Lifespan Religious Education

Lifespan Religious Education

The  Lifespan Religious Education (LRE) Ministry formulates overall Lifespan Learning goals and objectives with input of the Director of Religious  Education (DRE), the congregation and the two working groups:  


  • Adult RE (ARE) Team: Classes for Adults and Older Youth 
  • Children and Youth RE (CYRE) Team:  Classes and programming for children and youth. Click here to register for 2017-2018.

NURSERY

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. The nursery is attended by carers from 8:45 - 11:15 AM on Sunday mornings. 

Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

Children and Youth Religious Education is under the guidance of Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth, Andrea Purdy Heier. 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

Adult Education

Adult Education takes place during First Hour on Sunday mornings. First Hour provides  a lively interactive way for us to come together to build community and  further explore our faith and values in a smaller group setting. 


First Hour begins at 9:00 AM before Worship Service  at 10:00 AM. Activities will be led by our Minister,  Director of RE, Music Director, Adult Education Committee, and members  of the congregation.  We are interested in having offerings from other  lay leaders and congregation members as well. All members, friends, visitors and prospective members are invited to attend, and many  offerings will be suitable for the UUCM youth as well!  For more  information please contact Susan Goll


SCHEDULE

 

Sunday, November 26th

NO FIRST HOUR THIS WEEK


Sunday, December 3rd

Social Justice Launch - What's Next? Facilitated by John Ziegenhagen 


Sunday, December 10th

Class on Covenant

Facilitated by Rev Kent Saleska.



Spiritual Journey Groups

Spiritual Journey/ Soul Matters Groups

for Fall 2017!
Soul  Matters groups offer UUCM members and friends Adult Spiritual  development and the opportunity to connect with each other and with our  deepest selves in small groups of 6 to 10 people led by a facilitator.  Each group meets for 90 minutes every other week, a total of 6 times  between September and December, to explore the monthly worship theme.

Thus, each month we consider the question “What does it mean to be a community of ….."

Welcome - September
Courage - October
Abundance - November
Promise - December

These  worship themes are studied in depth through provided readings,  inspirational quotes, questions and practices to help people experience  the theme. 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. 

Beloved Conversations

 Friday, January 19th 2018 

Saturday, January 20th 2018

+ 8 classes


Mark your calendars for the next Beloved Conversations course! 

Space is limited, so be on the lookout for the signup. We’ve had 27 members complete the training thus far! More info to come. The retreat will be held on Friday night January 19th and all day Saturday, January 20th 2018  with 8 classes to follow. To learn about the Beloved Conversations curriculum, visit: http://www.meadville.edu/beloved