Religious Exploration
David Silver, Director of RE

Come visit!

We welcome you and your family, whatever your religious background,
ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender expression, family structure,
income, or abilities may be.

Please join us!

• Sunday Sept 7 Welcome Back Water Communion Service
• Friday Sept 12 RE Sign Up/Teacher Orientation
• Saturday Sept 13 Games Night/Pizza Party at SNUUC
Sunday Sept 14 RE Classes begin
• Sunday Sept 21 Congregational Open House

Weekly updates on RE activities can be found on the weekly email by clicking here.

golden RuleAs Unitarian Universalists, we envision children and youth who...

...know that they are lovable beings of inherent worth and dignity.

...realize that they are moral agents, capable of making a difference
in the lives of others, and in the health of our planet.

...feel safe & free to form their own answers to life's great religious questions (such as the nature or existence of a deity...what happens when we die...and the purpose of life itself).

...become familiar with, and show respect for, history and wisdom of other religious traditions.

...recognize the importance of community, the importance of families of all kinds, the importance of relationships among generations.

...experience joy, awe, and gratitude in response to life's gifts...and find hope and healing in the face of life's challenges.

...appreciate the religious heritage of Unitarian Universalism, and feel at home and among friends in this faith community.

Thoughts from the DRE (November newsletter)

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go”
Many of you recognize the title of this best-selling book by famous Unitarian author Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. This wonderful book about life and its challenges was one of his many stories that are beloved by millions of children and youth.

Dr. Seuss and Unitarian Universalists is the theme of our curriculum this semester for our K-3 religious education class. Though some of his stories and books, we are teaching our children fun and engaging stories to initiate thoughtful conversations.
More importantly, the stories are based on life situations and experiences that children can relate to:
● We all are afraid sometimes
● We all get lost
● We all like adventure in various ways
● We all meet people who are on, and in, our way
● We all struggle with what is right and what is not
● We all have a responsibility for the environment
● We all have a responsibility for taking care of animals,
● And many other UU principle based themes

A recent class featured the story “Green Eggs and Ham” which led to a wonderful discussion on the importance of having an open mind and how it could change your life. While no actual Green Eggs and Ham were served, the children shared the first time they tried foods or did an activity that they were initially uncomfortable with and how they felt afterwards.

Lead teacher Harriet Arnold is leading a energetic and engaging group this semester. The stories are followed by discussion and some type of creative activity. The walls of her class are filling up nicely with artwork and pictures created by the children.

Please ask Harriet about her class when you see her during coffee hour. And please thank her, and all of our religious education teachers, for their enthusiasm and dedication to our children and youth.

David Silver, Director of Religious Education

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What's the typical morning schedule?
10:30 - Everyone begins the morning in the Sanctuary together. After the first ten to fifteen minutes, children & youth and their teachers go to the RE Wing. Around 11:30, the service in the Sanctuary ends. At 11:45, RE ends and children are dismissed to parents.

What else can you tell me about the curricula you use?

"No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted."

- Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
'The Lion and the Mouse'

Copies of our curricula are available for your review on the shelves outside the DRE's office. This year, some of the curricula we're using are the same as those used by our sister UU congregation at Shelter Rock. In coming years, we'll also be using curricula from the "Tapestry of Faith" online series, viewable at www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/.

May I stay with my child?
Sure—if you'd like to observe or help ease a transition, just let us know. Do you provide child care? Yes, child care is available for the very young (infants to preschoolers).

How do I enroll my child?

Complete a registration form (available outside the RE Director's office or click here for registration).

I have been to the end of the earth.
I have been to the end of the waters.
I have been to the end of the sky.
I have been to the end of the mountains.
I have found none that were not my friends.

- Native American Prayer Song

Is there a fee?

No.Nut you will need to fill out a registration form to provide relevant medical/allergy information.

How can I help?
Volunteer opportunities are listed on the back of the registration form. Each enrollee's family is expected to contribute time, talent, and enthusiasm, as this is a cooperative program. The program's success depends on volunteers like you.

Is there RE during the summer?

We find delight in the beauty and happiness
of children that makes the heart too big
for the body

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No, but there are summer camp opportunities for children & youth, such as Sophia Fahs UU RE Camp (on Shelter Island), run by the Long Island Area Council, for children & youth entering grades 3-12; UU Mid-Atlantic Community (held at DeSales University in PA)—a camp for all ages; and Unirondack (in the Adirondacks).

How can I find out more?
Contact our RE Director, David Silver at dre@snuuc.org.