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An overview of Lifespan Religious Exploration at TJUC

An overview of Lifespan Religious Exploration at TJUC

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  • 1. Thomas  Jefferson  Unitarian  Universalist  Church    Lifespan  Religious  Ex<loration  Prog>am    
  • 2. We  light  our  chalice  in  celebration  of  our  communitA  And  its  commitDent  to  religious  ex<loration.  May  our  ritHal  of  enlightenment  be  a  reminder    that  just  as  our  chalice  must  be  lit  again  and  again,  So  must  our  commitDent  to  religious  ex<loration  Be  renewed  again  and  again  if  our  light  is  to  be  shared  And  our  faith  is  to  be  sustained  and  ex<anded.  
  • 3. Thomas  Jefferson  Unitarian  Church  offers  lifespan  religious  education  prog>amming  that  holds  parNicipants  in  love,  igOites  their  passion  for  justice,  and  helps  them  to  know  more  deeply  the  diversitA  and  wholeness  of  our  Unitarian  Universalist  faith.      We  intentionally  have  come  to  call  what  we  do  here  “religious  ex<loration”  to  liſt  up  the  imporNance  we  place  on  an  individual  search  for  t>Hth  and  meaning  in  a  supporNive  communitA  of  connection.  
  • 4. Our  Values  Guide  Us-­‐  We  AffirD  and  Promote:  v The  inherent  worNh  and  digOitA  of  everA  person   §  Respect  all  people;  they  have  digOitA  &  worNh  too  v   Justice,  equitA  and  compassion  in  human  relations   §  Offer  fair  and  kind  t>eatDent  to  everAone  v Acceptance  of  one  another  and  encouragement  to   spiritHal  g>owth  in  our  cong>egations   §  Young  &  old,  g>owing  together  in  communitA-­‐    all  through  our  lives  v   A  ^ee  and  responsible  search  for  t>Hth  and  meaning   §  Grow  by  searching  for  your  own  t>Hth  and  meaning  
  • 5. Our  Values  Guide  Us-­‐  We  AffirD  and  Promote:  v   The  right  of  conscience  and  the  use  of  the  democratic         process  within  our  cong>egations  and  in  societA  at  large   §  Believe  in  your  ideals  and  voice  your  vote  v The  goal  of  world  communitA  with  peace,  liberNA        and  justice  for  all     §  Insist  on  justice,  ^eedom,  and  peace  for  all    v   Respect  for  the  interdependent  web  of  all  existence      of  which  we  are  a  parN   §  Value  the  earNh,  our  home,  and  the  web  of  life    
  • 6. Our  Tradition  Draws  From  Many  Sources  v   The  sense  of  wonder  we  all  share  v   Women  and  men,  long  ago  and  today  —  people              whose  lives  remind  us  to  be  kind  and  fair  v   Wisdom  ^om  the  worlds  religions      v   Christian  and  Jewish  teachings  which  tell  us  to              love  all  others  as  we  love  ourselves  v   Humanist  teachings  which  counsel  us  to  heed  the          gHidance  of  reason  and  the  results  of  science    v   EarNh-­‐centered  t>aditions  which  celebrate  the  circle            of  life,  inspiring  us  to  live  in  harDony  with  natHre  
  • 7. Our  Vision        Building  a  loving,  respectfHl  communitA  and   supporNing  the  search  for  t>Hth  and  meaning   across  the  lifespan.    
  • 8. UUA  Lifespan  RE  Vision  Statement  We  envision  children,  youth  and  adults  who:  •  Know  that  they  are  lovable  beings  of  infinite  worNh,  imbued   with  powers  of  the  soul,  and  obligated  to  use  their  giſts,   talents,  and  potentials  in  the  sergice  of  life;  •  AffirD  that  they  are  parN  of  a  Unitarian  Universalist  religious   heritage  and  communitA  of  faith  that  has  value  and  provides   resources  for  living;  •  Accept  that  they  are  responsible  for  the  stewardship  and   creative  t>ansforDation  of  their  religious  heritage  and   communitA  of  faith;              
  • 9. UUA  Lifespan  RE  Vision  Statement  •  Realize  that  they  are  moral  agents,  capable  of  making  a   difference  in  the  lives  of  other  people,  challenging  st>HctHres  of   social  and  political  oppression,  promoting  the  health  and  well-­‐ being  of  the  planet,  acting  in  the  sergice  of  diversitA,  justice,   and  compassion;  •  RecogOize  the  need  for  communitA,  affirDing  the  imporNance   of  families,  relationships  and  connections  betieen  and  among   the  generations;  •  Appreciate  the  value  of  spiritHal  practice  as  a  means  of   deepening  faith  and  integ>ating  beliefs  and  values  with   everAday  life;  •  Ex<erience  hope,  joy,  mysterA,  healing,  and  personal   t>ansforDation  in  the  midst  of  life’s  challenges.    
  • 10.  Why  are  we  here?  To  supporN  and  nurNHre  each  other  throughout     our  individual  faith  development  jourOeys    
  • 11.  Wherever  we  are  on   our  jourOey,  we  have   questions…  
  • 12. v What  is  my  faith  and  how  do  I  live  it?  v   What  is  Unitarian  Universalism?  v How  do  I  deal  with  “the  big  questions”?  v How  do  I  deal  with  religious  ex<eriences?      v How  do  I  develop  spiritHalitA?      v How  do  I  fit  into  this  communitA?      v How  do  we  encourage  diversitA?        
  • 13. v How  am  I  different  –How  are  we  the  same?  v What  responsibilities  do  I  have  to  the            interdependent  web?  v How  do  I  develop  my  social  conscience?  v   What  role  does  sexHalitA  play  in  my  life?    v How  do  my  values  affect  my  spiritHalitA?  
  • 14. What  does  the  Lifespan  RE  Cur>icula  include?   — Views  the  whole  church  as  the  cur>iculum   — Focuses  on  our  principles  and    sources   — RecogOizes  the  power  of  learOing  through  stories  and          the  imporNance  of  supporNing  learOing  with  activitA   — Liſts  up  faith  in  action  through  social  justice   — Provides  age-­‐level    appropriate  ex<eriences   —   RecogOizes  the  imporNance  of  both  multigenerational          and  generationally  specific  opporNHnities  
  • 15. Lifespan  Religious  Ex<loration  St>ives  Toward…   —   NurNHring  the  four  foundations  of  a  meaningoHl,      relevant  and  vibrant  faith:   v   Unitarian  Universalist  IdentitA   LearOing  about  our  UU  heritage  of  t>Hth,  love,  and  justice;    Understanding  our   principles  and  sources;  Being  able  to  ex<lain  our  beliefs  and  faith  to  others   v   Ethical  Development   Making  the  world  a  beper  place  by  living  our  values.  Being  in  right  relationship   with  each  other,  the  larger  communitA,  and  the  earNh   v   SpiritHal  Growth   Sensing  a  connection  to  something  larger  than  ourselves  through  worship,  prayer   and  meditation;  Ex<loring  the  wisdom  of  the  world’s  religions     v   Faith  Development   Finding  deeper  meaning  and  pur<ose  in  life;  Ex<loring  personal  beliefs  and   values  within  a  faith  contexN  
  • 16. Lifespan  Religious  Ex<loration  Liſts  Up:  v   Stewardship  v Social  Justice  and  Human  rights  v ResponsibilitA  and  Caring  v SpiritHalitA  and  Faith  v Integ>itA,  Ethics,  and  Values  v Moral  Courage  v Traditions  
  • 17. What  does  our    Lifespan  RE  Cur>icula  include?   — Enrichment   v   Special  Events    and  Sergice  OpporNHnities   v   OWL  SexHalitA  Education  Prog>am   v   Interest  Groups   v   Choirs   v   Chalice  Circles   v   Open  Campus  Evening  Prog>am  
  • 18. What  goes  on  in  RE  for  Children  and  Youth?   —   Develops  communitA  responsibilitA  through        covenanting  with  other  g>oup  members   —   Mir>ors  the  ex<erience  of  the  Sunday  Sergice   v Chalice  Lighting     v Sharing  Circle  ( Joys  and  ConcerOs)   v Offering   v Music     v Cur>iculum  content    serges  a  similar  role  to  the   minister’s  serDon  
  • 19. RE  for  Children  and  Youth  is  a  ParNOership  v   RE  supporNs  families  in  developing  the  ethical          and  spiritHal  g>owth  of  our  children.  v   RE  provides  a  safe,  supporNive  environment  v   Families  make  connections  betieen  home  and  RE    v   Families  are  present  and  involved    v   Together  we  practice    tio-­‐way  communication  
  • 20. Volunteer  OpporNHnities  for  Adults   —   ParNicipation  on  CYRE  Leadership  Teams   —   CYRE  Room  Helpers   —   Youth  Group  Advisors   —   Coming  of  Age  Mentors  for  Youth   —   MysterA  Friends   —   Open  Campus  Class  Leaders   —   Serge  on  RE  Commipee   —   Serge  on  Adult  RE  Team  
  • 21. Looking  Toward  the  FutHre,  We  Envision  —   A  communitA  of  lifelong  learOers  that  affirDs  the          imporNance  of  individuals,  families,  relationships  and      connections  betieen  and  among  generations;  —   Prog>aming  that  is  both  multigenerational  and          generationally  specific;  —   Evening  RE  prog>amming  that  appeals  to  and  engages          our  many  generations;  —   More  opporNHnities  to  put  our  UU  faith  into  action;  —   Greater  apention  to  learOing  stAles  and  creativitA.