Religious Education Looking Forward – December 2015

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

During this time of year, the actions of the UU universe are deliberately pretty loud, honoring the worth and dignity of the many miracles shared through rich parable and ritual of the season.  Here at UUCM while there will be few classes in session there will be many events to bring our friends and families together.

During Children’s Chapel on December 6th our K- 5th grade children will participate in celebrating Hanukkah before they go on to the craft workshop. Children and adults are welcome to make and take crafts.  There will also be caroling, soup, latkes, cookies and community.

The pageant this year, UU World, is flavored by the curiosity of innocence, not unlike Elmo’s World of Sesame Street.  This year, as Dr. O shared in his column, the congregation will be adding tree decorating to the ritual mixture.  What a wonderful way to reinforce the anticipation of hope and light that shines with the Winter Holidays.

December 20th we fully welcome and embrace the returning sunshine with Solstice celebration rituals in Children’s Chapel.  The children will then participate in an annual service project packaging supplies to be given the local organizations who serve our populations in need.

For Your Calendars:

Dec. 6th – Holiday Craft Workshop

Dec. 13th – Holiday Pageant/Tree decorating –One service

Dec. 20th – Children’s Chapel and one room school house in the Peierls room.

Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve 5PM Family service.

Jan. 3rd – One Service K-5 Kwanzaa activities for kids

I find that I thrive in the midst of chaos. In transitions there is need for interaction and communication. This energizes me, provides, for me, clarity. So, as I prepare to leave my position here, I am excited about new projects ahead. But I am also saddened at the prospect of not spending Sunday mornings doing the best, most rewarding work of the week: greeting, guiding, engaging with each of you, children, youth and adults. Giving and receiving hugs and handshakes, that too fills my soul and it will be missed.

Thank you all again for allowing me to be of service in such a creative, vibrant and hope filled community!

Shalom, Namaste, Peace!
Judith A. Stein-Farrall
Religious Education Program Coordinator