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The Gift of Faith: Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children Series

Two Programs - March 26 and April 1

The Gift of Faith Discussion, Crepes, and Pancakes

Sunday, March 26, 1 pm, Fellowship Hall

Please join us for a pre-workshop discussion on the gift of liberal religious faith for children and families. The High School Youth Group and the ERUUF Board will make pancakes for everyone in the Fellowship Hall, and the Pilaz family will be making crepes at 1 pm. Please help yourself to pancakes and crepes and join us for a discussion to prepare for Rev. Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar's visit the next weekend.

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Feb. 2017 DRE News

R.E.flections

Julia Tyler, Religious Education Director

The worship theme at ERUUF this February is courage. Courage can take on many forms and faces, and we will explore some of them in Religious Education this month.

When was the last time you felt courageous? What did you do, and why did you do it? What courageous conversations have you had? What courageous actions have you taken? What inspires you to be brave?

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Jan. 2017 DRE News

R.E.flections

Julia Tyler, Religous Education Director

The start of a new year offers a mark of time passed and time coming. It provides space for reflection, evaluation, and resolution. We can do this at any time, but there can be extra support at this time of year, when there is a cultural focus on self-improvement and goal-setting.

This can be a good time to evaluate one’s life and values. This year in particular, after the divisive elections of 2016, our values may seem threatened. This may be an opportunity to clarify- what exactly are your values? What are your social, moral, political beliefs, and why?

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Dec. 2016 DRE News

R.E.flections

Julia Tyler, Religious Education Director

The worship theme at ERUUF this December is generosity. There are a lot of ways to practice generosity, and we will explore some of these venues in Religious Education this month. On Sunday, November 27, children and youth made Generosity Advent calendars, which include one act of generosity for each day of December before Christmas. For more information about the acts of service you can practice each day, visit the R.E. facebook page.

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Nov 2016 DRE News

R.E.flections

Julia Tyler, Religious Education Director

The autumn leaves! Sweaters and socks! Hot drinks and pumpkins and squash! For what are you grateful?   

The worship theme is gratitude this month, and there may be no better month than this one, full of harvest and abundance. We know happiness and gratitude are linked, so I invite you to pause and take a few breaths for gratitude. Cultivating gratitude doesn’t have to take long.

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August 2016 DRE News

Here in this hot summer, we are coming alive in Religious Education. We are growing and opening up like flowers in the sun. We are learning the secrets of locksmiths; we are drumming, dancing; we are imagining, “Once upon a time…” We are exploring infinity through mobius strips, mystery unfolding in shibori silks, and building multi-age relationships all the while. We believe the world needs people to do that which makes them Come Alive. In R.E., this heart-full sharing, in turn, lights up the children and youth.

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July 2016 DRE News

Julia Tyler, Religious Education Director

In an unprecedented era of access to information, we learn about impossibly sad world events on a semi-regular basis. We see tragedies and injustices in real-time on the news and on our newsfeeds. In response, what do we do? Maybe we read more news or try to do more research. Maybe we hope more facts will help us fix the problems. Maybe we hope more studies or news will soothe the pain we feel. It is difficult to know what to do when confronted with tragedies and injustices outside our immediate control.

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June 2016 DRE News

REflections

Who will raise our children to be moral adults?
Who will raise our children to be compassionate and empathetic?
Who will raise our children to ask difficult questions, to wonder with an open-mind, to think their own thoughts?
Who will raise our children to stand up for the oppressed?
Who be the spiritual guides for our young people?

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