Monthly Religious Education News

November 2017

Religious Education

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Religious Education News from Reverend Caitlin


From Nursery through High School

The annual Child Dedication on November 5 is the Unitarian Universalist rite of passage in which we dedicate the children in our community. We will take this time to dedicate ourselves as a congregation to the spiritual nurture of the youngest among us, naming and blessing them in all of their uniqueness and possi-bility. Please be in touch with me if you would like your child to be honored in this way at either the 9:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. service on November 5. Email me at

Below, take a look at what we have planned in Sunday School this month:

In PreK/Kindergarten, "Big Ideas for Little People," we will share stories of the season: "Mousekin’s Golden House" is about a rotting jack-o-lantern that shifts and changes to become a cozy place to sleep for a mouse in winter. "Feast for 10" is a simple counting book that illustrates the food preparation that goes into a big meal, and the joyful gathering of people to enjoy it. "The Thankful Book" encourages children to notice the gifts in their life and to feel content.

In 1st/2nd grade, "Creating Home," we will be exploring the different kinds of homes that animals live in. We’ll hear the Native American legend, "Lizard Song," and the Jewish folk tale, "It Could Be Worse," about a house that got crowded with animals. We will make a puzzle for matching animals with homes, we’ll make forts to imagine our own animal homes, and we’ll learn about how humans can help animals with their homes. These themes weave nicely into the "home and hearth" mood that the Thanksgiving season brings.

In 3rd to 5th grade, "Harry Potter and UU," we will fight the "horcrux" (persistent evil) of hunger with a food drive to benefit the Greater New London Food Bank. We will learn facts about hunger in the U.S. to prepare for holding the food drive at the Waterford Stop & Shop on Sunday, December 3. With skits, games and crafts, we will also explore the concept of divination, using imprecise tools to answer questions about the future and the unknown. We will also be "fighting Boggarts" to learn to face fears and the "Dark Arts" within ourselves.

In 6th and 7th grade, "Bibleodeon," we will hear the Hebrew Bible story of Joseph, the favored son of Jacob and its age-old topic of family dynamics. We will then hear the Hebrew Bible story behind the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, and its theme of religious freedom. As usual, we will bring these stories to life with skits, conversation and crafts. For Hanukkah, we will make our own menorahs to light together.

In 8th grade, "Heeding the Call," we will explore empathy, a key attribute of a justice maker, by seeing a video on its neurological basis and experiencing a meditation that builds it from within. We will then look through this lens at the issue of Mexican immigration and its root causes. We will learn about the work of "No More Deaths" along the US-Mexican border, and we will ask what we can do in our communities to be welcoming of immigrants.

In High School youth group, "Our Whole Lives," we will have two regularly scheduled classes on Nov. 5 and 12. On November 19, we will have a full day session that will include lunch. Our workshops for the month will be: Sexual Expressions and Relationships, Verbal and Nonverbal Communications, What Makes a Good Relationship, Masturbation Myths and Facts, Sexual Behavior, Abortion, and Reproductive Technologies. The youth will also watch the video "Sexuality and Our Faith."

Dates to Remember

November 5: Ceremony of Child Dedication at the 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. services

November 19:

Multi-generational Bread Communion service

High School Youth multi-session Sunday of OWL, 11:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Thank you to:

All of the adults and youth who helped with our Halloween party!

Heidi Toala, Katie Ryan, Joyce Werden and Becky Noreen for preparing the children and youth to sing for "Music on the Menu." May we always have "high hopes"!

Kyle Murray and Priscilla Newell for guest speaking in our OWL class.

Lynette Gardner for substitute teaching in our 1st-2nd grade classroom.

Rev. Caitlin