Hello UUCC Members & Friends!
September is about to smack me right in the face. I mean a hard, real, unexpected slap. Because this Summer absolutely FLEW by. So even though I know it’s coming, I am certain that it is going to hit me like a crack across my cheek. I can feel it already.
The upside is that we are looking at an exciting fall with new programs, new ideas, new energy and new people! And now is the time to get it all started!
For YRE (Youth Religious Education) this year, we are going to have a lot of changes on our hands, because we will now be meeting at 9:30AM – 10:30AM, before the Sunday morning worship service. Youth will be invited to come to their YRE classes and to join us for worship as a community that includes all of us. We have exciting stories to share, exciting activities for youth to help plan––we’re hoping to have a full program, beginning in the end of September.
For ARE (Adult Religious Education) this year, we are going to be flexible and hybridized. Many of our adult learners and congregants are the most vulnerable in times of pandemic, so these classes will be taking place on Zoom -OR- in person and Zoom at the same time. These classes are still being organized, but they will likely include an informal Sunday “coffee chat” that will meet from 9:30 – 10:30 very much in the format of the Zoom chat sessions that we held last year. Others will be in our 6-week course model, and those will begin in October.
Attached to all of this, there are the programs themselves. And as always we need volunteers AND participants. So, if you are a parent (with young children or with children who’ve grown up, and all ages in-between!) and you’d like to help us with our YRE programming, please reach out! If you are an adult learner who has some things you might like to bring to a classroom as a teacher or facilitator, let’s hear it!
If you’d just like to be involved in RE at any level, there are always lots of things to do. So please reach out, raise your hand and sign up! We need your help and your engagement!
I’m looking forward to a wonderful fall and a great church year!
Allan T. Georgia
M.Div., M.T.S., PhD
Director of Religious Education (Lifespan Faith Development)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland