Beginning September 20, First Unitarian will offer religious education classes — for children and adults — from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Yep, that’s right, we’re changing how we do RE!
This approach is being adopted by many Unitarian Universalist churches across the country, as a way to invite more people into educational programs. At the same time, children and RE teachers will have an opportunity to attend church. (Nursery will be available for extra-wiggly or young children.) This switch is important, because parents are often children’s religious education teachers. Under the previous structure, teachers and children missed out on the Sunday services, making it difficult for parents and teachers to feel a connection to the church community outside of religious education. In this way, we hope to bring our community closer, while offering enriching classes and discussions for all ages.
Youth programming and additional adult programming will be offered at other times. Stay tuned for those details!
Here are the programs available this fall.
Pilgrims & Strangers: A Study of our Seven Principles
Led by Gene Slothour-Hudnall
Sept 20 â€“ Dec 20
Volunteer office (2nd Floor)
In this discussion group, we work towards a deeper understanding of each other, our faith, and our world. This Fall, we consider the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism in the context of the recent events and ongoing challenges in Baltimore City. For more information, accompanying readings, or to join the e-mail list, please contact Gene Slothour-Hudnall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart to Heart: Gatherings for Reflection and Sharing
Led by Rev. David Olson
Sept 20 â€“ Dec 27
Youth Room (2nd floor)
Using a model of sharing that respects differences and allows for mutual appreciation of the lives we live and the answers we find to lifeâ€™s questions, we gather to consider topics including Friendship, Listening, Balance, Doubt, Nature, Sustainable Living, Success and Failure, and Forgiveness. Our texts are taken from the book, Heart to Heart by Christin Robinson and Alicia Hawkins (available from our bookstore). Drop in to any one session or attend them all. For more information, contact Reverend Olson at email@example.com
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality
Led by Nancy West
Sept 20 â€“ Oct 25
Enoch Pratt Parish Hall
How many times have you thought, “Something needs to be done about racial inequity. I just don’t know what to do?” Join us for an in-depth community dialogue about the issues and the possibilities. Using the video Cracking the Codes as our guide, we will work toward a deeper understanding of racial inequityâ€”exploring our own bias, privilege, and internalized racism as well as structural and institutionalized racism. We then discuss strategies for breaking down racial and socio-economic barriers. Attendance at all six session is preferred but not required. Contact Nancy West at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Getting Along: Putting the Healthy Congregation tenets to workâ€”everywhere!
Led by Laura Laing and Gina Foringer
November 1 â€” December 13
Enoch Pratt Parish Hall
Healthy Congregations is an inter-denominational approach to lowering anxiety and upping connections within a church. But the tenets of this remarkable program can be applied to family life, work situations, even surly teens or contentious holiday dinners! In this workshop, Laura and Gina will guide participants in ways they can improve all of their personal and professional interactions. Previous experience with Healthy Congregations is not necessary.
Contact Laura Laing at email@example.com for more information.
Childrenâ€™s programming is designed for all children between the ages of 3 and 5th grade. Special opportunities for volunteering are offered for middle schoolers. Youth are invited to participate in a program that meets outside of Religious Education for All. Look for more information about Youth programming at a later date.
Sprouts3 â€“ 5 year olds Sprouts Room (2nd Floor)
Through carefully created, age-appropriate lessons and activities, kids will discover what it means to be Unitarian Universalist.
Young ElementaryK â€“ 2nd Grade First Floor Classroom Love Surrounds Us
Kids at this age will explore all of the Unitarian Universalist Principles in the context of family, school, and neighborhood. Activities invite students to explore the love they feel in community, helping them answer the question, â€œWhy do I belong?â€
Older Elementary3rd â€“ 5th Grade First Floor Classroom Love Will Guide Us
In this curriculum, kids will explore love as a central aspect of Unitarian Universalism, asking questions like, â€œWhere did we come from?â€ and â€œHow can we respond with love, even in bad situations?â€ Throughout the program, the night sky and North Star serve as metaphors. Central to the message are the Unitarian Universalist Seven Sources.