Seeking fair, friendly, firm, flexible, and fun teacher!

Sunday Morning Teacher Wanted!

Beginning June 2 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley in Norwich, VT:

On Sundays from 9:45 to 12:45, I would like to hire an adult to lead a multi-age group of kids with assistance from a volunteer. Check out the program here.

• Follow a curriculum of gathering, opening circle, & activities. At about 11:25, the children will clean up and have closing circle with you – thereafter, it’s an hour of child care for those parents who have church meetings and responsibilities, then 15 minutes of cleanup.

• Provide safety & supervision in our beautiful Meetinghouse and grounds.

• Feel open to the religious part – for children it’s all about being kind to one another and to the Earth and observing simple ritual opening and closing. Unitarian Universalists believe with all our hearts that every free faith in the world has wisdom to share – including the wisdoms of science, Islam, atheism, neopaganism, Zoroastrianism, poetry, Christianity, indigenous faiths, Anansi stories, Buddhism, Judaism, …

• The summer program is a one-room schoolhouse caring for every age from tiny through middle school – and a very small number of children are expected each week. If you want this as only a summer job, that’s OK! Beginning in September, the position is cheerfully expandable to focus on the teacher’s best age group to work with – we run three or four different age-groups during the school year.

• Training & troubleshooting provided by the program director. There is also a chocolate stash.

This opportunity is great for someone ready to establish their credentials, try out teaching, and to meet thoughtful families who often need child care. It’s also ideal for the active person who loves stories and adventures, but perhaps your own grandchildren are far away and you just need some Young People time.

The ideal candidate is at least 18 years old, holds some kind of safety training and awareness (such as First Aid/CPR, Lifeguarding, or Babysitting certification), and must pass a background check for safety working with children. The ideal candidate will be a great role model of speaking truth with kindness, living authentically in a way that honors the Earth, and genuinely supporting our diverse kids from diverse families. They will have experience with kids, will enjoy exploring outdoors, will be able to invent games on the spot, will know that letting kids figure out their values is of tantamount importance.

I can’t wait to meet our new teacher! Reach me at education@uucuv.org.

Sparrow F. Alden, Credentialed Religious Educator

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley

http://uucuv.org/category/religious-education-news/

June 2: Spiritual Co-conspirators Continued: The Beauty of Our Religious Community

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

Our theme for June is Beauty.

Matthew Fox paraphrasing Ernesto Cardenal says:

We can argue about the reason for the universe and the meaning of the universe but not about the beauty of the universe….We all share beauty. It strikes us indiscriminately. It may be when our child was born into this world; or a simple flower; or a song; or a smile on a face; or a great act of courage; or a dance well done; or a child’s laugh; or a loaf of bread baking; or finding a worthy job; or a snowfall; or when drawn to the Source of Life itself. There is no end to beauty for the person who is aware.


May 26: Holy Curiosity

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

Our theme for May is Curiosity.

We can lean into worry’s opposite – curiosity. As Rabbi Marcia Prager teaches, where worry says, “oh no, what is going to happen?” curiosity says “oh wow! I wonder what will happen!”~Rev. Kimberley Debus

How can our curiosity guide our spiritual life? Let’s keep asking questions.

May 19: We May Forget but the Sacred Remains

10 AM Guest minister Rev Riley Sophia and Rev Jan Hutslar will weave words and music together in dedication to the sacred practices and objects that we can return to again and again.


Installation Service Gathering at 4:45 pm     

This service will ritually install Rev Jan Hutslar as UUCUV’s called minister, with music, words and ceremony. Local and not-so-local ministers will be here to lend their sacred work to this ritual of commitment to UUCUV and Jan’s shared journey together. All are Welcome. Delicious reception to follow.

May 12: The Earth is Our Mother

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

Rev Jan will explore the ideas of earth as nurturer, and about balance, yin and yang, and the interesting thing about language.

Our theme for May is Curiosity.

We can lean into worry’s opposite – curiosity. As Rabbi Marcia Prager teaches, where worry says, “oh no, what is going to happen?” curiosity says “oh wow! I wonder what will happen!”~Rev. Kimberley Debus

How can our curiosity guide our spiritual life? Let’s keep asking questions.

May 5: Vulnerability: A Powerful Tool for Social Engagement

10 AM

Our guest speaker on May 5 is Pati Hernandez.  She is a mother, an activist, dancer, puppeteer, and a Dartmouth College adjunct professor. Originally from Chile, she immigrated to North America in 1983. Her professional focus is the exploration of political and social problems through the arts. She is the creator and facilitator of Telling My Story, a program she developed in correctional facilities and rehab centers in Vermont since 1999. One venue of the program is the classes she has developed at Dartmouth College since 2005.  The film, Its Criminal is one result of those classes.  That film will be shown at UUCUV this Friday at 7:30 PM.  


This Sunday will be a Shared Plate collection to support the organization Telling My Story, a non-profit that aims to break down walls between socially isolated individuals and their communities through collaborative creative engagement using theater and other arts. Its programs develop self-awareness and communication skills with populations behind visible and invisible social walls such as those created by incarceration, addiction and poverty. Through writing and performing, people behind walls are empowered to reclaim their own voices and strengths.