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!

Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its law; this is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another. - James Vila Blake, 1894

We are busily preparing for our first day of a new year in Religious Education. We will begin our new multi-generational curriculum, “Miracles,” by introducing our own Unitarian Universalist miracle: Covenant. This is the first month long theme that the whole congregation will explore during the “Year of Getting to Yes!” Each of our three age groups will begin work on a covenant Eleanor Rooseveltreflective of their stage in faith development as delineated` by James Fowler. Much like Piaget, who identified stages of psychological and cognitive development or Lawrence Kohlberg, who followed Piaget with theory of moral development, James Fowler theorized that there are six stages of Faith Development. A chart explaining the six stages is available from the UUA. Follow this link for further information. http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/ wholeness/workshop2/167602.shtml. If you would like more information about this or would like to participate in educating the next generation of UU’s, please see me.

Henry Adams wrote, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops,” so make your bid for immortality in the RE wing.

Another opportunity is available for those whose mission includes service to the next generation. The Shelter Rock UU Congregation is hosting a training for those interested in teaching an elementary aged OWL program. Our Whole Lives (OWL) is an excellent, comprehensive sexuality education program that offers our young people the opportunity to explore their values, gain accurate information about topics that are often not easily accessible. The overall goal of the Our Whole Lives program is to help participants gain the knowledge, values, and skills they need to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives. The curriculum is based on four primary goals: to provide accurate, developmentally appropriate information, to increase self-esteem and understand relationships with and responsibilities toward others to develop interpersonal skills including communication. LIAC has long offered the OWL program for middle school children but we have not had an elementary program here on Long Island. This would be a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in helping our young boys and girls grow into spiritually whole, mature individuals. The training takes place on Friday, October 14, at 5 pm to Sunday, October 16 at 3:30 pm. The cost is $250 for the training. Please see me as soon as possible if you are interested in this opportunity.

Remember to reserve a spot for our October 28 Family Night!

Harriet Arnold, Religious Education Coordinator

Dates to remember:
October 1 Laurie Stuart’s Ordination
October 28 Friday Sea Monster Dinner 5 pm. Open to all! Reservations see Harriet
October 30 Whole Congregation Celebration - Halloween Parade
November 18 Family Movie Night (details to follow)

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 (Summer newsletter)

“There once was a Bald Man who sat down after work on a hot summer's day. A Fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate, and stinging him from time to time. The Man aimed a blow at his little enemy, but - whack - his palm come on his own head instead; again the Fly tormented him, but this time the Man was wiser and said: You will only injure yourself if you take notice of despicable enemies. - Aesop

This summer as we enjoy the long, warm days and nights punctuated by political fighting and rhetoric that may sting our UU ears, let us remember that one of our most renowned Unitarians, Ralph Waldo Emerson, warned us that, Do what we can, summer will have its flies. And truer words were never spoken but I must take issue with the wise Aesop and his moral to the story. At this time we must not only take notice of the despicable and acknowledge its presence but we must stand together to stop the rhetoric of hate. Never has it been more important to be Standing on the Side of Love.
I wish you all a peaceful summer of family, friends, joy and warmth and the courage to live our values every day.
Read to each other every day and I look forward to seeing you all in the sanctuary this summer and in a refurbished RE space in the fall.

Harriet Arnold, RE Coordinator