Religious Education Looking Forward – January 2013

The Religious Education department is pleased to welcome Bisa Washington as a guest presenter for our Children’s Chapel during our annual Undoing Racism day. Bisa is a teacher who has been involved with diversity and social justice work in various local independent schools and she will be presenting a program to our children around the topic of respectful curiosity with regards to perceived differences. She will lead our children in how best to voice questions when we meet someone who is different from ourselves so as to honor and respect those differences.

Our Whole Lives for 8th graders officially kicks off on January 4th with a special two-hour event featuring pizza and dessert. The students will get to know each other better with some fun and games, and will also begin the first session. All OWL students must have a signed parental permission form in order to participate in the program.

I will be meeting with the Coming of Age Parents Covenant Group on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 7:30-9:30. This small group ministry is open to any parent with a child in our COA program and offers validation and support through this wonderful yet oftentimes tumultuous time in our children’s lives.

As the month draws to an end, the RE Committee will be busy preparing for the upcoming February Focus month events and lessons geared towards this year’s theme of Spirituality and Nature. But more on that to come next month…

Welcome to a new year. I sincerely hope you were able to find some quiet, restful time amid the flurry and excitement of the holidays. It has been a tough few months for most of us, and my wish is that we can all find some peace and joy amongst the sorrowful times that have touched our hearts.

See you Sunday,

Allison Sosinsky
Religious Education Program Coordinator