CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE newsletter: January, 2014


1. January calendar
1a. Senior High and OWL calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education: Homework
3. Girl Scout Unitarian Universalist awards
4. How to return Guest at Your Table boxes
5. Change in Hong Bui’s schedule

1. January calendar

Sun., Jan. 5, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
   10:30: Baby Journey
Sun., Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
   10:30 a.m.: Parent Journey
   12:00 noon: Second Sunday brunch
Sun., Jan. 19, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
Sun., Jan. 26, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
   10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) and OWL calendar:
Sat., Jan. 4: SHYG hike. Contact August for details.
Sun., Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m.: OWL class
Sun., Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG meeting
   6:30 p.m.: OWL class
Sun., Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.: OWL class
Sun., Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG meeting
   6:30 p.m.: OWL class

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

I wanted to let you know about a change in our Sunday school program for the year. We had originally planned to spend 5 weeks in the spring rehearsing a play with the Sunday school. However, I kept hearing people ask about the Peace Experiments program. So I talked with the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee, and we decided we were getting a clear message: let’s do Peace Experiments again!

Once we made that decision, we asked ourselves: How can we expand the program, and make it bigger and better this time around? We will again offer such favorite activities as “Baking for Peace,” “Noncompetitive Games,” and “Quiltmaking for Peace.” And we came up with some exciting new ideas: we talked about hands-on science and technology activities for peaceful purposes, and theatre games, and setting up a peace-oriented geocache on UUCPA’s campus, and making videos about peace, and playing noncompetitive board games. We’re working on ways to include preschoolers in the program this time. We think UUCPA kids are really going to like some of the activities we are planning.

Of course, we will keep other aspects of the program that kids (and adults) especially liked. Kids will choices between different activities each week. Instead of our usual graded classes, kids of different ages will get to do things together (which is an experiment in peace all by itself). Adult volunteers will plan one activity which they will offer several weeks running, and adults will be encouraged to lead activities they really love.

Peace Experiments will begin on March 23, 2014, and run through May 4. On May 18, we’ll have a concluding worship service on peace which children may help lead, incorporating some of the activities they will have done during Peace Experiments. If you want to be one of the adult leaders — if you want to help raise up the next generation of peacemakers — contact me!

See you soon,
Rev. Dan Harper

3. Girl Scout Unitarian Universalist awards

Girl Scouts Religion in Life Award Program:

All Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts are invited to join a UUCPA group working towards the Religion in Life Award. Working over several months, the girls will work individually and in group discussion with Reverend Dan to complete the award requirements. Completing the Religion in Life program will encourage the spiritual growth of the girls, teach them more about Unitarian Universalism and our history, and reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting. Meetings will start in January. Info: for info on the award.

My Promise, My Faith Award:

All Girl Scouts (Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador) are invited to work on their My Promise, My Faith Award. We will offer a couple of group work sessions in February, or the girls can work on their own towards the award requirements. We’re targeting completion in time to present these awards to the girls at Girl Scout Sunday on March 9th. Info: for info on the award.

Contact Ann Hepenstal ( or Dan Harper about the UUCPA activities for both these awards.

4. How to return your Guest at Your Table boxes

Many people dropped off their Guest at Your Table boxes on Dec. 22 or Christmas Eve. You can drop off your box any time — but the sooner the better!

This annual program supports Unitarian Universalist Service Committee efforts with their partner organizations across the U.S. and around the world, organizations like the Restaurant Opportunities Center which helps restaurant workers stand together for decent wages and working conditions. Convert your donation into a check payable to UUCPA with Guest at Your Table on the memo line (but returning the box itself is OK too).

Any questions? See Beth Nord or Dan Harper.

5. Change in Hong Bui’s schedule

Our long-time Religious Education Assistant, Hong Bui, has just gotten a new job as a nurse in a skilled care facility. She loves UUCPA, and wants to continue working here, which is good news for us!

However, she will not be able to work every Sunday. Hong and UUCPA have agreed to try this new schedule and see how it goes. This will mean at least two small changes in our Sunday morning routine:

a) Hong has been staffing the Religious Education Table on the patio at social hour. Very few people have been stopping at the table, so we decided that we would simply do away with it. Please let Dan Harper know if you miss the RE Table, and if enough people miss it, we’ll figure out a way to bring it back.

b) Hong has been bringing attendance books and some supplies to Sunday school classrooms. Now attendance books and all supplies will be stored in classrooms.

If you have any feedback about this change, please contact Dan Harper, Hong’s immediate supervisor, or Amy Morgenstern, head of staff.