Religious Education for Children and Youth (May 2014)

Joanne Dingus  (Director of Religious Education)

Joanne Dingus
(Director of Religious Education)

submitted by Joanne Dingus

1.  “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” –Henry Brooks Adams
2.   “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” –Helen Caldicott, author and peace activist
3.  “Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.” –Horace Mann
 4.  “There’s no word in the language I revere more than ‘teacher.’ My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I’ve honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher.” –Pat Conroy, Prince of Tides
5.  “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” –Mark Van Doren
6.   “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” –Anatole France
7.  “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” –Carl Jung
8.   “Whoever first coined the phrase ‘you’re the wind beneath my wings’ most assuredly was reflecting on the sublime influence of a very special teacher.” –Frank Trujillo
9.  “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.” –Lee Iacocca
10.  “Be all that you can be. Find your future–as a teacher.” –Madeline Fuchs Holzer
I think you get the point! We are looking for people to help with the summer RE program and the fall through spring RE program. If you enjoy children or youth and would like to make a difference in their lives and yours, then volunteering to teach in one of our programs may be right for you.
This summer we will be offering three age group levels. Our 3-5 year olds will explore the theme, “Raiders of the Lost Arts” through picture books and crafts. Our elementary school children will follow more advanced lessons that were created by Jeannine Christensen. The middle and high school students will work from a UUA curriculum called Be the Change. This program gives Unitarian Universalist  youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith.
Information about our fall through spring courses will be available soon. If you would like to volunteer in the Children’s RE program please let me know and we can get you started creating your own quotes about teaching.
See you in the RE!
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