Sept. 8, 2013 Religious Education Weekly Update

Water Chalice
Water Chalice

  9 and 11 a.m. School of the Spirit (aka Religious Education) Opening Sunday

Kindergarten – 6th Grade: “Water Service Children’s Chapel” with Katie Covey, DRE.  Note Change this Sunday: Children meet in the Pauling Room first, then join the adults for the Sharing the Waters service at end. Children will be invited to explore the sensory qualities of water, and travel on an imaginary journey with a water drop. We will offer our gratitude to the place of water on the planet and add water to ourselves in a drink ceremony.

 Puppet Preschool/ Nursery:  Welcome to Puppet Preschool/Nursery!  A new program using puppets to explore preschool life issues. 9 a.m. with Missi Perrine, adult teacher for the month, Juliette Mettes, high school staffer, and Molokai Lemur, helper. 11 a.m. with Derrick Belanger, adult teacher for the month, with Juliette Mettes, and 5th – 8th grade Helpers Needed.

Youth Group – 11 a.m. 7-12th grades; Check out Emily Conger’s Youth Ministry Blog for LOTS of information about Ninth Grade Trip Orientation, Coming of Age, OWL, Youth Group and more!

Playground Monitor needed 10 – 11 a.m. this Sunday.

Youth Choir Rehearsal 10:10 a.m. Alcott Room – for those singing in the “Standing on the Side of Love” Denver Service, Sept. 29.





A few teaching positions in the “School of the Spirit” are still open. Usually once or twice a month, during the service of your choice, 9 or 11 a.m.

11 a.m. K-3rd grade Picture Book World Religions Our theme for the fall is World Religions. Read stories from various world religions with a follow up activity. Teach with Lu Wright and John Hoebel, and Stephanie Moriarty.

Puppet Preschool:  The room is redesigned, there are puppets (Thanks to Melissa Williams!) and a theatre (Thanks to Linda and Eric Spencer!). We will use the puppets during sharing circle to talk about the big life issues for preschoolers. Each adult teacher will teach for 1 month, to provide consistency, along with Juliette Mettes, our high school preschool staffer, and a 5-8th grade Volunteer Helper. If you would like to join Missi Perrine, Rachael Setzke, Laura McCollom and Derrick Belanger in this fieldtest, contact Katie. 

9 a.m. K-6th Multi Age World Religions – join Evan Kneale, Sarah Pritchard and myself.

YOUTH CHOIRS info: 10:10 a.m. Sept. 15 Alcott Room: We will have parent meeting and talk about the year and the schedule.   If you are singing in the September 29 Standing on the Side of Love Service in Denver we will meet again for another music rehearsal on Sunday, September 8 at 10:10 in the Alcott Room.

Sept 8 – 8/9th grade Coming of Age Parent and 8/9th grader Information Session. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. RSVP for sibling childcare to Katie.

Sept. 8 – 7/8th grade Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) Human Sexuality Program Mandatory Orientation, 12:30 – 2 p.m. RSVP for sibling childcare to Katie.

Note: First Grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) will start in October. Preregister with Katie. (Fifth Grade OWL will be offered in the Spring)

**Family meditation group.  Anyone interested in starting a family meditation group please contact Jamil ( Between services. In the planning stages.

**New K-1st and 4-6th O.W.L. leadership training information.  Details

Navigators USA (a secular, inclusive, coed scouting organization founded 10 years ago with help from All Souls UU in New York),
Date: Friday, September 20, 2013
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Place: Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1241 Ceres Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026Who should come: Kids who are interested in participating in a new Navigators chapter and their parents; any adults who may be willing to help lead the chapter or assist with its activities. (If you need to bring younger children, please see * at the end of this message for more info.)What we’ll be discussing: What Navigators is in general; what we want this chapter to be in particular (types of activities, emphases, age range); when, where, and how often to meet; who will be able to lead the chapter (we need at least one co-leader in addition to myself to organize as a Navigators chapter); costs; and other nuts and bolts of getting a group started. I will have several copies of the Navigators guidebooks to look at or purchase if you wish.Bring: Yourselves and your ideas for what our Navigators chapter could be; your willingness to contribute what you can in time, ideas, energy, and expertise to create a great experience for all involved.If you are seriously considering involvement in Navigators and cannot attend this meeting, please contact me by September 15 if possible. If you’d like to talk by phone, email me your phone number and let me know when it’s good to call you.In case this topic is new to you: Navigators USA is an inclusive scouting organization for boys and girls. The core age group is 7-18, but younger kids can also participate. The curriculum (badges, handbooks, etc.) centers around outdoor activities and skills, service, living in a diverse world, and care of the environment; but there’s a lot of flexibility about what we can do in a Navigators chapter. We can choose to use existing curriculum, borrow ideas from other sources, and/or chart a new course together.visit their website (, or talk to me — I’ve read through the guidebooks and talked with the founder at some length. To give you just a taste, the Moral Compass of Navigators USA (similar in purpose to a Promise or Law in Girl or Boy Scouts) is: “As a Navigator I promise to do my best to create a world free of prejudice and ignorance. To treat people of every race, creed, lifestyle and ability with dignity and respect. To strengthen my body and improve my mind to reach my full potential. To protect our planet and preserve our freedom.” Please feel free to pass on this information to others who might be interested. Thanks,
Deborah Mensch (mom to Petra and Theo)

*If you are bringing young children who may not want to participate in the meeting, you have a couple of options. If they can play quietly in the sanctuary with things you bring for them, that’s fine. We can also use the playground or preschool room, but children playing there must be supervised by a responsible adult. We can organize supervision from among the parents present. No babysitter has been hired for this meeting. If you’d like to help organize paid child care, please contact me ASAP at


Emily CongerYouth Coordinator

Jamil ScottReligious Education Assistant

Melissa Williams, Youth and Intergenerational Choirs Director

Katie CoveyDirector of Religious Education 

Boulder Valley U.U. Fellowship, 303-665-4280 x 104