Religious Education (RE) program
“I’m late, I’m late
For a very important date
No time to say Hello, Good bye
I’m late, I’m late, I’m late”
-The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer. If you spent time at UU locations such as UUMAC, Star Island, Camp Rowe or Sophia Fahs RE Camp, I look forward to hearing about your experiences. As we begin our congregational year, don’t be like the White Rabbit but mark your calendars for some important and exciting events in the upcoming months sponsored by SNUUC, LIAC and the Metro District of NY. You do not want to be late to any of these events.
• Sunday Sept 7 Welcome Back Water Communion Service & RE Committee Meeting
• Friday Sept 12 RE Sign Up/Teacher Orientation
• Saturday Sept 13 Games Night/Pizza Party at SNUUC
• Sunday Sept 14 RE Classes begin
• Sunday Sept 21 Congregational Open House
I look forward to working with the congregation as I begin my third year as the Director of Religious Education at SNUUC. Please drop me a line to let me know if there is anything special I can do to support your children, youth and families.
David Silver, Director of Religious Education
Other Dates of Interest
• Saturday Sept 13 Jr. HS Youth Retreat Patterson, NY
• Saturday Sept 27 Youth Advisor Workshop Paramus, NJ
• UU Connect Goes Apple Picking Saturday Oct 11 at Southold
• Social Con for HS Youth Oct. 31- Nov. 2 Ridgewood, NJ
• Defying Gravity Leadership Day- Nov. 15 Shelter Rock
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.
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.