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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DRE learning Wordpress… be kind!!

Dear Old Ship…

I do try to stay somewhere IN the current, but that does not mean I am a strong swimmer…

At the same time, when I observe that some of my colleagues are wading in the web like olympians, and have their registration forms all automated, and have their blogs and Twitters being posted to facebook, and their URLs all over the Google-able world, well, I feel compelled to wade our a little further into the stream…

This metaphor is clunky, so I’m abandoning it…  The point is, I’m trying to use WordPress to streamline the administrative tasks and bookkeeping that involve SO much duplication and take SO much of my time, AND keep me from doing the things I love to do best… Namely come up with cool and wonderful ways to share UU values with kids, youth and adults…

I hear it can be done(the WordPress/admin thing)… I’ve observed others doing it… But that doesn’t mean I’m going to be able to just DO it myself…

If any of you are fluent in WordPress, feel free to come in and sit with me as I muddle through… You’ll find me a humble and tractable student… honest… no, i mean it… really… no really…

Thanks and blessings…

Beverly

 

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