Unitarian Universalist Programming for Scouts

Did you know that the UUA publishes “Love and Help” for young Scouts and “Religion in Life” for older Scouts?

Spiral Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts as well as families who are creating their own activity and values clarification experience for their children can all use these books.  Look in the UUA’s InSpirit Bookstore for these booklets, emblems, and certificates.

Cake or pillars?

As we begin organizing the children’s programming for the new academic year, will we use a layer cake approach or pillars?  Way Cool Sunday School model or Spirit Play?  Join Sparrow on Sunday for a quick review of these religious education practices and the chance to put all our ideas into one big friendly basket before Rev. Jan and Sparrow begin to chart out the year.  11:45 in the Library.

Why does religious ed not look like public school ed?  Why do some children expect play time when they get to RE?  Why do we focus on kindness, resilience, and spiritual practice?  Why do our kids say “nothing” when asked what happened in RE?

We do not yet have child care sorted, any big kids who would like to help out, please send a message to education@uucuv.org

Thank you, Religious Education Families

On June 3, the RE parents surprised me with a bookstore spree – thank you all so much.  I have indulged in a huge armful of books:

  • The White Stag
  • The Two Princesses of Bamarre
  • Fire Bringer
  • East
  • The Sight
  • Ombria in Shadow
  • The Old Straight Track
  • The King of Elfland’s Daughter: Special Edition
  • Morphology of the Folktale
  • The King’s Damosel

as well a nice handful of movie DVDs – The Hobbit, Fantastic Beasts, and A Wrinkle in Time!

On Eating Blueberries With Chopsticks

A couple of months ago, I began an experiment in changing my dietary habits.  Various parts of my life and my body were out of balance, and I longed to feel more control and mindfulness about the food I take in.

Among other things, I have chosen to limit sweet foods such as fruit, and to stick to the most nutrient-dense fruits, such as blueberries.  They’re delicious, round, and blue – I am certainly not depriving myself by choosing them foremost!

In order to slow down my intake, to eat them mindfully to feel full instead of in a gorging manner, I started eating them with chopsticks.  I’m no good with chopsticks; ask Grace sometime about The Chopstick Story from when we were courting.  Eating blueberries with chopsticks can be funny, or it can be elegant, delicate, and oh, so flavorful.

Slow down.  One at a time.  Make every bite an occasion.  Savor.

I hope to try this with moments, too.

March 11: “Let It Be A Dance: a Celebration of Belonging”

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard
“A good relationship has a pattern like a dance” wrote Anne Morrow Lindberg.  This Sunday we will welcome new individuals into the dance of membership and hear from other members about the difference this has made in their lives.

Simultaneous children’s religious education

11:30 Tea with the Board –with Lori Fortini, Judy Munger, and Mugs Johnston; Childcare provided.

11:45 RE Roundtable
Welcoming Young Families!  So many of us hope for lovely, energetic, fun new families to become part of our congregation, let’s talk about being a welcoming place.  We will address the issue of expectations of children’s behavior in public and how we respond to excited kids and stressed parents.  All welcome especially if the topic makes you uncomfortable.  We will leave with concrete small tasks to do to grow in community awareness.  Childcare provided.

A Sunday Morning Experiment

During the month of March, you will see a few changes to the service in the opening moments.  In their ongoing work to introduce the congregation to different pacings, formats, and styles of worship, they have accepted my proposal to create the service opening on four Sundays, culminating in Children’s Sunday on March 25th.

Please expect the opening fifteen minutes of worship to be quickly paced, full of hymns that are easy for young singers, and joyfully accepting of toddlers who need to wriggle their bodies.  Families with young kids will have special roles to fulfill.

We wondered whether folks who are uncomfortable with the high energy of active children might begin to be late to the services… and then realized that would be all right.  While we all recognize the value in true intergenerational interaction, nothing’s going to be lost by a one-month experiment.

I look forward to seeing you in March, my friends, Sunday mornings at 10 AM sharp.

ANNOUNCEMENT of Congregational Meeting to be held on February 11, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT of Congregational Meeting to be held on February 11, 2018

In accordance with the Bylaws of the UUCUV, the Board of Directors will hold a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Febryary 11, 2018 at 11:30 am.  This meeting is called in respponse to request form a group of members and friends who met on Social Justice issues on January 21, 2018.  The Meeting will consist of a single issue on whether we should put up the “Black Lives Matter” sign outside of the UUCUV Meeting House.

The Motion is: The Board asks that the UUCUV members approve the display of a “Black Lives matter” sign outside of the Meeting house.

We hope that everyone will be able to attend this meeting to vote.  While the UUCUV does not allow for proxy votes, if you are not able to attend, you are invited to write a note in agreement or in opposition to the Motion.  Please direct your note to the Board prior to the meeting by email or mail and the notes will be read at the meeting to have your opinion stated.

Child care will be provided.  Please contact a member of the Board if you have questions.

February 11: Love Is the Doctrine

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

If love is our doctrine, what should we be doing? Sparrow pointed out to me that three of the current priorities of this congregation — the continuation and strengthening of the Restorative Circles Group, the Right Relations team to create a new covenant of Right Relations for this congregation, and the formation of a new Social Justice Committee/Team are all ways of working to put our collective love into action. Where are we now in this work and where do we hope to go in the next few months and beyond?

Simultaneous children’s religious education

ANNOUNCEMENT of Congregational Meeting to be held on February 11, 2018

In accordance with the Bylaws of the UUCUV, the Board of Directors will hold a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Febryary 11, 2018 at 11:30 am.  This meeting is called in respponse to request form a group of members and friends who met on Social Justice issues on January 21, 2018.  The Meeting will consist of a single issue on whether we should put up the “Black Lives Matter” sign outside of the UUCUV Meeting House.

The Motion is: The Board asks that the UUCUV members approve the display of a “Black Lives matter” sign outside of the Meeting house.

We hope that everyone will be able to attend this meeting to vote.  While the UUCUV does not allow for proxy votes, if you are not able to attend, you are invited to write a note in agreement or in opposition to the Motion.  Please direct your note to the Board prior to the meeting by email or mail and the notes will be read at the meeting to have your opinion stated.

Child care will be provided.  Please contact a member of the Board if you have questions.