RE Curriculum Guide

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TAPESTRY OF FAITH

Embodying a faith development focus for our congregations, Tapestry of Faith is a series of programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love.>

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has created the first ever online lifespan curriculum for our congregations. Each program includes stories, activities, worship and social action ideas to nurture people in ethics, spirit, and faith. Every session features Taking It Home and Find Out More sections for families to explore at home. And parents can go online and read the curriculum that their children are experiencing in their congregation each week.

2013-2014 CLASSES

Nursery - Infants and toddlers (3 and under)
Aides: Devon Hempe, Emma Kubinski, Mina Weymouth-Little

For the youngest children, we provide warm, friendly care. We ask parents to stay with their children until they feel comfortable. Please pick up your children as soon as the service ends.

Four- to Six-Year-Olds
Leaders: Melissa Albanese, Bethany Riddle, and Laura Foster-Malenich with parent assistants

Creating Home: This program helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. Together with your group you will ask questions about the purpose of having a home and the functions a home serves, for us as humans and for other animals. The program speaks of home as a place of belonging and explores the roles each of us play in the homes where we live. The program introduces the concept of a "faith home" — your congregation — which shares some characteristics with a family home. Like a family home, a faith home offers its members certain joys, protections, and responsibilities.

Website: http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/home/index.shtml

Second and Third Grades
Leaders: Wendy Engelhardt and Janet Kagel with parent assistants

Signs of Our Faith: Rev. Morales asks us to think about religion as the practice of being faithful to what you love. In order to do this, you must decide what you love and do your best to live that love faithfully every day. Signs of Our Faith guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives do and can exhibit these traits and values, and come to understand that their faith is a living faith whose histories and teachings are fortifications for living faithfully in a complex world.

Website: http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/index.shtml

Fourth and Fifth Grades
Leaders: Jennifer Kubinski and Suzanne Goldstein with parent assistants

Sing to the Power: Sing to the Power affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting “powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” Participants experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders.

Website: http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/sing/index.shtml

YOUTH PROGRAMS:

Sixth-Eighth Grades: Middle School
Leaders: Dan Dunmire, Harlan Loveless, Dixie Comeau 

Popcorn Theology: Popcorn theology takes the concept and popularity of movie night to explore issues of theology and ethics for Unitarian Universalists. This curriculum is versatile and flexible. We will use this as part of our Sunday morning RE class. Each session has a selected excerpt which lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes to allow for the one-hour class format.

Website: http://shancarpublications.com/Popcorn_Theology.html

7-8-9: Owl (our Whole Lives) offered afternoons in the Fall through LIAC

7-8-9: COA (Coming of Age) offered afternoons in the spring through LIAC

Ninth-Twelfth Grades: Senior High Youth
Youth Group Leaders: Linda Cortese, Gretta Johnson-Sally, Harlan Loveless and Melissa Elliott, Ted Masters with other UUFSB helpers

In these groups, young people meet and discuss topics ranging from current issues in Unitarian Universalism and other religions, to their spirituality. The Youth Group, which meets on Sundays twice a month from 5-7pm, has a youth worship and business meeting. They plan activities and social action projects within our Fellowship as well as in the community. Many youth also attend Metro NY CONs to spend time with other Unitarian Universalist Youth.

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UUCONNECT is a Long Island wide group of Unitarian Universalist families. Events are planned monthly throughout Long Island. In the past, these events have included: an apple-picking afternoon, a skating party, a Talent Show and Pasta Night, Picnics at Jones Beach and Eisenhower Park and an annual trip to New York City. Parents are required to attend with younger children. Senior High youth may attend on their own with parental permission. It is an excellent opportunity for our children and youth to meet other Unitarian Universalists.