Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Adult Religious Education

Adult Religious Education in the local congregation offers unique opportunities for people to come together in programs designed [to help adults learn and grow religiously]. The coming together itself is of importance in building the religious community.

"To teach," says Parker Palmer in To Know As We Are Known: Education As a Spiritual Journey, "is to create a space in which the community of truth is practiced"...This community is "a rich and complex network of relationships in which we must both speak and listen, make claims on others, and make ourselves accountable."

And so may it be...

These are words of wisdom from longtime Professional Religious Educator, Betty Jo Middleton in her guide, First Steps: Planning for Adult Religious Education.

As we begin to take steps towards creating programs and opportunities for adults at all stages of life in our community, the very first step is in learning from the congregation more about what is wanted and needed. What topics interest you? What are you eager to learn about? What do you have to teach ot
hers? Who would you like to learn from? When is a good time to make space for Religious Education in your life?

Answering these questions and more is a cinch in our globally networked society! To lend your voice to the discussion, you can take our Religious Education survey by clicking here. For a few minutes of your time, you can influence our programming for the better for months and years to come. If you have questions or to share additional information, please don't hesitate to contact Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Becky Brooks here.

Keep tabs on this blog for other opportunities to be involved in Religious Education at First Unitarian, as a teacher, a student, a planner or all three!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Paradoxical Commandments

by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Summer at First Unitarian

Summer is upon us, a time when things are done a little differently at First Unitarian. Here's a quick guide to all things Summer at church:

Worship in July and August will begin at 10 am. We'll be in the Sanctuary in July and the Parish Hall in August.

Childcare is available for all kids during the service in the downstairs RE rooms. Our usual childcare provider, Kim Wolf, will be there to supervise. We have books, board games and art supplies, though no structured activities. If your children plan to attend and would like to bring toys or a game, they should feel free as long as they are willing to share with any other children who attend. Unlike services during the regular church year, there will not be a time when children are sung to classes. Please take your children to childcare before the service instead.

If your children are not interested in attending childcare, they are certainly welcome to attend service with you. Worship services, however, are not specifically designed with children in mind and boredom may creep in. A children's corner with books and coloring pages is available in the back corner of the worship space and there are fiddle toys like pipe cleaners or busy bags available for children to use in their seats. If your children remain in the sanctuary for worship and they are not used to attending whole services, you may wish to talk to them about worship behavior. All worship participants of any age are asked to use quiet voices, to refrain from moving about the sanctuary more than necessary and to be respectful of their fellow congregants.

Keep your eyes peeled for additional summer activities and events throughout the season by reading Happenings, our email newsletter, checking the church's website: www.firstunitarian.net and this blog.

Worship will resume its usual time of 11 am starting Sept. 6
Our annual Homecoming Service and Water Communion will be on Sept. 13
Religious Education Classes for Children and Youth will resume on Sept. 21

Have a great Summer!