May 17, 2015 School of the Spirit Weekly Update

Children to the sanctuary for Youth Sunday, Coming of Age Service 9 a.m., Bridging Service, 11 a.m. Consider attending both! 

COA Retreat 2015
COA Retreat 2015

9 a.m. and 11 a.m. “Youth Sunday”

All children to the Sanctuary for the first 20 minutes. Then, Fourth Graders and up will attend the services as we honor the 8/9th Grade Coming of Age Class (9 a.m.) and the Seniors (11 a.m.) who are graduating from High School and “bridging” to Young Adulthood. We will also be saying goodbye to Emily Conger, Youth Coordinator and Michael Newman, SpiritJam leader.

Third graders and younger will exit the sanctuary after 20 minutes and hear the story “Miss Molly Lu Melon.” This is an especially good Sunday for younger youth to learn about Coming of Age (8/9th grade) for next year and/or future years! Coming of Age means 2 retreats, including a solo vigil, plus a year of group work such as developing their credo, thinking about life and death, service projects, and god image art.  Read more about Coming of Age and other programs for Youth.

COA God Paintings 2014-15
COA God Paintings 2014-15


9 and 11 a.m. Preschool/Nursery-  Loving care and program with Miss Ari, early childhood teacher and musician with a special guest, Miss Ari’s mom!

Adult Classes Visit the  Adult Webpage for more information on these and other adult classes and gatherings.

Tues. 5/19 Mindfulness Evening Series, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Barnum
Sun. 5/24 Mindfulness Morning Series – NOTE: change in time to 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. 

Read more about our unique experimental SpiritJam model at   Join us as we co-create this experimental program with paid lead teachers and monthly themes!



Accepting applications now. Tell your people! We love word of mouth referrals!  SpiritJam Lead Teacher Position open  6 hrs/wk, 9.5 mos/yr, $15.35/hr plus 20 extra hours planning/meeting time.  We are seeking a creative, flexible individual interested in creating fun and unique “jams,” who is not a member of BVUUF. 4 hrs. most Sundays; 2 hrs. weekly planning and meeting plus 20 hrs. allocated for other meetings and planning. For the complete job description, visit the SpiritJam Lead Teacher Job Description. Contact Katie Covey, Director,


Registration deadline is Friday, May 22 for the 2015 Peace and Justice Summer Day Camp with PeaceJam and Project YES.  June 1-5th. K-5th graders. For our 9th annual camp, we go GLOBAL through our collaboration with PeaceJam and Project YES.

Activities: Peace in Pop Culture, Karate, Camp Zoo, Story Tree, Chapels with Rev. Lydia each morning, Fire Circle, Peace Project and a Friday afternoon Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony!

Upcoming SpiritJams and Services

Sun. May 24 – Begin one service at 10 a.m. Informal Games for Memorial Day weekend. Emma Cooper is subbing for Miss Ari in the Preschool.

“Share Your Passion” Summer Sundays

Do you have a passion that you would like to share with our children for up to 30 minutes on a Sunday this Summer between 10 – 11 a.m.? Be it solar cooking, science, guitar playing, travels, crafting, sports, poetry, your favorite children’s book, music, tinkering, engineering, etc. Choose a Sunday on the “Share Your Passion” Summer Calendar or visit with Katie Covey, Director, School of the Spirit ( or Rachel Stevenson, SpiritJam Summer Coordinator. Rachel will be supervising and attending the Summer Sundays and will help you. You will have about 30 minutes maximum with a multi-age group of children. Here’s an ideal way to get to know the children of BVUUF and help our children get to know other adults in the congregation!

Register for next year’s 8/9th grade Coming of Age and 7/8th grade Our Whole Lives Programs on the  Youth Ministry Newsletter by Emily Conger, Youth Coordinator.

Your School of the Spirit Staff:

  • Emily CongerYouth Coordinator, 
  • Ari Flauta, Early Childhood Teacher,
  • Rachel Setzke, 2015 Peace and Justice Camp Director,
  • Rachel StevensonSpiritJam Teacher and Religious Education Assistant, 
  • Michael NewmanSpiritJam Teacher,
  • Katie CoveyDirector of the School of the Spirit,