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Religious Exploration
Harriot Arnold, RE Coordinator


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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!

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 Religious Education program at
South Nassau UU Congregation!


"I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself. ". - Aldous Huxley

Happy New Year to us all! As we begin this new year, we in the RE will continue to explore our Unitarian Universalist history and values. We have all gained a better understanding of the miracles we experience every day through our study of them as well as a keen recognition that science and faith and human goodness all work together to create what we call miracles.

Eleanor RooseveltFor the second semester, we will be using a Tapestry of Faith curriculum for our youngest and junior congregants. Through it, they will discover what duct tape, a hard hat, sandpaper, and a magnifying glass have to do with religious education. Those are some of the real tools that we will use in the Toolbox of Faith program as symbols of the tools we use to be Unitarian Universalists. For example, we will use duct tape to reflect on being flexible in our faith; we will use a hard hat to represent being resilient in our faith; and we will use sandpaper to illustrate how to smooth out rough spots with humor in our faith. Welcome to the Toolbox of Faith program!

In addition to using the ToolBox, we will also explore the same monthly themes that are being used in the adult congregation. Our Senior RE Congregants will all share the pulpit on January 29 with their service that reflects this month’s theme of Prophecy. Mark it on your calendar as they will surely provide their own perspective. The younger groups will also explore prophecy, primarily as it relates to each person and the concept of New Year resolutions as self-fulfilling prophecy. They will look at the quote by Aldous Huxley that precedes this month’s column and discuss the truth of his statement. Huxley was a Universalist and is another great philosopher who shares our UU values.

As you each explore the meaning of prophecy in your own life, please consider that teaching RE or working with our youth at Cons or on social justice projects can be a way to ensure that the future will include people who share the UU principles we espouse. Participating in our Religious Education program is one of the few ways you can impact how our country and our world will evolve. It is a small time commitment, two Sundays a month, but it repays the time and effort tenfold as you see firsthand how our young people express their passion for a just and kinder world.

It all begins with U! And even if you cannot volunteer, please come back and see the River Mural and all our other art work.

Our next family night is scheduled for February, and it is a big surprise for all you wonderful parents. Check the “News You Can Use” in Wednesday’s e-mail for details.

As we enter a time of political uncertainty, let our beautiful young people inspire us all to create a world of which we can be proud!

Harriet Arnold, RE Coordinator


golden Rule

Value Based Religious Education As Unitarian Universalists, we envision children and youth who...

♦ 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. ♦ 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.

Parental Responsibilities and a Covenant Between Us
Our RE ministry is a cooperative of parents who make common commitments for the mutual benefit of all children and youth. These include:

♦ Striving for consistent attendance, which demonstrates that the congregation and faith are important. Building trust and friendship nurtures our common life.
♦ Showing our commitment to South Nassau UU Congregation by making a financial pledge for the year.
♦ Staying informed by reading the Open Line, the Wednesday eblast and emails from the RE program.
♦ Working out a schedule to volunteer in the program (average of 2 hours a month is requested).
This is essential to our program, and we thank you. We know how busy all parents are!
♦ Remaining in the building while the children are in educational programming and picking them up when the program time has ended.
♦ Providing timely feedback (both positive and constructive) in order to help assess and improve the program.
♦ Offering each other mutual support and encouragement as we strive to live within the covenants of SNUUC and move as UU parents toward spiritual growth in our homes.

Unitarian Universalist Principles
We are a covenantal faith community with NO creed to which members must subscribe.

We convenant, however, to affirm and promote the following principles:

♦ The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
♦ Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
♦ Acceptance of and encouragement for one another as we work toward spiritual growth in our congregations;
♦ A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
♦ The right to apply conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society;
♦ The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
♦ Respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.

Sources of the Living Tradition
In pursuit of these principles, we draw wisdom from the continuously revealed sources named below:

♦ Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and upholdlife;
♦ Words and deeds of prophetic women and men. These challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
♦ Inspired wisdom from the world’s religions which helps guide us in our ethical and spiritual lives;
♦ Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
♦ Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
♦ Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

 

Thoughts from the RE Coordinator (January newsletter)

"I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself. ". - Aldous Huxley

Happy New Year to us all! As we begin this new year, we in the RE will continue to explore our Unitarian Universalist history and values. We have all gained a better understanding of the miracles we experience every day through our study of them as well as a keen recognition that science and faith and human goodness all work together to create what we call miracles.

For the second semester, we will be using a Tapestry of Faith curriculum for our youngest and junior congregants. Through it, they will discover what duct tape, a hard hat, sandpaper, and a magnifying glass have to do with religious education. Those are some of the real tools that we will use in the Toolbox of Faith program as symbols of the tools we use to be Unitarian Universalists. For example, we will use duct tape to reflect on being flexible in our faith; we will use a hard hat to represent being resilient in our faith; and we will use sandpaper to illustrate how to smooth out rough spots with humor in our faith. Welcome to the Toolbox of Faith program!
In addition to using the ToolBox, we will also explore the same monthly themes that are being used in the adult congregation. Our Senior RE Congregants will all share the pulpit on January 29 with their service that reflects this month’s theme of Prophecy. Mark it on your calendar as they will surely provide their own perspective. The younger groups will also explore prophecy, primarily as it relates to each person and the concept of New Year resolutions as self-fulfilling prophecy. They will look at the quote by Aldous Huxley that precedes this month’s column and discuss the truth of his statement. Huxley was a Universalist and is another great philosopher who shares our UU values.

As you each explore the meaning of prophecy in your own life, please consider that teaching RE or working with our youth at Cons or on social justice projects can be a way to ensure that the future will include people who share the UU principles we espouse. Participating in our Religious Education program is one of the few ways you can impact how our country and our world will evolve. It is a small time commitment, two Sundays a month, but it repays the time and effort tenfold as you see firsthand how our young people express their passion for a just and kinder world.

It all begins with U! And even if you cannot volunteer, please come back and see the River Mural and all our other art work.

Our next family night is scheduled for February, and it is a big surprise for all you wonderful parents. Check the “News You Can Use” in Wednesday’s e-mail for details.

As we enter a time of political uncertainty, let our beautiful young people inspire us all to create a world of which we can be proud!

Harriet Arnold, RE Coordinator