RE News: Sun Oct 7

Last Sunday, Sep 30, was a living testament to the vigor, dedication, and spiritual commitment of parents, staff, and teachers. The Parent-Teacher Meeting was the first event of the day, facilitated by Perry Montrose, our Director of Faith Development, and me. Perry led a thought-provoking exercise: remember a time or event when you were a child or youth that was a joyful and transcending moment. The group shared a diverse collection of memories and personal experiences, a “journey discussion,” that helped the adults understand and relate to the children’s feelings and connections. The K-5 grade children started their instruction with Lyra Harada, our Children’s Music Director, learning the song “Circle of Life” in preparation for our Thanksgiving service. Perry concluded the children’s worship with a chalice lighting activity on the theme of “letting go” where each child had an opportunity to share a thing they wanted to let go of. Later, the parent orientation for the Our Whole Lives (OWL) class gave me the opportunity to better understand and truly appreciate the depth and complexity of this important curriculum. The facilitators asked probing, relevant questions, and the parents offered an engaged integration of opinions and feedback. The culmination of the Sunday activities left me once again impressed with the integrity and excellence of CUUC’s RE program.

Michele Rinaldi
Religious Education Coordinator

Religious Education this Sunday, Oct 7
All ages meet in Fellowship Hall for Spirituality Sunday, which will include music, a nature walk, and meditation.

2018-19 Curriculum: Pre-K - Chalice Children; K-1st - A Discovery Year; 2nd-3rd - Affirmation Year; 4th-5th - Toolbox of Faith; 6th-7th - Riddle & Mystery; 8th-9th - Our Whole Lives; 10th-12th - Youth Group
To view a spreadsheet version of the RE Calendar, CLICK HERE.
Faith Development Friday, Fri Oct 12, CUUC
An evening of learning, spiritual growth, and community. RSVP to admin@cucwp.org. 6:15pm Pizza & Salad Community Dinner, 7:00pm Programs, including:

"Faith Like a River" Adult RE - Session facilitated by Rev. Meredith. The class explores the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage. If you can't attend in person, you can join online via Zoom videoconferencing at https://zoom.us/j/2898507899.
Family Journey Groups - Parents discuss the theme of faith, facilitated by Barbara Montrose, while children have their own group, facilitated by Perry Montrose, Director of Faith Development. Adults without children are welcome to participate in the parent group.
Youth Group Social Night - High school youth gather for a night of fun. Bring a friend!

Adults may also just share dinner and then stay to chat and be together in Fellowship Hall, without specific programming. We welcome all to stay for coffee and conversation after the programs.

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