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This Week In Religious Education

With winter break fast approaching, please note that our religious education schedule will be a bit different for the next few weeks. See the schedule below for details:

Holiday Happenings

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December 18th, 11am Middle School Holiday Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange
December 18th, 12:30-2pm High School Holiday Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange

December 21st, 7pm Solstice Ritual, childcare provided

December 24th, 5:30 Christmas Eve Candlelight service

December 25th, 10am, NO RE OR NURSERY CARE


Our Theme Is: Possibility

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photo credit: UU Media Works

In December our theme is Possibility. 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 RE Home

Buddhism, Meditation, and Speciesism

IMG_8574Last Sunday we continued to learn about Buddhism, and we acknowledged the holiday of Bodhi Day.

Kids preschool-5th grade learned the story of Buddha under the Bodhi tree, had an opportunity to practice and to talk about meditation, and to make a "mindfulness jar" which is a great tool for children to center themselves.

Meanwhile, in Middle School group the youth watched the Twilight Zone episode, To Serve Man, and had a lively discussion about dominance and speciesism.

Faith Adventure at Home for the week:

1. Read a book about meditation and practice a centering meditation together as a family. Peaceful Piggy Meditation or Moody Cow Meditates are both great books about meditation for younger children.

2. Perhaps set up a meditation space in your home, somewhere that each family member could utilize when they want to center themselves.

Next Sunday, December 18th


  • Nursery Care
  • Spirit Play for pre-5th grade: Winter Solstice/Yule

  • Nursery Care
  • Spirit Play for preK: Winter Solstice/Yule
  • Labryinth Learning for 1st-5th grades: Winter Solstice
  • Middle School Group for 6th-8th grades: Holiday party and White Elephant Gift Exchange ($5 max, wrapped, small gift, can be used)

  • High School Group: Holiday party and White Elephant Gift Exchange ($5 max, wrapped, small gift, can be used)

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

Kindergarten-1st Grade Our Whole Lives


Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive, holistic, and developmentally appropriate sexuality education program.

We will be offering this program for children in Kindergarten and 1st grade beginning in January, on Sundays 12:30-1:30pm. The program is 8 sessions long.

There will be a mandatory Parent Orientation on January 22nd, 12:30-2pm.

Please RSVP to

Youth Overnights in January

2015-11-13 09.23.35Some of the best bonding and fun that we have in youth groups happens during Lock-Ins (overnights held in the church building). At these events we eat, worship, watch movies, play hide and seek, and also get at least a little sleep.

In the dark days of January we will have three youth overnights:

High School group, "The End of the World Party", January 6-7th

Middle School Group, January 7th-8th

OWL Class Group, January 20-21st

For all of these overnight, youth need to RSVP and obtain a signed parent permission slip. Email to RSVP.

Yours along the Journey,

RE Sunday 7

Sara Lewis, CRE

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation


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Olympia, Washington 98502

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