Religious Education Notes 8/29/16
Dear Old Ship,
I am so ready to start the church year! So ready.
My summer has been filled with sunshine… swimming… travel… learning… excitement…and yes, even a few hours in the hammock, looking up through the leaves in my back yard.
I hope you all had at least a few moments of rest and renewal… and a smattering of new experiences that made you think.
I brought back two new concepts/phrases that you’ll be hearing from me and from the CRE and Youth folks…
One is “Big Rocks”… As in, “When you’re filling your day, your week, your life, put the big rocks in first… or they might not get in at all.”
This will help us make sure that everything we offer is full of value, and our shared values.
And of course, we’re hoping that your family’s connection with the spirit is one of your “big rocks”.
The second phrase you’ll hear and see is “Inspire/Empower/Connect”. That is what we intend to do at every possible opportunity. You might even say they are our “big rocks”.
What we teach will not change all that much; we will still be teaching Jewish and Christian Heritage, Unitarian Universalist History and Identity, World Religions, and Science and Nature/Wonder and Awe.
But how we deliver what we teach will always be filtered through and checked against the question: did we “Inspire/Empower/Connect”?
I can’t wait to see you all for our Homecoming Service and Water Communion, Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Meeting House.
Like last year, our first day of R.E. (September 18) will be a scavenger hunt of the Parish house…
Ground floor to attic… Teams of teachers, children and Youth… Getting to know each other, getting to know the building, and getting to know where to find stuff… all in one fun, pseudo-competitive swoop.
Bright blessings and “see you soon”…
Director of Religious Education