Message from our Director of Religious Education, Jaye Williams
Connie Goodbread, UUA staff member serving the Southern Region on the Congregational Life Staff Team, , led a UUCOV-hosted “Teaching As Relationship” workshop for DREs and those involved in all aspects of religious education. Congregants and leaders from around the state participated. It was a powerful and thought provoking day.
From Connie, we learned the Mantra of the Southern Region
Faith Development is all we do.
Unitarian Universalism is the faith we teach.
The congregation is the curriculum.
Over the summer, I will share various sources and ideas Connie presented as it relates to RE learning and teaching; among them is James Fowler's Stages of Faith. Here are the summary descriptive words for each, but I encourage you to explore these stages online to better understand them.
Stage 0 - (birth to 2 yrs.) Love and Trust
Stage 1 - (ages 3-7) Trusting and Loving
Stage 2 - (7-12, mostly) Truth
Stage 3 - (12-adulthood) Proof of Truth
Stage 4 - (mid-20's-late 30's) My Own Truth
Stage 5 - (mid-life crisis) Truth is a Difficult Concept
Stage 6 - All Truth is One Truth
How many of these stages have you already moved through ? How might our RE programming for all age levels support faith development?
From Our Director of Lifespan Religious Education
I am in awe at the amazing ambassadors our children are for what UUCOV stands for. They created a loving and welcoming space for our Family Promise children in November. Set your eyes a bit lower as you enter for our Sunday service, as you might be fortunate enough to be welcomed and handed the order of service by a young person who is changing our world.
The Sunday Adult RE (11:00 in Asta Linder House) is meeting with great success! So much so, that Bonnie Norton is providing a second "airing" of the program with discussion following on Tuesdays at 1:00.
We are beginning to build our Lifespan RE programming to take us through May. I want to hear from you regarding ideas, interests and needs for our Lifespan RE program. -- Jaye Williams, Director of Lifespan Religious Education, or 941-587-2981.