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!
...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)
Community building is the prevalent theme in the RE Wing this year. Our volunteer RE teachers have been meeting over coffee and breakfast the first Sunday of every month to talk about their teaching experiences and discuss ideas and foster a sense of shared experiences.
And a wonderful tradition has been re-established this year in the RE Wing. When the children and youth are dismissed to their religious education classes from the Sanctuary, everyone gathers together in the common area of the RE Wing and spends time as a group before beginning their classroom lessons.
We begin with a simple chalice lighting: "We light this chalice as a symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith. This is the church of the open mind. This is the church of the loving heart. This is the church of the helping hands".
I tell our children and youth that one of the ways that we show that we care about each other is to share something important and to listen to each other share. I invite every- one to share something important that happened during the week. When everyone is finished, we are able to see all of the joys, sorrows and concerns that we have in common.
Then the Senior HS youth read a short, Seven Principals themed story to the children and then our classes begin. A connection between all of our youth and teachers is being established and a true sense of community is being fostered. Thanks to Ilene Corina for suggesting that this tradition be put back in place. It serves to galvanize our connection to each other.
Please note that an Intergenerational Luncheon will take place on Sunday November 10 in the RE Wing. A mostly homemade meal will be provided for the SNUUC community immediately after services on that date along with special activities, speakers and surprises. All are welcome. Please plan on joining us for this special RE Wing sponsored activity. Let me know if you need additional information or if you would like to assist on the day of the event.
David Silver, Director of Religious Education
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 email@example.com.