UUCPA RE newsletter: September, 2016

Contents:

1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. OWL gr. 10-12 offered this year
4. “Pot of Gold” religious education conference at UUCPA

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Sept. 4:
No Sunday school due to Labor Day; child care available
10:30: Community singing on the patio

Sun., Sept. 11:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Sept. 18:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12 noon: Youth advisor meeting

Sun., Sept. 25:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 Fourth Sunday brunch

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Sept. 4:
No programs due to Labor Day

Sat., Sept. 10:
SHYG members cook dinner for Hotel de Zink, contact Dan Harper for information

Sun., Sept. 11:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: Parent meeting for OWL gr. 10-12

Sat., Sept. 18:
SHYG members cook dinner for Hotel de Zink, contact Dan Harper for information

Sun., Sept. 18:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sat., Sept. 25:
Coming of Age group cooks dinner for Hotel de Zink

Sun., Sept. 25:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

1c. Navigators

Navigators are starting up again! Contact Ed Vail for info, or see their TeamSnap page.

 

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

We’re in the middle of a six month sabbatical by Amy Zucker Morgenstern, our senior minister. How is the sabbatical going?

First, I have to apologize because I’ve fallen a little behind in email and routine administrative tasks. With Amy on sabbatical, a little extra work winds up on my desk; not much, but just enough to make me fall behind during the busy start-up season for Sunday school. Our half time sabbatical minister, Mary Ganz, is doing more than her share. As Sunday school and youth programs get underway, I’ll be able to clear up my own backlog.

Now, back to the question of how the sabbatical year is going: From what I can see, it is going very well indeed. While Amy’s sermons are missed, many of us are interested to hear the different perspectives provided by Mary and the various guest preachers. And though Amy’s leadership is missed, the Board of Trustees and other lay leaders are providing excellent leadership. If we continue in this way, I think we’ll find that our congregation’s horizons have been widened by this sabbatical year.

Although I’m not in touch with Amy while she’s on sabbatical, I assume her sabbatical is also widening her own horizons. Her purpose in going on sabbatical was to work on her spiritual practice of making art, while also working on her Spanish. The last time she came back from sabbatical, she returned with renewed vigor for leadership, and many people found her sermons had gained additional depth and richness. I have every expectation that we’ll see this happen once again.

In the mean time, Mary and I will continue providing ministry, the lay leader will continue providing strong leadership — and I promise to catch up with my email within a couple of weeks!

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. OWL gr. 10-12 offered this year:

We will offer the gr. 10-12 unit of the OWL comprehensive sexuality education program in 2016-2017. To accommodate the busy schedule of busy high school students, the program will meet once a month, on the second Sunday of each month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Although we will not be able to fit in all sessions of this curriculum, we will be sure to meet the interests of the youth participants.

There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Sun., Sept. 11, at 6:30. The other dates of the course are listed below.

This program is open to the community, as well as to UUCPA families. Feel free to invite your friends.

Adult leaders will be Rev. Dan Harper, who has been supervising and teaching sexuality education programs for over two decades, and Esa Jacobi, R.N. We are also scheduling a few guests with expertise in human sexuality and relationships.

Schedule:
Sun., Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m.: Mandatory parent meeting
Sun., Oct. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sun., March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sun., April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sun., May 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
 

4. “Pot of Gold” religious education conference at UUCPA

Save the date!

On Saturday, Oct. 1, 9-3:30: Pot of Gold, the Pacific Central District religious education workshop, will be held at UUCPA. This annual conference has hands-on workshops for Sunday school teachers, youth advisors, and RE committee members. Plus the keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark Hicks, the Angus Maclean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School, one of our UU graduate theological schools.

Dr. Hicks’ address is entitled “Teaching As Spiritual Practice.” His presentation aims to help teachers see themselves as capable of opening up spiritual spaces for their children and youth. A workshop will follow the keynote in which Dr. Hicks will use the notion of “teaching race/ethnicity” to children as an object lesson. Participants will get to put into practice ideas from the morning’s keynote.

UUCPA will pay the registration fee for anyone volunteering in our children and youth programs. For more about this conference, including a list of workshops, please see the conference Web site:
https://pcdlreda.wordpress.com/pot-of-gold/

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