May’s theme of embodiment really connects with a lot of what’s happening in religious education this month. On Sunday, May 7th, we will be having our Coming of Age service and have the opportunity to hear our six youth, Allison, Andi, Hailey, Helena, Isabella, and Zachary, talk to us about their Unitarian Universalist faith and how they incorporate it into their lives. I would like to congratulate and thank them for all of the thought and effort they’ve put in during this church year to arrive at their finished piece. I’d also like to thank Chad S and Amy L for leading Coming of Age again this year, as well as the mentors who have really taken a lot of their time to support and connect with the youth in the program. They are: Brock R, Doug R, Jamie H, Linda S, and Merle D.
Since we have a rather sizable cohort who will soon be eligible for Coming of Age, along with several younger siblings of COA participants, there will NOT be a separate RE class on Sunday, May 7th. I think it is vital that all of the children have the opportunity to see, hear, and participate in this celebration, and hope that they are inspired by the experience to start thinking about what they believe, and why, as well as how it influences them when they’re away from MSUS.
The Body Brave Workshop, also happening on Sunday, May 7th from 12:30 – 2:30 PM, is an embodiment of our first and third principles. I’d also highly encourage that those aged 15+ consider attending that event as well.
On Sunday, May 28th, there will be no regular RE class or childcare since we will all be together at Springbrook Nature Center, an event which works to embody our seventh principle. After this service, we will be moving to our summer RE schedule, with class being held upstairs during the single Sunday service at 10 AM.
Between June 1st and September 4th, children and youth will have the opportunity to earn a “Love & Help” emblem and certificate. We will be working together on Sunday mornings during the summer using the second edition of the “Love and Help” workbook, written by Gail Forsyth-Vail, and published by the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Faith Development Office. This workbook is designed to give children a way to better understand what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist, information about our principles, sources, and symbols, as well as a clearer picture of how our specific community at MSUS works. If you would like to look through the workbook, or have questions, please stop by the RE Office or email the DRE. A complete summer RE schedule will be published soon, so look for that in the next few weeks!