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

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Current Announcements:

Hello UUCB!

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

I am very excited to say that we will be welcoming the children back for the beginning of worship services starting on December 4! I look forward to seeing a multigenerational congregation for the stories in service again.

For the month of December, we’re going to make it snow in the Parish Hall! Starting December 4, there will be supplies for making paper snowflakes on the RE table in the hall, and we’ll be hanging them from the Parish Hall ceiling to turn it into a winter wonderland!

There are lots of opportunities for us to spread the holiday cheer in our community! The Mitten Tree is going up on November 20, with tags labelled with wish list items for families at Family Promise. Sign out your tag, and bring back your assigned gift, along with mittens for Journey’s End, by December 11.

And we hope you’ll join us at 7pm or 11pm on Christmas Eve for one of our special holiday services! Come, share stories, and make music together!

Sending you many warm wishes and bright blessings as we move into the holiday season!

Jess

Adult Education Programs:

UUCB Banned Book Club Update

“Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us”

We are on a break for the holidays but will be returning after the first of the year. In the meantime, are you looking for holiday gift ideas? Check out the American Library Association’s list of banned and frequently challenged books at https://wwwala.org/advocacy/bboks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10. Our first book of 2023 will be the award winning, young adult book Melissa (previously published as George) by Alex Gino. Future club choices and meeting times and dates TBD.  If you have any questions about the group or its selections, please drop us an email at uucbbbc695@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


‘S WONDERFUL, ‘S MARVELOUS, ‘S GERSHWIN, THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC! Two classes left!

Michael Harris, instructor, Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $10 per session

Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo; 695 Elmwood Avenue; Buffalo, NY 14222. For information, call 716-885-2136, or email us at office@buffalouu.org. George Gershwin was our first great cross-over artist, with his feet in Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Hollywood, the concert hall and opera – doing them all supremely well. 

Dec. 7:  “Love Is Here to Stay” – Hollywood and Last Works

Dec. 14:  “They Can’t Take that Away from Me” – Posthumous  Gershwin Broadway Musicals [My One and Only, Crazy for You, Nice Work If You Can Get It , An American in Paris]


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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