September, 2017, CYRE newsletter

September, 2017, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Safety training for teachers and youth advisors
4. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) schedule set for the year
5. OWL for gr. 4/6 coming soon

 

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Sept. 3:
No Sunday school, holiday weekend
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing

Sun., Sept. 10:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Safety training for teachers and advisors
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Sept. 17:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Safety training for teachers and advisors

Sun., Sept. 24:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL 4/6 parent orientation

Sat., Sept. 30:
8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.: UU religious education conference, First Unitarian of Oakland

 

1b. Youth calendar
SHYG (Senior High Youth Group), CoA (Coming of Age), and OWL 7-9

Sun., Sept. 3:
No youth programs, holiday weekend

Sat., Sept. 9:
6-10 p.m.: CoA group #1 makes dinner for Hotel de Zink

Sun., Sept. 10:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG, plan menu for Hotel de Zink

Sat., Sept. 16:
6-10 p.m.: SHYG makes dinner for Hotel de Zink

Sun., Sept. 17:
No youth programs

Sat., Sept. 23:
6-10 p.m.: CoA group #2 makes dinner for Hotel de Zink

Sun., Sept. 24:
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

 

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month, September through May. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

This is my last newsletter column before I start my sabbatical on October 1, and the most important thing I have to tell you is this:– You should attend the “Pot of Gold” UU Religious Education Conference” on SAt., Sept. 30.

The keynote speaker is going to be Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed, and Unitarian Universalist minister and scholar. If you heard Mark speak here at UUCPA a few years ago, you know he is a dynamic and thought-provoking speaker. And his topic is timely — his keynote address, titled “The Ignored, the Naive, and the Innocent,” will talk about the different ways racism and white supremacy impact all of our children, with special emphasis on what we can do in our UU religious education programs.

Following his keynote address, Mark will lead an interactive workshop on the same topic. Then, after lunch, there will be more workshops, including a workshop given by Greg Boyd, a scholar, educator, and member of the UUA Board, who will be preaching at UUCPA the next day. (There will also be a workshop by our own Kris Geering!)

Whether you’re a parent, a Sunday school teacher, a youth advisor, or just someone who cares about the young people in our congregation, this conference will be worth your time. Even if you just stay for Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed’s keynote address and workshop, it will be worth your time. If you volunteer in any way at UUCPA, the congregation will pay your registration fee (just let me know when you register).

This is also my last chance to see you before I take my five month sabbatical — I’m chairing the conference, then going on sabbatical. So for selfish reasons, I hope you attend, so I can say hi! More information about the conference, and a link to online registration, are here:
https://pcdlreda.wordpress.com/pot-of-gold-2/

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. Safety training for teachers and youth advisors

All volunteers who work with people under age 18 must attend an annual safety training. This training takes less than an hour and reviews emergency evacuations, child protection, earthquakes, and more. There will be two safety trainings this month, on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m., and Sunday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m., in Room B (Dan’s office).

 

4. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) schedule set for the year

The Senior High Youth Group has set its schedule for the year. The schedule includes regular service projects, so youth can get community service hours, the annual SHYG worship service, and other fun and interesting activities.

If your family has a teenager, and you did not receive a SHYG schedule, please contact one of the youth advisors, Robert Neff or Carol Steinfeld.

 

5. OWL for gr. 4/6 coming soon

UUCPA will be offering the OWL comprehensive sexuality education unit for grades 4 through 6 from January through March, 2018. If you have registered your child for Sunday school, you will receive information about this program. If you have friends who might be interested in this program for their children, please have them send their contact information to Alyssa Erickson or Amy Finch.

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