RE News: Sun May 20

Lifespan Religious Education
The process of coming of age from a faith development perspective is a lifelong one. We are continually coming into our own as we move through various stages of life. As Unitarian Universalists, we embrace the never-ending unfolding of our spiritual evolution in which revelation is ongoing. Our 8th-9th graders will mark the culmination of their Coming of Age journey in RE this Sunday at the service they will lead. When they read their faith statements, it will not mark the end of their faith development path, only a rite of passage along the way. Each time we witness the COA Service as adults we are inspired by the youth and are reminded of our own ever-changing understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Please see the following five (5) announcements:

1)This Sun May 20
All ages start in the sanctuary for a Wonder Box Story with the COA class, as they lead the service.

Pre-K-1 - Creating Home
2nd-3rd - Home (spiritual practice of play)
4th-5th - Bibleodeon: Jonah and making animals for the ark that Ted built)
6th-7th – Neighboring Faiths: Kiva Microfinance (https://www.kiva.org/lender/cuucwp)
8th-9th – Coming of Age Service
10th-12th – Attend COA Service

To view the Religious Education Google calendar, CLICK HERE.
To view a spreadsheet version of the RE Calendar, CLICK HERE.

2) Faith Development Friday - Tomorrow, May 18
An evening of learning, spiritual growth, and community
RSVP by 3pm Fri to cuucevents@gmail.com

6:15pm Pizza & Salad Community Dinner
7:00pm Programs Begin...

Faith Like a River
The Wisdom RE Ministry Team invites you to an Adult RE experience facilitated by Rev. Meredith. This class explores the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage. What lessons do the stories of our history teach that can help us live more faithfully in the present? What lessons do they offer to be lived into the future? You may also join this program online via Zoom videoconferencing by going to https://zoom.us/j/2898507899.

Family Journey Group
Parents gather to discuss the theme of truth (facilitated by Barbara Montrose), while children have their own group with activities and discussion based on the theme (facilitated by Perry Montrose, DLRE). Adults without children are invited to participate in the parents’ group.

Youth Group - There is no youth social night this month. There will be one on June 15.

Social Time for Adults
Those who would like more time to chat and just be together are welcome to continue hanging out in Fellowship Hall after the meal. Come to simply get to know your fellow CUUCers better, without specific programming.

Also stay for coffee and conversation after the programs.

3) College Scholarship Awards
Each year CUUC offers two scholarships in the amount of $250 for our graduating seniors. One scholarship is given in honor of Sylvia Schnall-Pierorazio and the other Rev. Betty Baker, both former CUUC Directors of Religious Education.

Please send a short essay on your contributions and leadership at CUUC, with a brief explanation of how the scholarship will be used and the names of two CUUC references to dlre@cucwp.org by May 31.

4) Unirondack Family & Friends Weekend May 25-28
Join other CUUC families at this Unitarian camp on Memorial Day weekend for family fun and connection.
A few of our families attended last year and had a great time.

For information and to register, CLICK HERE.
Contact Rebecca Rugg at rebeccaruggbiz@gmail.com to find out more from an attendee.

5) UU Summer Camps & Retreat Centers for Children, Youth, and Families
Unitarian Universalist retreat centers offer the opportunity to connect with UUs from around the country in fun and fellowship. Whether you are looking for a place to go as a family or somewhere for your kids to experience a fun camp, there are many amazing Unitarian Universalist summer destinations:

Ferry Beach is oceanfront in ME.
The Mountain is atop the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC.
The Rowe Center is in the Berkshire Mountains in MA.
Sophia Fahs RE Camp is one week in August on Shelter Island.
Star Island is a 46-acre island off the NH coast.
Unirondack is in the NY Adirondacks.
Murray Grove is a Universalist retreat center nearby in NJ.
UUMAC Retreat is one week in July at DeSales University in PA.
The Central East Region offers a Summer Institute focused on climate change.
SUUSI is a weeklong multignerational event in North Carolina.

Director of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development

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