Religious Exploration for Children and Youth 2020-2021

Religious Exploration for Children and Youth

In addition to the sessions described below, this R.E. year will be punctuated by multi-generational services and youth-led youth-led opportunities. Our R.E. focus this year will be on developmentally appropriate work toward anti-racism, exploring white privilege, and de-centering whiteness.

 
Primary (pre-kindergarten through grade 23

Children in this age group will explore through stories, reflections, and simple crafts. Our Zoom session is on Sunday mornings, ahead of service, from 9:30-10:00.


Intermediate (grades 4 to 8)

Youth in this group will participate in book discussions and activities, alternating action and reflection. Titles to be used are "This Book is Anti-Racist" by Tiffany Jewell and "The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander.


Senior Youth (grades 9 to 12) and Young Adults (~18-24 years) (alternating Sundays)

This year, the work of our older youth will also be focused on book discussions and reflections intended to spur action. Titles include "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo and "Felix Ever After" by Kacen Callender. 


Adult Religious Exploration
Touchstones Discussion Group
On the third Sunday each month, we will offer a discussion group based on the monthly worship theme. Please join us from 11:45-12:30. Zoom meeting information is available in the Firday Fellowship e-news.

Spirit Snacks
Spirit Snacks is a program which invovles a brief reading or viewing of material focusing on anti-racism and examining white privilege, followed by reflection and discussion. Two (different) sessions per month on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7:30-8 pm. Zoom meeting information is available in the Friday Fellowship e-news.

Congregational Reads 
Join us for bi-monthly discussions on the first and third Fridays from 7-8 pm beginning in October. We'll alternate our discussions between two titles: "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race" by Beverly Daniel Tatum (week 1) and "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates (week 3). You may commit to one or both books, and if you are in need of help obtaining them, please reach out to Angela Konin, DRE (dre@uuflb.org). 

Movie Discussions
Watch the selected movie of the month at your leisure at anytime during the month (all titles are available on Netflix as of Sept. 2020), and join a lively discussion about it on the 4th Saturday of the month from 7-8 pm. So that parents and caregivers may participate (relatively) distraction-free, a G- or PG-rated family movie will be shown via Zoom or Netflix party with the children beginning at 6:30.

For all Ages
Multi-generational Worship
On selected Sundays through the year, our Religious Exploration classes will remain in regular worship with the entire congregation, to participate in planned multi-generational services. These are not "days off" from Religious Exploration; rather, they are an intentionally planned part of the total program, intended to provide the opportunity to meaningfully engage in the wider Fellowship community, enabling the entire group to grow in their identity as Unitarian Universalists.