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Youth and Children

Welcome to the Religious Education (RE) Program for youth and children.

December 2017 DRE News

R.E. Reflections

Dear ERUUFians,

I hope this December finds you and your loved ones all very well. The holydays are upon us, and we are embracing them in R.E. through spirit, service, justice, and love. It is a special season when our culture focuses on generosity and care for strangers. We will be exploring these spiritual themes in R.E. through many venues, including at the annual Sock Hop, when we donate socks and warm goods to Urban Ministries, and at the Cookie Party, when we make and donate cookies to Urban Ministries’ Client Holiday Party. We are reaching out to homebound ERUUF members this season with cards and Poinsettias, and we will be lifting up radical hospitality and the power of Love in this year’s Christmas pageant, written by our own Paul Baerman.

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RE Handbook

Want to learn more about our wonderful RE program?  Many answers to your questions can be found in our RE Handbook.

August 2017 DRE News

R.E.flections

Julia Tyler, Religious Education Director

I hope this summer finds you and your loved ones all very well. I am glad to be back after 3 weeks away, time spent at a religious educators’ conference, an anti-racism training, and vacation time with friends and family. I have very happy news to share-- I am pregnant!  My due date is January 3. My partner and I are very excited to become parents and to raise a child in this open-hearted community. It is with much gratitude that I serve this congregation, a community that celebrates all children and families.

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May 2017 DRE News

Can you imagine a world where every child is taught positive self-perception and clear communication tools, convinced of her own value, of his own beauty, of their own rightness in existing in this world? This is what Religious Education is about. 

Over the course of this program year, Religious Educators have talked with young ones about how to care about themselves, each other, and this blue Earth we share. They have been asking big questions like, Who or what is God? What makes us the same, and different?

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Apr. 2017 DRE News

Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.  As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme.” This has since been paraphrased as, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This concept speaks to the worship theme this month at ERUUF: transformation. 

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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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