UUCPA RE newsletter: October, 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 for gr. K-1 and gr. 4-6
4. OWL for gr. 7-9
5. Halloween Parade on Oct. 30

1a. Sunday school calendar
Sun., Oct. 2:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30: Community singing on the patio

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

Sun., Oct. 16:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Oct. 23:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 Fourth Sunday brunch

Sun., Oct. 30:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Halloween Parade

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Oct. 2:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 9:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., Oct. 16:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 23:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 30:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

1c. Navigators

Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

 

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

On Sat., oct. 1, UUCPA hosted a day-long religious education conference for Unitarian Universalist congregations in northern California. About 80 people were on our campus — Sunday school teachers, youth advisors, and paid staff — to hear Dr. Mark A. Hicks, professor of religious education at Meadville Lombard Theological School, one of our two Unitarian Universalist theological schools. Dr. Hicks showed us both how teaching can be a spiritual practice, and how race and ethnicity can inform religious education.

The next day, Dr. Hicks preached at UUCPA. Afterwards six of us from UUCPA took Dr. Hicks out to lunch. Those seven people sitting at the table had more than a quarter-century of graduate study in education between them, and several decades of actual experience as educators. As you’d expect, the wide-ranging conversation focused on education.

The most interesting point for me was that we all agreed that educating for democracy has been neglected in our country for at least fifty years. Young people have to be taught how to participate effectively in the democratic process, and if we do not teach them this skill, our democracy will suffer. Indeed, if you’re looking for a reason why we have had so many mediocre candidates in the current presidential election cycle, you need look no farther than the widespread neglect of educating for democracy.

As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm the importance of the democratic process. We help young people learn key skills that are associated with democracy: learning how to express their opinions and listen to others; learning how to speak in public; learning basic leadership skills. When they reach high school age, we encourage teens to get involved in UUCPA by signing the membership book and voting in congregational meetings; by becoming worship associates (public speaking); by joining committees (leadership skills). UUCPA fosters learning through adult mentoring, and learning by doing.

These may not be skills that will help pass a standardized test, pad a resume, or gain admittance to an Ivy League college. But if our democracy is to survive, these are critical skills for young people to learn. And a democratically-run, intergenerational community like UUCPA is the best place to learn how to do democracy.

This is one of the key reasons why you should bring your children and teens to UUCPA: so they can be part of a democratically-run organization that welcomes their participation.

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. OWL for gr. K-1 and gr. 4-6

We will offer both the gr. K-1 and the gr. 4-6 units of the OWL comprehensive sexuality education program in early 2017. For full information about the OWL program, please visit:
https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/

There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Sun., Nov. 6, at 11:00 a.m. The other dates of the courses are listed below.

This program is open to the community, as well as to UUCPA families. Feel free to invite your friends! However, please be sure to tell those families that are not currently enrolled in UUCPA’s Sunday school that both parents MUST attend the parent meeting.

Schedule for both levels, gr. K-1 and gr. 4-6:
Sun., Jan. 8, 11:00 a.m.
Sun., Jan. 22, 11:00 a.m.
Sun., Jan. 29, 11:00 a.m.
Sun., Feb. 5, 11:00 a.m.
Sun., Feb. 12, 11:00 a.m.
Sun., Feb. 26, 11:00 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 5, 11:00 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 12, 11:00 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 19, 11:00 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 26, 11:00 a.m.

Details of the schedule may change, so be sure to attend the parent meeting.

4. OWL for gr. 7-9

We will offer the gr. 7-9 unit of the OWL comprehensive sexuality education program in early 2017. For full information about the OWL program, please visit:
https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/

There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Sun., Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. The other dates of the courses are listed below.

This program is open to the community, as well as to UUCPA families. Feel free to invite your friends! However, please be sure to tell those families that are not currently enrolled in UUCPA’s Sunday school that both parents MUST attend the parent meeting.

Schedule for OWL gr. 7-9:
Sun., Jan. 22, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 29, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 5, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 12, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 19, no meeting
Sun., Feb. 26, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 5, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 12, no meeting
Sun., Mar. 19, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 26, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., April 2, no meeting
Sun., April 9, no meeting
Sun., April 16, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., April 23, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., April 30, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., May 7, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Sun., May 14, no meeting
Sun., May 21, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Details of the schedule may change, so be sure to attend the parent meeting.

5. Halloween Parade on Oct. 30

All kids are invited to wear their Halloween costume on Sunday, October 30! At 10:30, after Sunday school is over, we’ll have our annual Halloween parade. The middle school teens will serve as judges and give out an award to every costume; in the past, these somewhat silly awards have been for “Most Robotic,” “Greenest” (as in the color green), etc. Each award certificate comes with a small bag on candy.

Adults are also invited to dress in costume, though adults do not get certificates (though if you have a really good costume you might get some candy).

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