Religious Exploration
with Children and Youth

November, 2022

Religious Exploration

RE Committee
We will meet Tuesday evening, November 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor.  Our meeting will be in person, and there will be a link for those that need to join virtually.  We are discussing bringing back the sale of Equal Exchange, as the children used to sell it during Coffee Hour once a month.  

RE Children’s Classes
Our theme this year is “Exploring Beyond Our Walls,” and we are using the moral tales curriculum to support our exploration.  We have done a nature walk (we found the cutest pumpkin in the compost out back) and looked for bugs.  We are hoping to venture further to other churches, synagogues, temples and meeting houses so we can experience different religious opportunities.

We have consistently had 3 children since the beginning of the church year.  We are learning the principles and memorizing them (their idea) and still opening class with some “show and tell” sharing of toys and games and now ending class with counting to 30 in Spanish.  

Babysitting Is Back
Niko Pucillo-Dunphy has been offering nursery care.  Niko will be present every week, and we are hoping to get some volunteers to back them up if there are children who need childcare. In September, Mia Stevens and Niko organized the closet; and Niko is currently creating a library catalog for our  children’s books. 

Youth Group
Our first youth group met on October 16 from 5:00 to 7:00.  We are working to find a time that works for most of our youth as we are a small group of 5 youth, and we enjoy it most when we can all be together.  Barbara Bancroft joined me, and we will be working on an interfaith curriculum.  We are reaching out to a local church to try to engage another youth group in doing a joint activity for either a church service or another joint venture. Our next scheduled meeting is November 13 from 5:00 to 7:00.  We will keep people updated with any changes. 

LGBTQ+ Youth Support Group/GSA 
 We had a good level of interest in a potential support group for youth and parents and allies.  Christine Hoyle and I are working on a time and date to advertise to the interested parties – some from inside and some from outside church.

Volunteers and Giving Back
I have had a spate of donations of books and magazines (thank you Karen Melchior, Connie Komack, and John Mullen) that can be used for stories for Message for all Ages and for our RE classes.   We had Valerie Fontaine tell the story during Danielle Di Bona’s service, and we have some volunteers to help downstairs in RE – Barbara Bancroft, Chris Dargelis and Christine Hoyle.

Kelly Lownds, Director of Religious Exploration

Upcoming RE events

Religious Exploration
at UU Middleboro

Are you looking for a safe space to bring your children on Sunday mornings where they can grow socially, emotionally and spiritually?  Please consider joining us on a Sunday morning.  Enrollment is available at any time during the school year.  Please join us in person or look for the registration link coming soon.

Sunday school is back in person this year!! Church starts at 10:30 and we will be meeting during the church service, downstairs after the Message for All Ages around 10:45.  We will have registration on 9/11 and our first class will be on 9/18.  Our older youth will meet on Sunday evenings every other week.  More to come on this!

This year we are Exploring Beyond our Walls.  Every day our children are often faced with difficult decisions and situations.  We will use moral tales and lessons to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.  Our youth will explore various types of worship as well and take some “field trips” to other religious services in the area.

Religious Exploration at UU Middleboro works to allow our children and adults to freely explore together what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist.  We ask questions and search for answers together in an open and nurturing environment.  We draw our curriculum from the Tapestry of Faith.  Using out seven principles and six sources, we journey together to love one another, be fair, care for the earth, understand democratic principles, encourage continuous learning and work towards a world that is peaceful, fair and equitable.  We are a safe congregation, and we CORI the teachers and helpers in our program. Registration for RE is recommended, but all are welcome to try out our classes and spend time with our wonderful youth and teachers. 

We don’t forget the parents either!  We have a monthly parent coffee hour that we hold virtually the second Sunday of the month at 11:45 after the church service.  Please join us!

  • 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.

Please contact:

Kelly Lownds, Director of Religious Exploration
dre@uumiddleboro.org

Religious Exploration Committee:
Christine Hoyle, Chair; Kelly Lownds; Greg Stevens; Nancy Kidd