Happy Spring! With this new season, the end of the church year is beginning to creep into view, which leads me to thoughts of next year. While our new Harry & UU curriculum has been fun and educational (a rare combination!), it is causing me some anxiety in selecting next year’s curriculum because it will certainly be hard to top. At our most recent RE meeting, we discussed several options that might hold their own against Harry, and I will make a final decision in the next few weeks. At this time, the plan is to keep all of the children together in a “one room schoolhouse,” multigenerational setting as we’re all loving the in-depth discussion and cooperative learning that has regularly been taking place in our new, larger space.
As part of my continuing education plan, I will be attending Regional Assembly at the end of the month. I have registered for the following workshops as I felt they would be most helpful in my position: Adult Faith Development: Enhancing Spiritual Growth (led by Nancy Combs-Morgan and Rev. Philip Lund) and Resilient Youth (led by Jill Schwendeman and youth from the White Bear UU). I have also recently purchased several titles from the RE Credentialing booklist in order to expand my thinking about what RE can be and to learn from the work already done by others. I’d like to thank the Board, and entire congregation, for generously providing the funds necessary to support my learning and growth as DRE.
On March 19th, April Anderson, Marti R, and I attended the annual Teacher’s Café, which was held at Unity Unitarian this year. Our topic for the session was “Teaching As Spiritual Practice,” and was led by Dr. Mark Hicks, who is the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School and Director of the Fahs Collaborative. We all came away from the event feeling like it was extremely beneficial to connect with so many others who also feel strongly about the value of RE, and were inspired to find ways to implement ideas from the discussion to improve our program at MSUS.
The annual Beacon Interfaith Housing Night on the Street will take place at Plymouth Congregational Church on April 15th & 16th. Allison C and Hailey S are both registered from our congregation, along with one of Hailey’s friends from school. Steve S and I will be chaperoning our students and I am looking forward to being a part of the experience for the first time!