By Sara Burlingame, Director of Religious Education

Was it light?

Was it light within?

Was it light within light?

Stillness becoming alive,

Yet still?

A lively understandable spirit

Once entertained you.

It will come again.

Be still.

Wait.

~ Roethke, The Lost Son

So much light to be thankful for as we head into the Equinox. We have new teachers in RE, Emily Smith, Gene Heater, Sarah Erdman, Audri Mata, Teresa Martinez and Karin Skinner.

Our primary classroom (k-2nd grade) is using the Wonderful Welcome curriculum: “Wonderful Welcome engages and challenges leaders and children alike to explore how and why we are willing to welcome others into our lives. We welcome not only strangers, but family, our peers, our neighbors and even entities that are not people such as our animal friends and nature itself.”

Elementary (3rd-5th) is using the Toolbox of Faith curriculum: “this curriculum asks, what tools does Unitarian Universalism offer for the challenges of life? Children discover what aspects of UU faith are helpful to them, developing their own toolbox of faith.”

Jr. High (6th-9th) is using the Amazing Grace Curriculum: “Its purpose is to equip them for moving safely and productively through the middle- and high school years, when they will be continually tugged toward both ends of the ethics continuum. Through their involvement in Amazing Grace, youth will come to recognize and depend on their Unitarian Universalist identity and resources as essential to their movement toward understanding, independence, and fulfillment of personal promise.

Sr. High (10th-12th) is using Heeding the Call: “Heeding the Call is a social justice curriculum that not only explores linked oppressions in our society, but also encourages participants towards personal growth in values that counteract the marginalization of others. Workshops on empathy, courage, abundance, joy, and other qualities ask participants to recognize how these standards can be tools for justice. Additionally, the program includes more concrete tools, such as suggestions on how to be a good ally and tips on the language of conflict resolution. True stories of courage, sacrifice and collaboration, role-plays, games, and a program-long justice project will feed youth’s rising realization that as people of faith we are all called to love justice—not just with our words, but also with our deeds.”

Anyone interested in helping with our Harvest Carnival, please join us after church on Sunday, October 6, in the Rainbow Discovery Room. We’d love to have you involved whether it’s your first time volunteering or you’re an old hand.

Also on Sunday, October 6, we will be welcoming new children into the church as part of the service. Please see Sara or Rev. Audette if you would like your child to participate or have any questions. I am a huge fan of this ceremony and always find it incredibly moving to watch our children embraced and welcomed by their church family. It’s also a lovely reminder of our great commitment to all of our children; I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!