CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE newsletter: November, 2013

1. November calendar
   1a. Senior High calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Parent Journey, Baby Journey
4. Family service opportunity at Stevenson House
5. OWL program for grades 7-9

1. October calendar
Sat., Nov. 2, 11:45 a.m.: Family service opportunity (see below)
Sun., Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
   11 a.m.: Baby Journey
Tues., Nov. 5, 7:15 p.m.: CYRE Committee meeting in Room B
Sun., Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
   11 a.m.: Parent Journey
   12:00 noon: Second Sunday brunch
Sun., Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
Sun., Nov. 24, 9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Thanksgiving service
   10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
Sun., Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) calendar:
Sun., Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG meeting
Sun., Nov. 24, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG meeting


2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

If you’re like many parents, you’re looking for ways to get your child or children involved in age appropriate social justice activities. We all want today’s children to learn that they are responsible for making the world a better place. In fact, a key characteristic of Unitarian Universalists is that we do not wait around for some god or goddess to take care of our problems for us — we believe that it’s up to us to take care of problems ourselves.

Over the course of the year, UUCPA provides opportunities for kids to engage in social justice activities. In September, many families cooked dinners for Hotel de Zink, the rotating homeless shelter that stays at UUCPA each September. This month, parents and children can help serve lunch at Stevenson House, our next door neighbors (see below for more information).

And later this month, we’ll be starting up our Guest at Your Table program. This project of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) helps kids (and adults) raise their awareness of kids of the social justice work we Unitarian Universalists fund around the world. And kids have a chance to contribute financially to the UUSC — your family can get a Guest at Your Table box to put on your dinner table between Thanksgiving and Christmas, into which each child and adult can place a little bit of money at each meal.

These and other social justice activities are opportunities for us adults to show kids that doing social justice makes you feel good. These are also opportunities for us to teach kids a key Unitarian Universalist value: that it’s up to us to make the world a better place.


3. Parent Journey, Baby Journey

Want a place to talk with other parents about topics of mutual interest? Parent Journey meets on the second Sunday of each month, and all parents are invited to attend. And now there’s Baby Journey, for parents of infants and toddlers, which meets on the first Sunday of each month. Both these groups are great places to meet other parents!


4. Family service opportunity

You and your children can help serve lunch at Stevenson House, the federally-subsidized elder housing complex next door to UUCPA. Stevenson House only provides meals on weekdays, so congregations in the area have gotten together to serve meals every Saturday. UUCPA will be serving lunch this Saturday, November 2. We already have people signed up to prepare the meal, and now we need friendly children and adults to serve the meal.

Anyone age 5 and up may help serve meals. We also need greeters to welcome people in the dining room, and go around and chat — greeters can be babies on up (though infants and toddlers should bring a parent to carry them around). You can email Edie Keating know if you plan to come and help serve lunch, or just show up!

Park in the UUCPA parking lot at 11:30, walk over the bridge across the creek to Stevenson House, and follow the path to the main building where you’ll easily find the kitchen.

If you can’t make it November 2, plan ahead for upcoming Stevenson House lunches! Watch this newsletter for 2014 dates.


5. Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education program for grades 7-9

This winter and spring, UUCP A will offer Our Whole Lives (OWL): Sexuality Education for grades 7-9. The program will be offered on Sunday evenings and several Saturday afternoons. Offering OWL classes at night allows families the option of attending both the CRE program on Sunday mornings and the OWL program on Sunday evenings. Due to the extensive material covered for this age, the weekend sessions have been incorporated into the schedule in order to complete the curriculum by May.

You can find full information about the program, including a parent letter, full schedule, and permission forms, online here.