Joanne Dingus  (Director of Religious Education)

Joanne Dingus
(Director of Religious Education)

By Joanne Dingus

We’ve been truly enjoying our summer adventures with Raiders of the Lost Arts, Young Raiders and Be the Change. Thanks so much to Jeannine Christensen for developing the Raiders class. I’d also like to thank all the new people who stepped up to teach this summer: Angela Lucy, Milyn King, Chris and Katie Hardwick, Karla Beckman, Mike Meyers, Jaimie Dingus and returning teachers, Allison Black, Aaron Hansley, Jeannine Christensen and Selena Hagstrom.

I thought I would give you a sneak peek of things to come this fall.

At the 9:30 class, we will be using a program called Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope with stories and activities that promote peace, justice and care for the environment.

At 11:00 our youngest group will learn along with Chalice Children. They will spend the year getting to know their church and congregation.

The elementary school children will learn about UU identity with Spirit of Adventure. Through medicine, food, holidays, science, building and exploring the web of life, students will gain a better understanding of their faith. The upper middle school youth will learn along with Traditions with a Wink. They will explore the long traditions of questioning and searching in our faith and hear stories of kindness, good works and visions of hope. Our high school students will Dare to Know as they learn about the links between Humanism and Unitarian Universalism.

As in past years, the RE Committee will sponsor special events such as the Winter Festival and Fellowship Friends. We plan to host Trunk or Treat near Halloween and will send care packages to college students in February. The Youth Group for middle and high school students will continue to meet once a month. And the Got Kids? Group for younger children and their families will continue to meet each month.

If you would like to be more involved with the RE program please let me know and I can find the right place for you to volunteer. There will be a teacher training for all those interested in teaching this year on September 6th from 9-12. Fall classes will begin on September 14.

See you in the RE!


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