May is full of special dates!
May 3 – 5:30 – 7 P.M. Meet our Ministerial Candidate Rachael Hayes and help paint signs for UUSA people to carry at the Pride March! Pizza and dessert provided.
May 4 – Families please walk with the UUSA in the Northampton Pride Parade! Look for the details in the separate announcement in this newsletter.
May 12 – Whole-Congregation Mother’s Day Service
May 26 – Memorial Day Walk to the Park
This year the UUSA Religious Education Ministry has revised their mission statement. It reads:
The mission of the Religious Education program is to foster a nurturing community, to honor the worth of religious thinking, and to celebrate the joy of spiritual exploration. Each person is encouraged to develop personal values based on Unitarian Universalist principles and to incorporate those values in daily living.
As Director of the Religious Education program, I fully support this mission and all that it encapsulates. For this newsletter I want to focus on just one part and that is what a “nurturing community” looks and feels like. I am not saying this is easy, but I think the first step is for people – young and old and in-between – to take the time to know each other’s names and faces. Many parents in the congregation like to think of our community as the one place where their children are able to interact with multiple generations. These interactions can be as simple as a friendly smile or as meaningful as a heart to heart. Community building takes place in the foyer at the beginning of the morning, during the service – sharing hymnals and sharing joys and concerns, and after the service during social hour and at special events. So, I encourage everyone to take the first step. Learn a name and then offer the seat next to you.
Nurturing also takes place when adults volunteer in the RE classrooms. Community is a central part of being a UU and a member of the UUSA. Do you have a Sunday or two to spare? During the regular church year and in the summer, RE is offered during worship service. Please consider helping the UUSA Religious Education program by volunteering from 10:30-11:30 A.M. During this time you will participate in the children’s hour – crafts, songs and special activities, and no preparation is necessary.
Rebecca Fricke Director of Religious Education (email@example.com)