Greetings from the Religious Education Ministry!
Jess Pond, Director of Religious Education

Links to Class Descriptions, and More Ways to Connect with Us!

Current Announcements:

Hello UUCB!

This February we’re celebrating love in all its forms, and it’s important to me to teach our children to not only love themselves and those they know – family, friends – but also to spread love to our community and to those we don’t know personally. So, folks of all ages, join me on Saturday, February 4 at 12:00 for a Spread the Love Baking Party to bake goodies for the 14 families who are housed by Gerard Place! Gerard Place provides housing and supportive programs for homeless, single-parent families, literacy classes, vocational job training and food distribution programs. Come have fun baking, eating pizza, and giving back to our community!

Bright blessings,

Jess

It’s never too late to register for Religious Education! Please complete this form if you would like to register your child for Religious Education classes: https://forms.gle/4LzWAX73L8vwNQWV6

Check out the RE Calendar here: https://rb.gy/hxvmju

Adult Education Programs:

UUCB Banned Book Club Update
“Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us”

On January 18, the Banned Book Club began discussing Alex Gino’s YA novel Melissa (Previously published as George) by Alex Gino.  We’ll be following this with the YA books: George M. Johnson’s All Boys Aren’t Blue and Angie Thomas’ The Hate You Give.  Art Spiegelman’s Maus will close things out the spring.

All are welcome and you can join us at any time. We meet the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 7:00 – 8:30 in the Marge Gardiner Room. For more information, contact  Mary Lou Hill and Sharon Walker at uucbbbc@buffalouu.org or Jess Pond at jpond@buffalouu.org.


Folk Dancing – will restart in 2023!
Folk dancing is a fun experience for all ages. Simple dances are taught or reviewed each week. We do walking dances from 9:30-10:15, regular folk dances from 10:15-11 and more complicated dances from 11-11:30. We laugh a lot and get exercise while learning a bit about the world’s cultures. No experience or skill is needed! All are welcome!  Martha Malkiewicz has taught folk dancing for 6 years at the UU Church. Contact Martha at martmalk2@mac.com  to confirm schedule.
Mondays, 9:30 am, Parish Hall, $2.00 per class. Pay at the door.
Registration not required


GLITTERING PRIZES!

A Most Excellent History of Awards
Michael Harris, instructor

Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Avenue; Buffalo, NY 14222
14 meetings; Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., January 11 to April 12, 2023
Cost:  $75 for full course, or $10 per session

The course will start remotely using the Zoom platform, with the option to move to in-person meet-ings at UUCB.  To register, send your check (made payable to UUCB) to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo; 695 Elmwood Ave.; Buffalo, NY 14222.  [Put ‘Glittering Prizes’ on the memo line of the check.]  For information, call 716-885-2136, or email us at office@buffalouu.org.

GLITTERING PRIZES: The Rationale

             We all love awards – giving them, receiving them, and watching other people get them.  It’s built into our genetic code to acknowledge the best of human achievement.  This course will cover the most renowned of these highly sought-after prizes and citations:  from knighthoods to Nobels, from Pulitzers to Peabodys, from Olympics to Oscars, from Miss America to MacArthur ‘Genius Grants’ – how they got started, how they’ve chosen their honorees, and how these judgments have stood up over time.  As for saluting those who were rightfully commended, or questioning those who were dubiously awarded, you’ll be the judge on that score!

Syllabus

Session One (January 11):  Going for the Gold – The Olympics Then & Now
Session Two (January 18):  For All the Saints – Roman Catholicism and Canonization
Session Three (January 25):  The ‘Noble’ Prize – Knighthood, Dames and Other Civic Honors
Session Four (February 1):  All Roads Lead to Rome – The Prix de Rome
Session Five (February 8):  Accolades from Stockholm – The Nobel Prize
Session Six (February 15):  Joseph Pulitzer’s Journalistic Legacy – The Pulitzer Prize
Session Seven (February 22):  Representing the American Woman – Miss America
Session Eight (March 1):  Thanks for the Use of the Hall – Halls, Walls and Walks of Fame
Session Nine (March 8): “I’d Like to Thank the Academy” – A History of the ‘Oscars’
Session Ten (March 15):  Broadway’s Big Industrial Show – The ‘Tonys’
Session Eleven (March 22):  You’re the Man! — TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year”
Session Twelve (March 29):  Betting on Genius – The Rhodes Scholarship and the MacArthur Fellowship
Session Thirteen (April 5):  Rewarding the Word – Literary Prizes
Session Fourteen (April 12):  Whither Awards?  The End of Awards?   


Our Classes

Pre-K & Kindergarten: Consistent with Unitarian Universalist Principles, in Pre-K we will learn about loving and respecting ourselves, our families, our church, our community, the earth, and the world around us.  We will celebrate ourselves, all kinds of holidays, the seasons, diversity, and anything else we can think of.  Our curriculum is flexible and ever-developing, responding to the interests of our students. 

Grades 1-3, Spirit Play: Spirit Play is a Unitarian Universalist program of religious education that evolved from a long line of Montessori-based religious education programming. This curriculum seeks to engage children in the existential questions about life within the context of the Unitarian Universalist faith. Stories are presented dealing with these questions accessing our broad base of sources. They are presented using an active storytelling method followed by a “wondering” time that opens up the child’s response to the story, then the child is free to work directly with that story or another, or to respond to the story or to their feelings with art materials. 

Grades 4-6, In the Middle: This curriculum aligns with the monthly themes in our Worship Services, encouraging the students to reflect on the topic of the month through age-appropriate stories, open discussion, and fun activities. 

Grades 7 & 8, Heeding the Call: As Unitarian Universalists, we are called not to admire justice from a distance but to live right in it, under its roof. This series of workshops offers a unique opportunity to engage youth in the critical work of developing skills as Unitarian Universalists committed to social justice. The workshops encourage youth to reflect on their own lives while also making connections to the lives lived by others. This both/and approach increases youth’s self-awareness while also developing leadership skills. The stories offer real-life examples of people facing the complexities of living lives of justice. It is under this roof that the youth become Justice Makers. Justice does not come into being automatically. Individuals must work together, learn together, listen together, laugh together, and heed the call together. 

Grades 9-12, Youth Group: High school students are encouraged to explore living into Unitarian Universalist beliefs with each other, engaging in their own searches for what they believe is right and true in life. Youth develop leadership skills through participation in a youth-led, covenant-based environment. 


More Ways to Connect with Us

– Join our Facebook page for updated news and events!
Facebook Group “UUCB Religious Education

– If you are interested in any of the classes, projects, or other groups that we are starting, please contact DRE Jess, at jpond@buffalouu.org

Important Message: Stay tuned for future plans for our nursery.

We will need a Nursery teacher for our Infants and Toddlers. We are looking for someone with Infant/Toddler experience who is willing to work Sunday mornings from 9:30am to 1:00 PM. The position pays $15.00 per hour. We will train the candidate and arrange for CPR training.

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