was profound, how did you feel, what were the effects?

Next Sunday, January 29th


  • Nursery Care
  • Spirit Play for pre-5th grades: Eat, My Fine Coat, a Sufi parable
  • Nursery Care
  • Spirit Play for preK: Eat, My Fine Coat, a Sufi parable
  • Labyrinth Learning for 1st-5th grades: Sufis
  • Middle School Group: "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", a Twilight Zone lesson 
  • K1 Our Whole Lives (must be registered)

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

All Ages Valentine's Dance

love-hearts-clip-art-heart_006Sunday, February 12th 5pm-8pm, come join our youth groups for a multigenerational/All Ages Dance!

Snacks Needed

snacksThe snack cupboard is bare again! If you can, please bring in donations of non-perishable snack foods to stock the cupboard, or consider bringing a fresh fruit snack for class on a Sunday morning (call or email ahead to make sure no one else is also bringing a fresh snack).

Snacks must contain no: tree nuts, strawberries, or avocadoes. Gluten and dairy free snacks are encouraged as well.

Great ideas for snacks are: juice (we have cups, so bottles of juice are fine), popcorn, crackers, rice cakes, dried fruit, muffins, granola bars (if nut free), sometimes cookies.

Yours along the Journey,

RE Sunday 7

Sara Lewis, CRE

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation


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