Lifespan Religious Education

Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

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Registration for 2019-20 Religious Education is now underway. Please click here to learn more and complete your registration.


The Religious Education Program for Children and Youth is one facet of the Lifespan Religious Education Ministry whose mission is: "to be a catalyst and support for spiritual growth, transformation and progressive change within our congregation and the wider community". The mission of the CYRE program is to journey with families in their Unitarian Universalist faith formation by inspiring open minds, loving hearts and helping hands.

UUCM CYRE Vision Statement:
The UUCM children and youth religious education team envisions a program that: 

Is a thriving, stimulating program integrated into church life.  

  • Provides a loving community for children and youth in which they can feel a sense of connection and belonging
  • Helps children and youth become aware of the needs of the larger community and respond through social action  
  • Supports families in developing meaningful family traditions and in cultivating a grounded spirituality 
  • Explores  our rich Unitarian Universalist heritage/history and provides our  children and youth with firm foundations in our UU Principles and  Sources

CHILD CARE

Our  youngest are learners too!

While these children receive safe comfort and care during the 10:00 am worship service, they will also begin learning some early group skills and simple Unitarian Universalist rituals as they grow. Child care is provided from 9:45 - 11:15am on Sunday mornings, as well as for the “Path to Membership” classes usually held on the second Sunday of the month at 11:15am. Other congregational activities often provide child care as well. See the specific activity to know for sure, or contact dre@uucmtka.org.

Beloved Conversations

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*Updated 8/9/2019*

We're excited to bring back Beloved Conversations again this winter. Around 40 members have already gone through this immersive small-group curriculum for exploring race/ethnicity in our lives and in the life of this congregation. It is a meaningful and deep experience as we work to interrupt racism and dig into how racial truths shape our ways of being with each other. The curriculum also supports the different learning and participation needs of people of color and white congregants. 

This may be the last offering of this program for a while. If you've been on the fence or would like to take it again (which we encourage!), don't miss out. We will begin in September with an opening retreat (Friday night and all day Saturday) followed by 8 weekly 2-hour sessions on Sunday afternoons. Exact dates and registration will be available soon. Please contact Terri if you're interested.


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Beloved Conversations is a small-group curriculum for exploring the role of race/ethnicity in our lives. It’s a time for compassion, grace, risk-taking, vulnerability, and the healing joy when cross-racial relationships are reconciled. Not only does it offer opportunities for individual change for people who are white, but it provides organizational support for institutional change and faith formation resources explicitly for people of color. This curriculum has been used by nearly 150 UU congregations across the country since it launched 5 years ago.


Topics:

* Deep Check-in: Making Sense of the Retreat; the Invisible Footprint of Racial/Ethnic History
* Exploring Our Dynamic of Racism and Privilege
* Racism Today: Micro-Aggressions
* Interrupting Racism
* Community Audit: The Experience of Race and Ethnicity in Your Community
* Power and Process: How Institutional Change Happens in Our Congregations
* Prophetic Vision: Towards a Multicultural Congregation in Solidarity with the World
* Building the Bridge Between Our Present and Our Future

Learn more at the Fahs Collaborative.


Beloved Conversations opens with a day-and-a-half-long learning laboratory in the form of a deep immersive “Retreat.” The Retreat explicitly models the learning style and spirit of the curriculum and encourages participants to go deep quickly. Following the retreat, cohorts will meet for eight 2-hour sessions.


If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Terri, revterri@uucmtka.org.

Soul Matters/Spiritual Journey Groups

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Check back for future enrollment opportunities. 

 

Soul Matters groups offer UUCM members and friends adult spiritual development and the opportunity to connect with each other and with our deepest selves. We gather in small groups of 6 to 10 people with  a facilitator. Each group meets for 90 minutes every other week for a total of 6 sessions.


Our monthly worship themes are studied deeply through readings, inspirational quotes, questions and practices. Participants receive a resource packet each month with background information, questions for discussion and contemplation, spiritual exercises, wise words and other suggested resources.


In each meeting, we share what it was like to “live with” the exercises and the questions as we share where the topic took us, and hear the experience of others. This sharing is at the heart of the Soul Matters program and our experience is further deepened by the group’s sharing.


Newcomers and friends are especially welcome! Please contact Rev. Terri with any questions.