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This Week in Religious Education

Carrying the Light of Our Heritage


When the children are invited to leave the worship service for a religious education class on Sunday mornings (if they wish, they are also welcome to stay in the worship service), I invite the children forward to carry a candle: "Carrying the light of our heritage into the classroom". 

It's an interesting phrase, one which I inherit from what was in practice here before I became your Director of Religious Education. But what does it mean? Why this phrase, and not another? Read more on this week's blog post! 

October's Theme is Courage

courage quote

Sunday and Every Day: Taking it Home

Courage to admit wrong and change your mind

IMG_1885Last Sunday we learned about Indigenous People's Day, and how it has come to replace Columbus Day for many people and places, as they re-think the way we tell our history and celebrate Columbus. This was connected to the theme of courage as courage to admit wrong and change your mind.

Discuss it at home:

  • What do you think of Columbus Day? Should Columbus be celebrated?
  • Have you ever admitted (to yourself or others) that you were wrong about something? How did that feel?
  • Does it take courage to change your mind? What ideas are you holding onto because they feel safe?
Faith Adventure:

As a family, learn more about the Indigenous People of this area, maybe by visiting the Squaxin Museum

Next Sunday:

Coming Up Next Sunday:

  • Nursery Care
  • Spirit Play: Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)


  • Nursery Care
  • Spirit Play: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
  • Labyrinth Learning: Christopher Reeve: UU Superman
  • Middle School Group: UU Prayers

  • High School Group: Chalices and Collaged Matchboxes

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

Snacks Needed!

snacksThe Snack cupboard is getting low again. If you are able, please bring donations of non-perishable snacks to the cupboard in the kitchen labeled "RE". 

Items that we really love to get:

  • gluten free cookies, crackers, and pretzels
  • dried fruit
  • popcorn
  • chips

Parent Discussion Circle About Kids and Money

The-Opposite-of-SpoiledA discussion and parent support meeting about questions of raising children who are "money-smart" and how our values intersect with questions of money. We will refer to the book "The Opposite of Spoiled" by Ron Lieber, and reading it before-hand is recommended, but not required. Free copies are available from the Director of Religious Education, Sara Lewis.

Particularly ideal for parents of middle schoolers (who will be learning about money in the middle school group this month), but parents and caregivers of children of any age may find it beneficial.

Please join us! You can request childcare by messaging or emailing Sara Lewis.

Halloween Party FUNdraiser

Pumpkin Chalice
Monday, October 30th, 6pm-8pm

Our Middle and High School youth are putting on a party fundraiser to benefit the RE scholarship fund (which helps youth attend CONs, trainings, field trips, and events).

Come in costume and enjoy a spooky pumpkin patch (for the youngest), haunted classroom (for those who like a bit more scare), games, photo booth, and yummy treats. Fun for All Ages.

Suggested donation of $5 at the door, plus bake sale treats for $1 each.

(Are you a youth or the family of a youth? You can sign up here to help put this event on:

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


My Blog: The Children's Chalice


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Olympia, Washington 98502

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