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About barbsbantering

Barb Greve earned his Masters of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry in 2007. He currently serves as the Sabbatical Religious Educator to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Palo Alto, CA and as Co-Moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Barb recently completed a term as the Chair of the Starr King School for the Ministry’s Board of Trustees, is a founding member and served on the Steering Committee of Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together (TRUUsT), and is a founding member of the Guild of Interim Religious Educators. Barb is a past-Dean of Lifespan Religious Education Week at Star Island, has served two terms as the President of the North Atlantic Regional LREDA Chapter and served on the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregation’s Music Leadership Credentialing Committee. Barb is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. An institutionalist at heart, Barb enjoys board and committee work. A firm believer in the saving power of Unitarian Universalism, Barb yearns to share his religion with all he can. He draws much spiritual inspiration from the writings of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist thea/ologians. He also finds inspiration in science fiction (Babylon 5 being his favorite source), nature, music, movies, and the brewing of beer. Barb has served as Developmental Director of Lifespan Religious Education to the Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church (Aug 2014 - July 2017), Chaplain Intern at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA (Sept 2015 - July 2017), Consulting Interim to Unitarian Universalist Congregation: East in Manchester, CT (Aug 2014 - July 2015), Interim Director of Religious Education to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, GA, (July 2012 – June 2014), Interim Director of Lifespan Religious Education to the First Unitarian Society of Newton, MA (July 2009 – June 2012) and Interim Director of Religious Education to the Unitarian Society of New Haven, CT (August 2007 – June 2009). From September 2006 – July 2007 he served as intern minister to Arlington Street Church (Boston, MA) and Church of the Larger Fellowship, both of which are Unitarian Universalist congregations. From 1995 – 2005 Barb served as Program Associate in the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations’ Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns. In that time Barb preached and led workshops on issues of sexual orientation, gender identification, race, and ability. Barb has taught Religious Education classes for all ages and spent over 20 years advising Young Religious Unitarian Universalist youth groups. He collaborated on the creation of the UUA’s 2nd edition of the Welcoming Congregation Handbook and is co-author of Living the Welcoming Congregation. Barb is the publishing editor of Crossing Paths: Where Transgender and Religion Meet (UUA). He is also a contributing author in GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary (Alyson Press), Homosexuality & Religion: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press) and Women: Images & Realities, A Multicultural Anthology (McGraw Hill). Barb is an instructor with GOAL (Gay Officers Action League), New England. Prior to seminary, Barb was an active member of his parish in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he served two years as their Board Chair, as well as served on Ministerial Search Committee, the Social Concerns Council, Welcoming Congregation Committee, the Worship and Arts Council, and co-founded and served on their Lay Worship Leader Group. He is a godparent, a classical bassist and cribbage player. Barb is a New Englander at heart and enjoys living anywhere there is good work to do.

December, 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. OWL update

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Dec. 3:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Worship: Posadas
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing (Christmas Carols)

Sun., Dec. 10:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Dec. 17:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Dec. 24:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational worship: Christmas Pageant
6:30 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
8:00 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Sun., Dec. 31:
9:30 a.m.: No Sunday school, Child care only

Looking ahead:
Sat., Nov. 4, Annual UUCPA Auction (with Kids Auction)
Sun., Nov. 5, Daylight Savings Time ends

 

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

Sun., Dec. 3:
12:15 p.m.: Navigators
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Dec. 10:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Dec. 17:
12:15 p.m.: Navigators
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Dec. 24:
No afternoon & evening programming

Sun., Dec. 31:
No afternoon & evening programming

 

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets most 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11:00 a.m., September through May. The schedule also includes field trips and overnights, so contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

 

2. OWL update

We are offering two units of Our Whole Lives, our age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education program, in 2017-2018 — the unit for gr. 4-6, and the unit for gr. 7-9. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality as well.

OWL gr. 4-6 will be offered Sunday mornings at 11, Jan.-March, 2018, and now has 10 children enrolled. There is room for 6 more children to enroll. If you would like to enroll your child in OWL gr. 4-6, please contact the coordinator, Alyssa Erickson. More info about OWL gr. 4-6 here:
https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owlk146

OWL gr. 7-9 will offered Sunday evenings at 5, Jan.-May, 2018. There is a mandatory parent orientation in the evening on Dec. 3, 2017. We expect this class to fill to capacity this year, so to avoid being placed on a wait list be sure that all custodial parents attend the parent orientation. More info about OWL gr. 7-9 here:
https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owl79

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