Religious Education

Overnight Youth Retreat May 15/16!

Dear Parents and Youth (age 12 and over), A youth retreat, with the emphasis on fun, will happen at Sugarloaf, May 15/16!  D. Ohlandt, a professional youth adventure facilitator, UU Arlington Church member, known and valued in the JPD administration and by the Arlington RE Director, has been hired by our RE Committee.  The retreat is just for our youth (ages 12-15) and their friends.  
 
D. tells us: “This overnight retreat will provide opportunities for bonding, reflection, indoor and outdoor adventures, group and individual challenges, and, most importantly, fun!  The retreat will be tailored specifically to our youth, and all activities during the retreat will build on and connect to one another. For the fullest experience, youths should plan to attend the entire retreat,” including the overnight stay. 
 
Informal registration, ASAP, (DEADLINE – April 14) is necessary for us to begin planning.  Therefore, please, let Helen Pop know your possible number of youth participants by phone (301/ 229-0549, 9 AM to 9 PM) or email hpop@verizon.net .  Secondly, with the deadline of April 8th, it would help with the planning if you give us your top two priorities (from the list below) that you feel would be most desirable for D. to focus on:
 
1.   working together/ self-discovery of cooperative strengths
2.   self identity "who am i?" 
3.   communication skills/open-heartedness
4.   personal goal setting
5.   resilience/persistence
6.   creativity/ thinking out of the box
7.   group building, cohesion
8.   parents, teachers, mentors to be included
9.   UU identity along with an attitude that generates gratitude
10.  values, priorities, including exercising more Earth-friendly awareness
       while living on our peaceful, bountiful land
 
All who plan to participate in Sugarloaf’s First Ever Retreat will receive, by April 17, the final information and form to be returned to Tiana by the April 24 deadline.  For logistical purposes, at this point, please RSVP to Helen Pop by April 8 indicating your interest and priorities for this retreat.
 
With Great Anticipation,
Tiana, David, Colleen, Liz, Judy W. and Helen

Overnight Youth Retreat May 15/16!

Attention All Those Ages 12 to 15 and Your Parents!  Join us for our Fun-Doing-Things Retreat starting the evening of May 15 through Saturday, May 16, till 4 P.M., for Sugarloaf youth and your friends.  It will be professionally facilitated by UU D. Ohlandt, hired for our first ever such retreat. Register now with Helen Pop at 301/229-0549 (9 A.M. – 9 P.M.) or hpop@verizon.net.  

 

 

Special RE United Lesson -- Fire Station

Durations: 
Sun, 03/22/2015
We have a special RE United lesson planned for this Sunday, March 22.  Recent topics in the Mavericks class have covered Generosity and Random Acts of Kindness.  Along these themes we have organized a field trip for all RE class students to visit the nearby Fire Station 22 on Germantown Road and the Police Station on Aircraft Drive in Germantown.  The intent of this trip is to show appreciation for the men and women who provide these services to our community. 
The fire department has come to SCUU a number of times in support of a church member who needs help.  As an act of generosity, we are asking parents (and older children) to prepare a baked item to give to the folks in the firehouse and police station.  If you can, please provide two containers of goodies so we can deliver the same selection to each location.
We will meet at the church early, starting at 10:20.  We have 3 teachers who are willing to drive children in their cars.  If any of the children requires a car seat, we will need the parent to move the car seat to the teachers car, or join us on this adventure!  All parents are welcome.  We will decide that morning if all children will go to both locations, or if time is limited and we need to separate into 2 groups.  Please consider if you need your child back by 11:30 or if we can extend the trip up to 30 minutes if needed.

Spirit of America Youth Program

Presenter:  Tiana Meek

Durations: 

Sun, 01/25/2015 - Wed, 01/28/2015

Join RE's new spiritual growth group for Sugarloaf youth and their families. This is an interactive 12 week program that is designed to explore the Spirit of America: a look at how America has been shaped by religious refugees and faith-based innovators. Middle and High school youth are encouraged to bring their bibles and their devices for this journey through American history and social awareness. Together we will visit the past and parts of the present through art, music, pictures, media, movements and more.

The program will begin at 6:00 pm on January 25th with a deeper look at the motives of some of the early colonists, followed by a retreat interlude in March, and will conclude in May with youth led encounters of self-discovery entitled "What do I believe?". As part of this spiritual growth group, participants will be asked to keep a journal, diary or blog of their thoughts throughout the program. Finally, families are encouraged to openly discuss with their teens what it means to be in relationship with the Force(s) that guides you. Consider visiting the "This I Believe" website for discussion openers,  
thisibelieve.org/theme/values-spirituality.
These family conversations will help our youth organize and outline their Family Spirit Genealogy and produce a youth led Community Worship service in June."
 
Schedule
 
January 25- Colonization of the New World: how Christianity came to the Americas
February 1- Civil War: how a battle over economics was impacted by Quakers and the Christian Negro
Feb. 15- Westward Expansion: Spirit animals, Confucius, wrestling with spirits
Feb. 22- Industrialization, Immigration and Trafficking
March 1- World War II and the Faith Race: a closer look at the boom of denominations
March 13-14: RETREAT
March 22- Civil Rights and Women: Black Jesus, interfaith comradery and women in the pulpit
March 29- Music as Ministry: from Blue Grass to Rock & Roll
April 19- Space and New Age Faith: thinking of faith beyond Earth
April 26-   Spiritual genealogy of our families: understanding how our families have come to faith in practice
May 10-   What Do I Believe: identifying our own personal beliefs about the spirit that guides us
May 17- Finalize youth lead CW service
May 24-   possible youth led MEMORIAL DAY service

RE Special Service - RE United Field Trip this Sunday

Presenter: 
Mavericks teachers (Cathy & Liz) and RE Committee
Durations: 
Sun, 02/15/2015
We have a special RE United lesson planned for this Sunday.  Recent topics in the Mavericks class have covered Generosity and Random Acts of Kindness.  Along these themes we have organized a field trip for all RE class students to visit the nearby Fire Station 22 on Germantown Road and the Police Station on Aircraft Drive in Germantown.  The intent of this trip is to show appreciation for the men and women who provide these services to our community.  The fire department has come to SCUU a number of times in support of a church member who needs help.  As an act of generosity, we are asking parents (and older children) to prepare a baked item to give to the folks in the firehouse and police station.  If you can, please provide two containers of goodies so we can deliver the same selection to each location.

 

We will meet at the church early, starting at 10:20.  We have 3 teachers who are willing to drive children in their cars.  If any of the children requires a car seat, we will need the parent to move the car seat to the teachers car, or join us on this adventure!  All parents are welcome.  We will decide that morning if all children will go to both locations, or if time is limited and we need to separate into 2 groups.  Please consider if you need your child back by 11:30 or if we can extend the trip up to 30 minutes if needed.

 

If you have any questions, please email Cathy Hall.

Spirit of American Youth Program Begins

Join RE's new spiritual growth group for Sugarloaf youth and their families. This is an interactive 12 week program that is designed to explore the Spirit of America: a look at how America has been shaped by religious refugees and faith-based innovators. Middle and High school youth are encouraged to bring their bibles and their devices for this journey through American history and social awareness. Together we will visit the past and parts of the present through art, music, pictures, media, movements and more.

The program will begin at 6:00 pm on January 25th with a deeper look at the motives of some of the early colonists, followed by a retreat interlude in March, and will conclude in May with youth led encounters of self-discovery entitled "What do I believe?". As part of this spiritual growth group, participants will be asked to keep a journal, diary or blog of their thoughts throughout the program. Finally, families are encouraged to openly discuss with their teens what it means to be in relationship with the Force(s) that guides you. Consider visiting the "This I Believe" website for discussion openers,  
thisibelieve.org/theme/values-spirituality.
These family conversations will help our youth organize and outline their Family Spirit Genealogy and produce a youth led Community Worship service in June."
 
Schedule
 
January 25- Colonization of the New World: how Christianity came to the Americas
February 1- Civil War: how a battle over economics was impacted by Quakers and the Christian Negro
Feb. 15- Westward Expansion: Spirit animals, Confucius, wrestling with spirits
Feb. 22- Industrialization, Immigration and Trafficking
March 1- World War II and the Faith Race: a closer look at the boom of denominations
March 13-14: RETREAT
March 22- Civil Rights and Women: Black Jesus, interfaith comradery and women in the pulpit
March 29- Music as Ministry: from Blue Grass to Rock & Roll
April 19- Space and New Age Faith: thinking of faith beyond Earth
April 26-   Spiritual genealogy of our families: understanding how our families have come to faith in practice
May 10-   What Do I Believe: identifying our own personal beliefs about the spirit that guides us
May 17- Finalize youth lead CW service
May 24-   possible youth led MEMORIAL DAY service

RE Summer Sunday Activity: Community Service Project

Presenter: 
Liz Paulson
Durations: 
Sun, 08/24/2014

Put together needed packages of school supplies for children in foreign countries.

 

The ‘Summer Sunday’ program is a series of fun and adventurous activities intended to build community among our children and youth. Activities are from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Click Here for a full list of this year's activities.

RE Summer Sunday Activity: Stream Walk and Nature Hike

Presenter: 
Chris Johnson
Durations: 
Sun, 08/17/2014

Walk through nature and get a little wet! Walking Seneca Creek from the Germantown road parking lot to the pool about a mile up steam. We will leave SCUU at 10:30 and get back around 12:30. Please bring bag lunches, drinking water, sun screen and bug spray.

 

The ‘Summer Sunday’ program is a series of fun and adventurous activities intended to build community among our children and youth. Activities are from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Click Here for a full list of this year's activities.

RE Summer Sunday Activity: Working with Clay

Presenter: 
Laura Judy
Durations: 
Sun, 08/10/2014

Clay modeling and creating interesting objects!

 

The ‘Summer Sunday’ program is a series of fun and adventurous activities intended to build community among our children and youth. Activities are from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Click Here for a full list of this year's activities.

RE Summer Sunday Activity: Edible Plant Walk

Presenter: 
Barbara Patton
Durations: 
Sun, 08/03/2014

Eat your way through nature!

 

The ‘Summer Sunday’ program is a series of fun and adventurous activities intended to build community among our children and youth. Activities are from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Click Here for a full list of this year's activities.