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Religious Education September 25th

By Alejandro Forero Cuervo via Wikimedia Commons

By Alejandro Forero Cuervo via Wikimedia Commons

This Sunday, our Religious Education program will begin in the church service, as always, and then leave to meet in their separate classes for the first time. Our 4 to 6 year-olds will gather together for Spirit Play, and our 7 to 13 year-olds will gather together to begin the “Love Connects Us” curriculum (they will decide whether to call themselves “UU Explorers” or choose a different name for the class this year). The Breakfast Club is invited to join the UU Explorers this week for a discussion of Covenant together, and will then meet in future weeks in the Library. Nursery care will be provided downstairs.

Spirit Play this year will be wondering about stories that speak to the six sources of our faith tradition: The experience of wonder and awe in life; the words of great prophets that teach us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love; wisdom from the world’s religions; Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves; the guidance of science and reason; and the spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions. This is our tenth year offering Spirit Play at First Parish Sudbury, and we have a rich offering of lessons developed over the years thanks to all the efforts of our previous RE teachers, or as we call them, Guides in the religious exploration for our children.

Our “UU Explorers” will be exploring a dynamic curriculum called “Love Connects Us”, which celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. The sessions explore our legacy, from both Universalism and Unitarianism, of living our connections in loving service, inquiry, and action for social justice. At the same time, the program builds active participants in our faith. Children learn how our actions create a new heritage of connecting in love which will shape the faith of future generations.

More information about each program can be found here.