Religious Exploration
David Silver, Director of RE

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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!

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 (December/January newsletter)

From the Poem “The Voice”

This is one of the favorite poems that we read in the Religious Education Wing. One of the themes this semester in the RE classes is teaching our children and youth to live a “UU Life” and to be mindful of their words and actions. Everyone has a voice inside themselves that will help to guide them to make good choices.

We did an exercise recently with our middle school class about the choices we make when we use our words and the lasting impact that it makes. We gave everyone a clean sheet of paper. We directed the youth to crumple the paper up, without ripping it, and told the piece of paper how mad we were at the paper. We then asked the youth to try to straighten the paper out while apologizing to the paper. While the youth did their best to make the paper as smooth and as it was before, it was not the same. They could never remove all the wrinkles, no matter how hard they tried.

We reminded them it is the same thing with our words. We can apologize after hurting someone, but some impact on the person will always remain. That is why we need to choose our words carefully, and listen to the voice inside us before we speak unkindly to others.

May we always remember to listen to the voice inside us that will lead us to lead a “UU Life” during the holiday season and beyond.

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.