Monthly Religious Education News

October 2018

Lifespan Religious Education

All Souls Unitarian Universalist religious education
nurtures liberal religious discovery and the spiritual development of children, youth, and adults.

 

Religious Education News from Perry Montrose,
Director of Faith Formation
 

 

Perry's Ponderings
 

It was an intentional decision at All Souls to shift religious education to faith formation. Rather than being educated, we are all becoming formed in our faith community. Across the lifespan, we are growing into who we are and seeing more clearly what is essential to us as individuals and a community. In our lifespan Faith Formation ministry, we are creating intentional opportunities to focus on that growth and notice our own beauty that is enhanced by our presence to one another.

A woman once shared with me that her five-year-old grandchild was filling in pictures in a coloring book and asked, “Grandma, am I colored in yet?” In truth, we are all being “colored in” our whole lives. Life is a process of being “colored in,” our experiences coloring our vision and our paths helping us discover the hues of our being. We are marked by the world around us and, yet, from that palette we paint a picture unique to our existence on life’s canvass. The beauty of our form is not seen all at once but comes into focus over time, changing and evolving in sometimes dramatic strokes or subtle brushes that shift our perspective. When we reflect on this constant and ongoing formation and share it with others, it connects us to our faith.

In Unitarian Universalism, we think of faith as that which we hold to be most true in our mind, heart, and action. It is our orientation toward ourselves, the world around us, and the interplay between the two. The blending of the colors and defining of our lines is our faith formation.

As the new Director of Faith Formation, it is my commitment to provide the tools and guidance that will support your process of being colored in. Whether adding vibrancy to what is already visible or uncovering hidden pictures, we will collaboratively expand our vision and the opportunities to grow within our supportive faith com-munity.

I am in the office every Wednesday and Thursday, as well as other days, so please reach out to make a time to share what faith formation evokes for you and how we might support your journey. I can be reached by email at dirfaithformation@allsouls.net, in the office at 860-443-0316, x3, or on my cell at 860-514-2434.

Thank you to:

Linda Sargent and Sid Gardner for helping to prepare classrooms for the start of the new year.

Lynette Gardner for helping Youth Group to think about space on their first day and sharing ideas about how to set up their room.

Dates to Remember

Oct. 14: One service at 10:00 a.m. with congregational town hall meeting following.

Oct. 28: Halloween Parade & Party, following 1st service. Youth group will volunteer!

Nov. 4: Child Dedications at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. services.

Child Dedications: Every year on the first Sunday of November, we take time to name and dedicate children in our midst. While families often choose to dedicate their children when they are babies, children and youth of all ages are welcome to experience this blessing. It is a ceremony that honors a child’s place in their family and in the community of All Souls. For more information on Unitarian Universalist child dedications go to:
https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-do/celebrations/births

Please be in touch with me at dirfaithformation@allsouls.net or 860-443-0316 x3, if you would like your child(ren) to be dedicated at either the 9:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. service on Sunday, November 4. It is such a beautiful op-opportunity to name, bless, and honor our children and commit to their faith formation.