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Time to "Dive" Back In to Religious Education!

2015-2016 Religious Education Programs

2014-09-28 13.17.17 2All the children and youth programs will begin again this Sunday, September 20th.  This year we will be coordinating RE programs with worship and small group ministry, as part of our 10 month experiment in Theme Based Ministry

Our programs also follow a three year rotation plan for our religious literacy learning (because learning about ALL the world's religions in one year is just too much!).  We rotate between: Abrahamic Faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), Asian Religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and more), and Indigenous Traditions and Paganism. 

This year will be our year to focus on the Abrahamic Faiths, so there will be more stories from the Hebrew Scriptures and the Bible as well as learning about Islam. 

All the programs meet during the 11:00 service.   There will be nursery care only during the 9:15 service.

Before or after the worship service, please visit our Parent Orientation Table in the Commons.

Register Now:

Next Sunday: September 20th, 2015


  • Nursery Care


  • Nursery Care
  • Spirit Play (preK) Orientation Lesson
  • Labyrinth Learning (1st-5th grade) New Friends Lesson (Group Building Games)
  • Neighboring Faiths (6th-8th grade) Community Building and Covenant Writing
  • High School Group: Group Building Games

September's Theme is Covenant

What commitments and promises have you made?

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What are your commitments?  To whom or what are you accountable?

What promises do we bring to our community?  What commitments call us to be the person we want to be?

When a promise is broken, can we begin again in love?  How do we forgive and how do we atone?

How is a family a covenantal community?  Do you have a family covenant?

What does it mean to be a good friend?  How do friends treat each other?

We'll be exploring these and other questions this month!

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Fill the Snack Cupboard!

snacksIn the past few years, we've tried many ways to organize parent volunteers and snacks.  This year, we are going with a simple plan:

Let's Fill the Pantry!

Please bring donations of non-perishable snacks for the RE Cupboard, and we can bring them out as needed for classroom snacks.  Items we'd like:

rice cakes

cookies - gluten-free and "regular"

crackers - gluten-free and "regular"

dried fruit

juice boxes


veggie chips, potato chips, and corn chips

nut-free granola bars

If you feel moved to bring something fresher for snack on any given Sunday, fresh fruit is always welcome and we'd love that too!


Dates: Sundays (3 sessions) October 18 and 25, November 1

Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Place: OUUC

Leaders: Helen Henry and Gail Gosney Wrede

Note: Please plan to bring your own lunch. Childcare will be available.

Wondering how you can communicate better with your child or grandchild? Want to encourage their creativity but also set limits for safety and health? Want to be able to set boundaries but also be encouraging and supportive? Well, this class is for you! Based on the work of Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (authors of How to Talk so Children Will Listen and Listen so Children Will Talk), this three session class will focus on feelings, cooperation and communication.

Helen Henry has been a member of OUUC for five years. She is currently a member of the OUUC Board of Trustees and the Worship Arts Committee. Helen was an early childhood educator working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with special needs. She taught kindergarten – fourth grade in the public schools, and also taught parent/infant and toddler classes at the community college.

Gail Gosney Wrede has been a member of OUUC for 30 years. In the past, she served as chair of the Religious Education Committee (Family Ministry Team). Gail has taught parent education classes at Garfield Elementary and through the Community Action Council. She has one adult son who is now a member of OUUC.


High School Overnight: September 26-27

All High School youth are invited to attend an overnight lock-in Saturday September 26th, beginning at 8pm and going until the next morning.  We will get to know each other better, play group games, share yummy food, talk about CONS and other youth ministry events, and create our group covenant.  Please RSVP to Sara at


  • Sleeping Bag and Pillow (and a mat if you need a softer sleep otherwise it's the floor)
  • Change of clothes
  • Toothbrush, etc.
  • Food to share
  • Games/cards

Yours along the Journey,


Sara Lewis, CRE

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation


My Blog: The Children's Chalice


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