Notes from the DRE
Religious Education This Summer
Melody Moberg, UUC Director of Religious Education
This summer finds our families wanting to get offline, and seeking creative ways to engage with our faith, other UUC families, and Black Lives Matter. In June, families answered the call of one UUC elementary student, to join her in marching for Black Lives at the Children’s March. Aria and I have loved connecting with students about Black Lives Matter and antiracism during children’s chapel, story hour and youth chapel, three opportunities for faith formation over zoom we’ve been offering since March. Given typical summer attendance patterns, we decided to put these three ministries on hold until the fall.
While we are meeting remotely, religious education at UUC is shifting to embrace family ministry. We believe parents are the primary religious educators of their children, offering moral guidance and faith formation which holds particular weight and power. Adults – think back on the messages you received from your parents about religion, spirituality, morality or social justice, and you’ll get a sense of what we mean. During this uncertain time, our work as your religious education staff is to enable families to engage faith formation together. Here are some ways to engage faith formation in July and August:
Coffee hour for parents and families
Following worship on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, parents, children and teens will have the opportunity to connect with each other for fellowship and conversation from 10:30–11:00 a.m Children really love getting to see each other during children’s chapel and story hour, and we hope to recreate some of this engagement here, while also giving parents an opportunity to connect with each other. For the Zoom link, look on UUC connect or contact Melody Moberg.
Family FUUn Packets
Engage faith formation at home, no zoom calls required. We’ve curated activities, stories, coloring pages, discussion questions and opportunities for spiritual deepening for families. Each week of the summer has a different theme, based around important holidays and rituals in our wider UU lives. For example, the June Family FUUn packets included content about Flower Communion, the Annual Meeting (yes, this CAN be fun!), Juneteenth, and Pride. We send youth content from the Family FUUn packets to families via email each week, and physical copies of the full packets (plus art supplies and special goodies) to families with children through grade 7. If you want to be sent a copy of these materials, and your family hasn’t received one, contact Aria Curtis.
Elementary summer camps
UUC is collaborating with Unitarian Universalist congregations across the Pacific Northwest to offer elementary camps throughout the summer. Camp includes time to connect over Zoom and activities to engage offline during the day. Each week of camp is focused on a different, fun topic and facilitated by experienced religious education professionals from our region. Themes include Food, Stories, Animals, Minecraft, and more! You can register and find out about each week of Camp on the PNW UU Kids Camp website, linked here.
Emerging programming: Antiracist Parenting book club and Climate Justice Activism For Families
We are working on exciting initiatives asked for by parents and kids, a climate justice activism group for families, and an antiracist parenting book club. Contact Aria Curtis to be kept in the loop about these emerging opportunities for families.