R.E. NOTES August 25, 2014

R.E. NOTES

August 25, 2014

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.    Marcel Proust

 make the ordinary come alive

Dear Old Ship,   

The world is heavy on us… from the heavy, heavy news… to the weighty expectations of our family, friends and community…

Sometimes it is a challenge to remember who WE are… and what our individual life is about… and what makes US come alive.

 I like to think this is a big part of what Unitarian Universalist religious education does…

 And I feel like this fall, this year, what we offer is more needed than it’s ever been.

 I propose that this year, we treat our time together as a balm… and a blessing… and nourishment.

Feel free to talk to me about that… about what would be most nourishing for you and your family. I have the feeling that it’s going to come down to how we treat each other when we’re together… maybe slowing way down.  Maybe we’ll be feeling our way as we go.

Call, e-mail or visit me during the week, because as always, I like to dedicate my brief, precious, Sunday morning time to being 100% present and available to children and Youth, who don’t have the power or the executive skills to call, e-mail, or visit me during the week…

Finding the “wonder and marvel”…

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education

p.s. Like last year, our first day of R.E. will be a scavenger hunt of the Parish house… Ground floor to attic… Teams of teachers, children and Youth… Getting to know each other, the building, and where to find stuff, all in one fun, pseudo-competitive swoop…

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R.E. NOTES March 23, 2014

Dear Old Ship,

 I’ve been teaching Sunday school this term… It’s not something I should be doing, but we just weren’t able to recruit enough teachers this past term.

And you know what? I have been loving it.

 I’ve been teaching Grades 2& 3 with Chris Sullivan; the subject matter has been bible stories, under the pillar of “Our Jewish and Christian Heritage”.

 Today we read and discussed “The Parable of the Good Samaritan”; two adults, and seven children, seven to nine years old, and it was so gratifying exchanging thoughts and ideas and questions and answers with each other.

 We were thinking hard; about kindness and help… friends and enemies… safety and danger…

 In the year 2014, as in the year 14 (or so), it’s a complicated world with plenty of reason to be cautious, and still, we do want to be open-hearted… and we want to be willing to help.

 We ran scenario after scenario… “What would you do if this?” What would you do if that?” More than one of us spent time laying on the floor, while others of us went through the motions of “what to do” about the scene we’d happened upon.

 We took stock our individual abilities and our modern day resources… AND we had to come to terms with our limitations… For example, I’m neither as tall nor as strong as Chris is… And a seven or eight or nine year old child is not as big or as strong as I am. And none of us know how to help as well as a police officer or fire fighter or EMT.  But any of us can call for help…. And we will if the need arises.

 Until that time, I have learned at least as much as the kids have; any Sunday school teacher will tell you that’s always the way.

 And I’ve learned that next time I’m recruiting volunteers, I will know that, more than asking a favor, I am offering a gift… and I’ll say with complete confidence, “It is the most nourishing  and fulfilling thing you’ll do all week.”

Spring Hugs and Bright Blessings,  

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education                      

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R.E. NOTES August 21, 2013

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,

but in having new eyes.    Marcel Proust

Dear Old Ship,

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It’s starting to look like start-up time again… Nursery toys have been washed… The sandbox has been weeded… Raised beds are firmed up… Art installations are completed… and e-mails are buzzing back and forth…

 So what’s new at Old Ship R.E. this fall? Well, a lot actually…

–          Our website is completely re-vamped and significantly more current and interactive. Check it out at http://oldshipchurch.org/   We have photos and drop-downs and links, and it’s just very cool.

–          We’re offering Our Whole Lives (OWL) to our 8th and 9th graders (along with those from 2nd Parish)…

  http://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/188371.shtml

–          We have more cool natural elements in our playground…

–          We have fabulous, vibrant, active R.E. committees… the Children’s Religious Education Committee:

Trish McAleer Baynes–Chair, Diane Jordan, Alicia Harkness, Sarah Hurley, Anne Kerrebrock, Christine Lotano, John McKendry, Kate Whooley and Carlos Zalduondo… and the Youth Committee: Maureen Butler-Chair, Judi Flaherty and Deb Squires-Lee…

–          Our first day of R.E. will be a scavenger hunt of the Parish house… Ground floor to attic… Teams of teachers, children and Youth… Getting to know each other, the building, and where to find stuff, all in one fun, pseudo-competitive swoop…

–          AND There will be a calendar on the R.E bulletin board,

 so folks can always see what’s coming up next…

 

Old favorites and fun surprises…

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education

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R.E. NOTES February 19, 2014

Dear Old Ship,

 I wish all of life could be a Youth Con… Or at least, lived by UU Youth culture and Youth covenants…

 If you’ve ever wondered why our Youth fall instantly in love with CONs, I have your answer.

It’s because Youth Con/culture is kinder… gentler… more inclusive… and by far more tolerant of shortcomings than is the real world… than perhaps are our congregations, even…

At the beginning of every CON is a covenant session… The entire group gathers; at the most recent CON, the group consisted of 80ish Youth and 20ish adults; Youth advisors, ministers and DREs…  (that’s larger than many of our district’s congregations)  

And the sole purpose of that gathering is to agree to, and to formalize, how folks treat each other while we’re together… Imagine…

Veteran CON-goers raise their hands and get the standard stuff onto the sheet early…

No harsh-ing…  

-if someone feels they’ve been “harsh-ed”, they are empowered to say, “OUCH”

The alerted harsh-er then has the opportunity to fix the bruised exchange on-the-spot…

-if the “harsh-ed” person still feels hurt, they have the right to ask for a “two-fer”; that is that other person immediately says two sincere and kind things to them…  Imagine…

Years ago, I would have thought this would be done grudgingly, maybe even resentfully…

But not so… UU Youth are so happy to be together, and so proud of their shared culture, that it is obviously a sincere joy for them to exercise it with each other…  Imagine…

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Another thing about Youth culture that I miss when I return to the real world: Warm and Fuzzies… Again, during the first hour or two of the CON, each person is given a plain brown bag to personalize… Some simply scrawl their name; some use the bag as a canvas and produce wonderful works of art… But the bag is just a means to an end… Warm and Fuzzies are the point… Everyone produces them and everyone gets them; that’s the goal…  Some are long heartfelt notes about one’s lovely traits or experiences shared… Some are little pieces of graffiti… I got a teeny tiny origami elephant in my bag this last time… It made me feel warm and fuzzy…

And wonderfully, there are folks, who by their very nature, worry that some may not be getting as many Warm and Fuzzies as others…. They make it their business to make extras; and at this past CON with over 100 people in attendance, that meant they sat at a table, long into the night… It was sometimes solitary; sometimes there was a group, but always, it appeared to be done with joy… Imagine…

I only have so much space, so I’ll end with this: A friend was driving home after a week at Star Island RE week (a stronghold of Youth culture) with her teenage son… He said something quite snarky to her and she said, “What happened to the kid I saw laughing and being sweet all week out on the island?”

He looked her in the eye as though she was crazy, and said, “Mom, this is the mainland.”

Imagine if we could really lImagine…                           

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education

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R.E. NOTES January 22, 2014

R.E. NOTES  January 22, 2014

Dear Old Ship,

I’ve put together:

– Bev’s Kids & Youth (and some other stuff) Calendar for 2nd half of 2013- 2014

It is not meant to be a complete listing of all that’s going on at Old Ship, but it’s everything that’s on my personal calendar, and maybe a good starting point for you and your Old Ship planning. For the more events and information go to http://oldshipchurch.org/events.html.

January 12, Sun 10:30-11:40                                     Sun school, ALL groups

January 19, Sun 9:30 – Noon                                    Lunch-making for Father Bill’s Grades 4&5

January 19, Sun 10:30-11:40                                       Sun school, ALL groups
January 24, Friday 7-8:30 pm                     Evensong for EVERYone

January 26, Sun 9am – 10:15am                                 Women’s Breakfast and Handiwork

January 26, Sun 10:30-11:40                                       Sun school, ALL groups

January 31, Friday pm – Sunday am              Sr. High Youth Con -2 nights

February 2, Sun 10:30-11:40                                      Sun school, ALL groups

February 7, Fri 7 pm                                        Social Justice movie – “Girl Rising”
February 8, Sat 9:30am                                                Dog Walk and Animal Blessing

February 9, Sun 10:30-11:40                                       Sun school, ALL groups

February 9, Sun Noon                                     Welcome party for Berni
February 16, Sun 9:30 – Noon                                   Lunch-making for Father Bill’s Grades 6&7

February 16, Sun 10:30 -11:40                                    Sun school,

February 26, Sun 9am – 10:15am                                Women’s Breakfast and Handiwork

February 23, Sun 10:30 -11:40                                                Sun school, ALL groups

February 28, Friday 7-8:30 pm                   Evensong for EVERYone

March 2, Sun 10:30-11:40                                          Sun school, ALL groups

March 9, Sun 10:30-11:40                                           Union Sunday at Old Ship…                         
March 16, Sun 9:30 – Noon                           Lunch-making for Father Bill’s -Youth

March 16, Sun 10:30-11:40                                         Sun school,

March 23, Sun 9am – 10:15am                                    Women’s Breakfast and Handiwork
March 28, Friday 7-8:30 pm                        Evensong for EVERYone

April 6, Sun 10:30-11:40                                           Sun school, ALL groups
April 13, Sun 10:30-11:40                                           Sunday school SEDER          
April 20, Sun 10:30-11:40                                           Sunday School EASTER – EGG HUNT

April 25, Friday 7-8:30 pm                           Evensong for EVERYone

April 26, Saturday pm – Sunday am               Sr. High Youth Con –

April 27, Sun 9am – 10:15am                          Women’s Breakfast and Handiwork

April 27, Sun 9:30 – Noon                              Lunch-making for Father Bill’s Grades 2&3

April 27, Sun 10:30-11:40                                           Sun school,

May 3, Saturday – all day                 May Breakfast and Plant sale
May 3, Saturday – all day                    Jr. High Youth Con – Duxbury

May 4, Sun 10:30-11:40                                              Sun school, ALL groups

May 11, Sun 10:30-11:40                                            Sun school, ALL groups
May 18, Sun 9:00 a.m.                        Graduating Seniors, Breakfast with Ken and Beverly

May 18, Sun 9:30 – Noon                               Lunch-making for Father Bill’s Grades 4&5
May 18, Sun 10:30-11:40        Religious Growth and Learning Sunday – All ages worship

May 23, Friday 7-8:30 pm                            Evensong for EVERYone

May25, Sun 9am – 10:15am                            Women’s Breakfast and Handiwork

May 25, Sun 10:30-11:40                                            Sun school, ALL groups

May 30, Friday pm – Sunday am                    Sr. High Youth Con –Bridging-2 nights

June 1, Sun 10:30-11:40                                            Sun school, ALL groups

June 8, Sun 9:30 – Noon                                Lunch-making for Father Bill’s Grades 6&7

June 8, Sun 10:30-11:40                      Sun school, ALL groups/ New Members Sunday (per Ken)
June 8, Sun 5p.m. – 9:00     4th annual Old Ship Young Artists’ Festival
June 15, Sun 10:30-11:40        Flower Communion  Last day…Quidditch

June 25th through Jun 29th UU General Assembly (for all UUs) in Providence Rhode Island.

July 3rd to 4th  Night Hike, Sleepover & Parade “place-holding”

Thursday Night July 3rd– 6 PM (EAT DINNER FIRST) ‘til end of the parade on Thursday____ 

6p.m.  Old Ship Parish House – check-in/ paperwork/campfire/smores

9p.m. (around dark) ride in cars to World’s End – night hike/fire-flies/ fireworks
10-11ish  back to Old Ship Parish House –movies/food/ sleep/no sleep
5 a.m.  Crawl out to stone wall and go back to sleep/
Parade “place-holding”

7ish     Cheer for runners – (especially our minister and our Old Ship Youth)

9ish     Pancakes on the lawn                            

10ish   Watch the parade

End of parade:   Clean up and go home

July 25th-26th – Old Ship will be having an All Church Retreat! 

Old Shippers, kids to seniors, are Synonyms for strongly adv powerfully activelystar energeticallystar firmlystar fullystar greatlystar heartilystar heavilystar resolutelystar robustlystar solidlystar staunchlystar steadilystar vigorouslystar completelystar decidedlystar forciblystar indomitablystar invinciblystar mightilystar securelystar stoutlystar sturdilystar  encouraged to attend our Beach Retreat Weekend at Craigville Retreat Center on beautiful Cape Cod. This will be a fabulous and fun opportunity to connect with the folks in your congregation in a whole new way.

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R.E. NOTES December 18, 2013

R.E. NOTES   December 18, 2013

Dear Old Ship,

On Sunday, December 30th, there will be no Sunday school/Religious education classes… And on Sunday, January 5th, the R.E. Committee will have an “all age groups together” activity to ring in the New Year…

But then… on January 12th… the new term of curriculum begins… Our Jewish and Christian Heritage.

I want to talk more about that.

Most Unitarian Universalist congregations provide a religious home to people from a wide assortment of religious backgrounds…. and even folks who were raised in the same faith tradition may have very different experiences and memories of that faith.  Some still embrace much of their childhood faith with fondness. Some feel sad and injured when they look back.

As Unitarian Universalist religious educators, we accept the challenge of presenting some knowledge of as many faith traditions as we can, to our children, and in our Adult/Lifespan programs. And with most of the faiths we cover, that happens uneventfully and without worry. But when it’s time to teach about Christianity, strong feelings sometimes come forth. Some folks are pleased and grateful… some feel angry, maybe even betrayed… and may not even be clear about why.

I bring this to the fore so we can bravely “walk together” through all these possibilities. 

If you find yourself with questions about “how” or “why” we teach what we do, or any other questions for that matter, please call me… or any of the members of the Religious Growth and Learning Committees…

Ideally, we should make an appointment and talk over a cup of tea. Experience has shown that the more heartfelt the topic, the less likely it is to be well-handled via e-mail… When we sit together, we get into each other’s rhythm, we can see each other’s facial expressions, and it’s more likely that we will actually hear one another. And isn’t that what we’re here for?

Warm socks and bright blessings…

Beverly Tricco, Director of Religious Education

 

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R.E. NOTES November 25, 2013

R.E. NOTES     November 25, 2013

Dear Old Ship,

Have you been wondering what’s happening with “the pageant”? Maybe that wouldn’t even cross your mind until after Merrie Market, but I’m here to cut your curiosity off at the pass.

 To the great relief of our Sunday school kids, our Sunday school teachers, the R.E. committees, our minister and director of religious education agreed that this year, on Sunday, December 22nd, instead of a scripted, casted and rehearsed pageant, we will have a spontaneous, voluntary, Nativity tableau.

A tableau (for those who may not know) is a dramatic scene in which the players are both silent and motionless. The players move into a pose and then stay in that position during the reading.  Ken will do the reading.

The only “pre-casting” we will need to do will be Mary and Joseph, as they will have to make an entrance and stay still the longest; not to mention be costumed before the start of the service. All other parts will be casted and costumed during the reading.  All parts will be un-limited in number, and available to children and adults alike.

To that end, please let me know if you or your child wants to be Mary or Joseph… If you have magnificent props or costumes to lend (we do have a good number already)… Or if you would like to be  part of the Costuming “Pit-crew” at the back of the sanctuary…

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Many hands will make light work…

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education

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The Tree of Contemplative Practices

The Tree of Contemplative Practices

from http://www.contemplativemind.org

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R.E. Notes September 17, 2013

Dear Old Ship…

In the executive committee meetings that I attend, we’ve been using and fine-tuning this graphic you see here:

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Ken introduced the idea a couple of years ago, an we’ve found that it’s helped us organize our thoughts, and reflect on how our various efforts and initiatives contribute to our larger goals.

I’ve grown to like these “circles of ministry” so much, and the way they distill myriad tasks into a manageable number of  categories, that I’m adapting them to R.E.   AND adding rainbow color coding!!  It may be that after 18 years of DRE-ing, I may finally have the “to do” list organized.  Here’s what I have so far:

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Why am I calling this “news”?  Well, I think we should be proud of the quality and quantity of the work we do… And, if  these graphics and  visual aids help us or any of you do more and even better church work, won’t that be wonderful?

Circles of love and brightly colored blessings…

Beverly Tricco, Director of Religious Education

 

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R.E. NOTES August 21, 2013

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,

but in having new eyes.    Marcel Proust

Dear Old Ship,

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It’s starting to look like start-up time again… Nursery toys have been washed… The sandbox has been weeded… Raised beds are firmed up… Art installations are completed… and e-mails are buzzing back and forth…

So what’s new at Old Ship R.E. this fall? Well, a lot actually…

–          Our website is completely re-vamped and significantly more current and interactive. Check it out at http://oldshipchurch.org/   We have photos and drop-downs and links, and it’s just very cool.

–          We’re offering Our Whole Lives (OWL) to our 8th and 9th graders (along with those from 2nd Parish)…

Now, with a four-decade tradition of honest, comprehensive, health-promoting talk about sexuality—and eleven years of offering specialized curricula for all ages called Our Whole Lives (OWL)—Unitarian Universalist congregations are recognized as leaders in sexuality education.” http://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/188371.shtml

          We have more cool natural elements in our playground…

–          We have fabulous, vibrant, active R.E. committees… the Children’s Religious Education Committee:

Trish McAleer Baynes–Chair, Diane Jordan, Alicia Harkness, Sarah Hurley, Anne Kerrebrock, Christine Lotano, John McKendry, Kate Whooley and Carlos Zalduondo… and the Youth Committee: Maureen Butler-Chair, Judi Flaherty and Deb Squires-Lee…

–          Our first day of R.E. will be a scavenger hunt of the Parish house… Ground floor to attic… Teams of teachers, children and Youth… Getting to know each other, the building, and where to find stuff, all in one fun, pseudo-competitive swoop…

–          AND There will be a calendar on the R.E bulletin board,

so folks can always see what’s coming up next…

Old favorites and fun surprises…

Beverly Tricco,  Director of Religious Education

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