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2015-2016 Religious Education Programs

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  • Two important reminders for you!

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2. Parenting Class might be canceled if we don't get a few more registrations.  Register now!:

October's Theme is Identity

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Sunday and Every Day: Taking it Home

The Early Unitarians, What is Religion For?, and Racial Justice

2015-10-04 00.30.10Last Sunday we launched our first session on the Identity Theme. Preschool-5th grade had Children's Chapel, followed by lessons about Francis David and early Unitarian history.  The Middle School group began their exploration of Neighboring Faiths with a religious literacy quiz and the discussion of the question "what is religion for?", and the High School youth watched part of the documentary film The House I Live In and discussed how they will pursue racial justice this year.

Extend the Conversation at Home:

  • Heretics have been persecuted (imprisoned, tortured, burned at the stake – go into as much detail as you find appropriate for the age of your child) – I wonder why some people find it so upsetting that someone would choose to think or believe differently?  Does it upset you that some people think and believe differently than you do?

  • As Unitarian Universalists, we can think and believe a lot of different things about some Big Questions, like does God Exist? … if we are all thinking and believing different things how do we still get along with each other?  How do we work together, play and worship together? How do you get along with people with different ideas?
  • What does it mean to call yourself a Unitarian? What do you know about someone who calls them self a Unitarian?
  • What is religion for? What human needs does religion meet?
  • What is your understanding of racial justice? What is unjust in our society now in regards to race? What would justice look like?

Next Sunday: October 11th, 2015


  • Nursery Care


  • Nursery Care
  • Spirit Play (preK) will have the story of John Murray
  • Labyrinth Learning (1st-5th grade) will also have the story of John Murray, to explore "Who were the Universalists?". If you have any spare cardboard boxes (cereal, shoe, stuff like that), please bring them to class.
  • Neighboring Faiths (6th-8th grades) will be practicing how to talk about Unitarian Universalism, especially to those of other faiths.
  • High School Group will either have a guest speaker or be watching the rest of the documentary The House I Live In, as a continuation of their chosen focus on justice, especially racial justice, this year.

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!

Parenting Class:


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.


Yours along the Journey,

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Sara Lewis, CRE

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation


My Blog: The Children's Chalice


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