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What's Happening in Religious Education on January 3

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9:30 am

Little Sundays of Surprises (Age 3- Grade K)

Chalice Children: Babies

In this session the children will be helped to understand a love of babies and the practice of a child dedication ceremony as part of the congregation.

Big Sundays of Surprises (Grade 1-6)

Timeless Themes: Let My People Go

The children will hear the story of Moses leading the Hebrew people out of Egypt, and will reflect on the idea of oppression, and on times when they have felt oppressed.

11:15 am

Sparks Preschool (Ages 3-4)

Story Time: It’s Mine

The children will hear a story about getting along. The session’s activities emphasize cooperative play.

Flames (Grades K-1)

 World of Wonder: The Web of Life

 The children will begin a new curriculum, World of Wonder, which will help them gain a greater understanding and appreciation of our interdependence with nature. This session will introduce our human relationship to the earth, which is expressed in our seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle: respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Blazes (Grades 2-4)

Signs of Our Faith: Signs, Symbols, and Rituals

The children will begin a new curriculum, Signs of Our Faith, which will guide children to do their best to live faithful Unitarian Universalist lives every day. In this session the children will examine why rituals are important to connect us to each other and our faith. And, they explore how signs can represent abstract ideas. This will help them understand the foundational statement of the program: Our behavior every day is a sign of our faith.

Questioners Middle Youth (Grades 5-7)

Heeding the Call: The Call for Awareness

The Middle Youth will begin a new curriculum, Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice Maker. In this curriculum youth will be encouraged to view themselves as agents of change in the world as they develop qualities crucial to justice work. This week’s session will explore the first quality: awareness. Youth will become more aware of their personal history of justice work and how awareness can influence their commitment to this work.

Passages (Grades 8-9)

Coming of Age: Connecting to the Natural World

This workshop will help the Passages youth discover spiritual connections to the natural world, and learn about Unitarian Universalist movements that have been closely associated with nature.

Seekers Senior Youth (Grades 10-12)

Principled Music: Imagine

The Senior Youth have chosen a new curriculum for the winter/spring semester: Principled Music. This curriculum uses Pop culture to explore ethical and theological issues through relevant music media. The first session will remind us of the need for social justice, and explore the close link between music and the fight for social justice in our country’s recent history.