Social Action is a big part of the RE Wing this semester. After several months of planning, fund raising and organizational meetings, a Midnight Run to benefit the homeless in New York City took place on Friday March 14. The RE Wing was abuzz with activity on the night of the run with volunteers sorting clothing, assembling toiletry bags, preparing hot food items and making sandwiches and care packages to give out at various stops across Manhattan. Cars were loaded up with the various items and we were ready to proceed.
Our caravan left SNUUC at 9:00pm and we made our first stop near the Midtown Tunnel at 10:00pm. At each stop, car trunks were opened and items distributed to all who were in need. Our youth were happy to be engaging with the recipients of these items and this was repeated a half dozen times that evening. We gathered back at SNUUC at 2:00am and unpacked what was left over, which was donated to the INN at Freeport and the SNUUC Thrift Shop. We shared our thoughts together before heading home, knowing that the good we do is its own reward and that is enough.
Our Social Action theme will continue in April with the replanting of our SNUUC community garden and the support of the UUSC Garden Project to support garden projects across third world countries.
Notes from David Silver & the RE Wing "Do not go where the path may lead: Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"- Ralph Waldo Emerson
All children and youth will begin in the Sanctuary this Sunday before being dismissed to their religious education classes
- Some of our senior members of this congregation are in need of assistance with some Spring Clean Up Activities. Please speak with your youth about volunteering some time to help and earn community service hours also. Please contact me for details
- RE Teacher Coffee and Conversation will take place on Sunday April 6 at 9:30 am in the RE Wing. All teachers are invited to share coffee and reflections regarding their teaching experiences. A great chance to share ideas and best practices. Hope to see you there
- The RE Committee will meet on Sunday April 6 at 12 pm in the RE Wing. All are invited to attend
Other Notes and Dates of Interest
- Applications for the LIAC administered Student Activity Fund are due by April 15. Applications can be found on the LIAC website. Youth entering Grade 12 and above are eligible. More information is in the March & April Open Lines
- Do you have a child or youth who will be entering 3rd-12th grade next fall? Would your child/youth be interested in attending the popular Sophia Fahs UU Religious Education Camp on Shelter Island for a week this August? Camp begins at 3pm Sunday, August 10, and ends on Friday, August 15 at 2pm. Applications are to be completed online, go to www.liacuu.org Deadline is April 7! Adult volunteers are needed! Speak with David.
- Youth are invited to attend the LIAC Annual Dinner on Saturday April 12 to hear the Rev. Gordon Bailey speak at a reduced rate of $10. Please see me for more details
Student Activity Fund
The Student Activity Fund (SAF) is a program to encourage young Unitarian Universalists to live their religious values through internships in social action, advocacy and service provision.
SAF is a grant-program funded by the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock that enables high school seniors and college students to perform significant service to the community while earning money to help finance their education.
Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of grade appropriate courses in sexuality education. The program provides accurate information and Unitarian Universalist values for children, youth, adults, and families.
Angry crowd protests global warming!
The Coming of Age Program
The Coming of Age (COA) Program is about learning, sharing, growing and bonding with other Unitarian Universalist youth from various Long Island congregations. The purpose of the program is to acquaint the participants with an understanding of Unitarian Universalism, explore their developing personal religious philosophies, examine and discuss adolescent issues and to foster the development of open communication among the youth and between the youth and their families.
Sophia Fahs U.U. Camp
Sophia Fahs provides enjoyable, practical and spiritual experiences in a safe, beautiful and natural environment that will inspire children, youth and adults to explore their identities: personal, communal and Unitarian Universalist.