First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro
Children’s Religious Exploration Program
2018-2019 Church Year
OUR UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST PRINCIPLES
(IN LANGUAGE FOR CHILDREN)
- We believe that each and every person is important.
- We believe that all people should be treated fairly.
- We believe that our churches are places where all people are accepted and where we keep on learning together.
- We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
- We believe that everyone should have a vote about things that concern them.
- We believe in working for a peaceful, fair and free world.
- We believe in caring for our planet earth.
Welcome to Religious Exploration at UU Middleboro!
The Fellowship of the Rings:
The Quest for the Six Sources
We have an exciting program this year in RE. The theme is “The Fellowship of the Rings: The Quest for the Six Sources.”
Over the course of the year, we’ll be exploring each of the six different sources for our UU faith:
- Mystery and Wonder,
- Wise People from the Past,
- Jewish and Christian Traditions,
- World Religions,
- Science and Reason and
- Earth-centered Traditions.
The children and youth will be encouraged to research their own answers to life’s big questions in their Questing Journals, earning a ring for each quest successfully completed.
UU Spaces: A whole new way of doing Religious Exploration
We also have a whole new way of doing RE. Instead of having three classes with their own teachers, we’re moving to a different model, called UU Spaces.
In UU Spaces, we all meet together for the first 15 minutes of RE to share a story led by the Storyteller. After that, everyone gets to choose how they would further like to explore the theme for the day:
- 7th graders and up can spend time in Research Space going into the topic in further depth.
- Those who feel like being creative will be able to do some artwork or building in Creator Space.
- Those who feel like they need some quiet time will be able to engage with the contemplative tools in Spirit Space.
- And those who would like to work on their Questing Journals to earn a Questing ring will be able to spend time in Questing Space.
The Quest for Volunteers
To run this program, we need four adults each Sunday morning: one adult to be the storyteller, one adult to work with the teens, and two other adults to help in the various different Spaces.
Would you be interested in helping out? You won’t be a “teacher.” Instead, you’ll be acting as a guide, supporting the children and youth as they further explore the theme for the day.
If you would like to help, please sign up at:
It looks like it will be a fun year of adventure and exploration, so please consider taking part. We can’t run this program without your support.
Join us for many more fun activities planned throughout the year.
“It Takes A Village To Raise A Child”
How Would You Like to Get Involved?
Religious Exploration at UU Middleboro is a collaborative effort, and we welcome all volunteers from the congregation. Let us know what you like to do and when you are available; we would love you to join our committed and fun-loving team of CORI-checked volunteers. Please contact Juliet Donaldson (email@example.com) if you would like to be involved, even if it is for only 1 or 2 Sundays a year.
- Volunteer on a schedule that works for you.
- Your role will be a guide encouraging the children and youth to ask questions, laugh, play and learn.
- Musical? Consider spending 15 minutes a couple Sundays a year rehearsing songs for intergenerational worship.
- Do you like acting? Take part in a Message for All Ages skit.
- Love babies and toddlers? Volunteer in the nursery, on a regular or occasional basis.
- Youth Group? Be a Youth Group coordinator a couple of Sunday afternoons a month.
- Help out at special events planned throughout the year.
We believe in lifespan education.
Ask to see our adult education offerings.
Juliet Donaldson, Religious Exploration Consultant – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Lownds, Acting Director of Religious Exploration –
Rev. Sarah K. Person, Minister – email@example.com
Religious Exploration Committee
Christine Hoyle, Chair; Kelly Lownds; Juliet Donaldson; Kim Correia; Pam Rasa