February, 2017, CYRE newsletter

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar (including OWL K-1 and 4-6)
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Valentine’s Day goody bags for Stevenson House
4. Storytelling program for adults and kids Sun., Feb. 12
5. OWL gr. 7-9 parent discussion moved
6. Spring Project: Ecology Experiments

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Feb. 5:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6

Sun., Feb. 12:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch
12:30 p.m.: Storytelling program (see below)

Sun., Feb. 19:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
(No OWL K-1 and 4-6)

Sun., Feb. 26:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Feb. 5:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Feb. 12:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., Feb. 19:
(No Coming of Age)
(No OWL gr. 7-9)
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Feb. 26:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: OWL parent discussion group (see below)
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

We have over fifty children and teens enrolled in our OWL comprehensive sexuality education programs right now, at four different age levels: gr. K-1, gr. 4-6 (puberty), gr. 7-9 (early adolescence), and gr. 10-12 (adolescence). Close to half of those enrolled are not part of UUCPA, testifying to the high reputation of our OWL curriculum. We offer all our OWL courses at no charge so that all families, regardless of income, can enroll their children. This makes OWL one of our more significant social justice programs.

While OWL might be the most noticeable religious education program we offer, our other religious education programs are of equally high quality. In the elementary grades, we provide basic religious literacy through an introduction to Western and non-Western religious narratives. Navigators provides a traditional scouting experience without restricting access due to gender identity, sexual orientation, or belief in a deity (one child calls it “Everybody Scouts”). Our Neighboring Faith Communities course helps middle schoolers gain intercultural competency, while our Ecojustice class introduces the same age group to hands-on environmental justice. Our well-respected Coming of Age course for grades 8-9 gives participants an opportunity to reflect deeply on self-identity. And we have a diversity of opportunities for high school youth, including leadership opportunities, service projects, and a youth group.

Nor do we rest on our successes. The Children and Youth Religious Education Committee has convened a curriculum subcommittee to review all our course offerings. We are constantly developing new curriculum materials, some of which are beginning to be used by other congregations. We are constantly innovating and improving. We care about kids, and we care about education.

And now a word from our sponsor: UUCPA is currently in the middle of its annual fundraising drive. You should receive your fundraising letter in the next week or so. And everyone at UUCPA — especially the kids who benefit from our excellent programs — would appreciate you making a generous pledge of financial support.

See you soon,
Dan Harper

P.S. I was down with bronchitis for two weeks. If I haven’t answered your email or phone call, try me again — I’ll get to you as soon as I can.

3. Valentine’s Day goody bags for Stevenson House

On Sun., Feb. 12, you can help make and distribute Valentine’s Day goody bags to our neighbors at Stevenson House, the affordable senior housing complex next door to UUCPA. Please contact Edie Keating if you’d like to help out.

4. Storytelling program for adults and kids Sun., Feb. 12

Love, legends, myths and masks. Storytelling for all ages on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 12:30-2 p.m. (right after 2nd Sunday Lunch)! Professional storyteller Elaine Muray integrates movement, narration and costume elements, engaging her audience for an interactive hour like you’ve never experienced at UUCPA. In this highly theatrical program, adults and kids alike will see and hear art in action. Discover why storytelling events are sprouting up around Bay Area and the nation.

Elaine Muray has studied with some of the greats in physical theater including the late Tony Montanaro and Paata Tsikurishvili (artistic director of Washington, DC’s highly acclaimed Synetic Theater). She has performed at the Australian Storytelling Festival, Northlands Storytelling Conference, and in 2008 was chosen by her then Pacific peers to represent the five-state region at the National Storytelling Network’s All Regions Concert. Last year, she did a 65-school tour to private English immersion schools in Colombia. A former California resident, Elaine now lives in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

5. OWL gr. 7-9 parent discussion moved

The parent discussion will meet on Sun., Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Led by Dan Harper and Kevin Bourillion, this is a chance to talk over the book “Breaking the Hush Factor: Ten Rules for Talking with Teenagers about Sex,” by Dr. Karen Rayne. If you don’t have a copy of the book yet, please let us know so we can have one for you at the discussion group.

6. Spring Project: Ecology Experiments

The CYRE Committee is introducing a new Spring Project — Ecology Experiments! From March 26 through May 7, we’ll be offering fun ecology-centered activities for elementary aged kids. Projects may include ecology-oriented crafts, quilting, games, cooking, etc. There will be fun ecology-oriented skits and environmental songs to sing. Kids like coming to the Spring Project, whatever the theme, because they get to choose the fun activities they prefer, and they get to be with other kids of different ages.

Want to help lead an activity in Ecology Experiments? It’s fun and easy. You prepare one project, and lead the same project each week for 4-5 weeks (depending on your availability). We have the following projects already prepared for you to use:

— a variety of ecology crafts for kids
— organic baking and/or cooking
— making a terrarium
— playing ecology board games (Wildcraft, Eco-opoly, and/or Eco-Fluxx)
— making mini-biospheres (but you’ll have to find a source for amphipods)

Please contact Dan Harper if you’d like to help!

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