During the 2017-2018 church year, our Religious Education programming follows block scheduling, with intersession breaks between groups of classes.

Adult Religious Education classes are from 9:30-10:45 Sunday mornings, before our 11:00 worship service.

Children’s Religious Education classes begin after the service starts. Families begin together in the 11:00 service, and children will be ushered to their classes along with their teachers.

Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Block 1: September 17 – October 15

Sprouts (Pre-K – 1st): What does it mean to be a people of welcome?

led by Laurissa Hurst

Explorers (2nd – 6th grades): What does it mean to be a people of welcome?

led by Rachel Dodge

Youth (7th – 12th grades): What does it mean to be a people of welcome? Led by Molly Ruhlman, James McCallister, Andy Mendez, Michael Brown, and Claire Runquist

Adults (Class 1): Doors Open First Unitarian

This course, offered by Church Historian Catherine Evans, is designed both for newcomers who don’t yet know about the church’s rich history and for folks who have who have been members a while, but wish to extend their knowledge.  Individuals who participate will be prepared to answer visitors’ questions throughout the year and serve as guides, if they wish.  They will also be able to host visitors for the church’s participation in Doors Open Baltimore.  Hope you’ll join us!

Adults (Class 2): Gratitude on Steroids—The deeper connections.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) (aka Compassionate Communication) is a tool we with which can truly hear and understand one another’s shared values while holding everyone’s needs with care. It uses words and language with intention as a spiritual practice required by our principles. It combines mindfulness with tools and consciousness. With Holy Curiosity, we individuals can bring compassion and justice to our community. We recognize what is alive in ourselves, so we can make our lives more enjoyable and can recognize and honor that which is alive in others. In fact, once all parties have been heard and know that their needs matter, strategies usually organically evolve win-win. I have seen it work, and it can be like magic.

Following the recommendations of the leaders at Summer Institute, we will study from  “Connecting Across Differences,” by Jane Marantz Connor, Ph.D. & Dian Killian, Ph.D., which combines teaching the process with exercises. We’ll discuss the book, play NVC games, do exercises, and practice on each other. The book will be available at cost, which will be about $12.  It would be helpful to read the book, but if you don’t, you will learn just from attending.

Alice Lium has studied mediation in the inclusive model, and currently is mediating with the District Court in Civil and Rent Court. She recently attended the UU camp at Ohio Meadville District Summer Institute where the theme speaker and Alice’s chosen workshop both centered on Nonviolent Communication.

 

October 22 & 29, Intersession: No RE Classes 

 

Block 2: November 5th to December 3rd

Sprouts (Pre-K and 1st): Soul Matters

led by Laurissa Hurst

Elementary (1st – 6th grades): Soul Matters

led by TBD

Youth (7th – 12th grades): Soul Matters

Led by Molly Ruhlman, James McCallister, Andy Mendez, Michael Brown, and Claire Runquist

Adults: Time to Listen: knowing ourselves

We have a lot of really amazing, interesting people in this church family and we don’t always get a chance to really know one another, do we? During this series of 9:30 classes we will take the time to listen. Each week on First Unitarian community member will share, unrushed, telling their story and answering the following sorts of questions: Who are you? What makes your heart tick? Why are you here and where are you going? It’s a series where we listen and learn about one another, one at a time. Would you like to share? Preparing to share is a fascinating opportunity to stretch, to think about what your answers are, and how you would like to express them. Or, just come to listen and get to know our church family better than before. If you would like to inquire about sharing simply email rechair@fistunitarian.net  and let me (Molly) know. If we love this series we will keep it going until everyone who wants to has a chance to share.

 

December 3rd – December 24th, Children’s Christmas Pageant Prep and Performance!

December 31st and January 7th, Intersession: No RE Classes 

 

 

Block 3: January 14 – February 19

 

February 28 & March 4, Intersession: No RE Classes 

 

Block 4: March 11 – April 8

 

April 15 & 22, Intersession: No RE Classes 

 

Block 5: April 29 – June 11