Grounded in our motto The Method Is The Message, Children’s Religious Education programing serves it’s students by exemplifying out UU values in the classroom, on campus and in the larger community. Volunteering in CRE helps you grow in your own faith, make a difference and helps develop UU identity in our students. This year’s theme is Neighboring Faiths and the entire congregation will be studying World Religions. Imagine the impact you can have on the world by volunteering in RE!
ELEMENTS (VPK through 6th grade)
*Due to construction, each term this year will have different needs.
Term 1 – Introduction to World Religion
The goal is to introduce students to and gain a basic understanding of the Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sihk and Baha’i faiths.
There will be three learning centers (similar to last year) in rooms 4, 6 and 7. We need one person to lead the following centers:
•Lesson – present the material on various faiths
•Craft – lead a craft that supports the understanding of the presented material
•Activity – lead an activity that supports the understanding of the material
Curriculum will be provided.
Elements is divided into three age groups. The group leader moves from room to room with the group and takes attendance, helps with class management and assists the other teacher. We need one person for each of these groups:
•Earth Leader (4-6 year olds)
•Wind Leader (7-9 year olds)
•Fire Leader (10-12 year olds)
Term 2 – Compare to Unitarian Universalism
The goal is to compare the aforementioned faiths to our own so that students see the similarities.
This is when we anticipate construction starting and we will move into the library and Gore Hall foyer thereby have two learning centers rather than three. We will place the students into two groups. Also, class time will be shorter as we will dismiss at the start of coffee hour. We need the following volunteers:
•Story & Discussion, read a story & discuss comparisons between that faith and ours
•Craft & Activity, lead a craft and/or activity that compares another faith to our own
(Curriculum will be provided)
Term 3 – Connect to World Religions
If things go perfectly, we’ll be in a newly renovated Enrichment Center and will go back to our three learning centers system. However, we’d like to ask for volunteers but remain flexible with the plan until we are closer.
Youth consists of grades 7-12 with the majority of our students fall on the younger side of this range. This year we will use the UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum Building Bridges to learn about world religions. It is a story-based program that is age appropriate, roughly chronological, and shows religious evolution over human history. Additionally, the Youth RE students will attend many field trips to various worship centers in an effort to deepen their understanding of this dynamic world in which we live as well as broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.
We age looking for Youth RE Teachers that are enthusiastic about guiding youth through this world religions program in a fun as well as serious way while providing a safe and nurturing environment to learn and grow. You may wish to volunteer for just one of our three terms or for the whole year.
FIELD TRIP COORDINATOR
Youth RE has four Sundays slotted for field trips. As we are studying world religions, we’d love to visit other places of worship. This job entails inquiring with the youth to gage interest in where they’d like to go. Making contact with those places of worship and arranging for our visit. Working with the DRE and Youth Teachers to create an itinerary for the trip and offer some “best practices” information on what is and isn’t appropriate regarding attire and participation.
YOUTH GROUP & JR YOUTH GROUP
Youth Advising is one of the most rewarding roles you can fill as a religious leader. It may be one of the most essential roles you can play in a youth’s life. This is a new and much needed program at 1U and we are thrilled that the minister sees the deep value and has offered to help get us started. As a new group, a youth advisor will offer support, guidance and leadership to our youth then help transition into more of a student led by empowering youth leadership. Our first meeting is Sunday Sept 18 5:30-7:30. Then we will meet on the first and third Sundays of the month from 12:30 to 2pm.
RE GENERAL TASKS HELPER
This year will have many extra moving parts. If you are not interested in teaching or working with the kids directly, we still have opportunities for you! Whether you have 15 mins on a Sunday morning or an hour elsewhere. We need things to be sorted, checked, boxed, inventoried, moved, unpacked, labeled, etc. Please coordinate your availability with Regina directly or via email at DRE@OrlandoUU.org.
Don’t wait! Email Regina at DRE@OrlandoUU.org today to get on the schedule!