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By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education When my daughter Chelsea was born, I was given a poem written by Dorothy Law Nolte entitled “Children Learn What They Live.” Perhaps you have seen this one. It begins,  A quick look on the internet found that it has been quoted (and frequently adapted) in a multitude of […]

RE-Flections: Annual RE Service

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  By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education This year, as is our tradition, we will be holding our Annual Religious Education Service in May. This is a service that is meant both to celebrate our young people and provide a service experience that is enjoyable and accessible to people of all ages. We have […]

Early Bird RE Registration Begins on May 14!

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By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education Early registration helps tremendously with our planning and allows us to staff our program in ways that best serve the needs of the children. We are therefore offering an EARLY BIRD incentive to those who register their children before August 1. Parents and guardians may register in person […]

Teach-In May 7


A Message to Parents/ Guardians of Children in our First Church Religious Education Program regarding Sunday, May 7 Service Participation and RE Classes Unitarian Universalists across the globe are participating in an anti-oppression Teach-In on or around April 30 or May 7, 2017. As of this writing there are over 600 congregations participating in the US, […]

RE-Flections: Easter, Spring, and Passover

Alice and Caterpilller

By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education “Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar. Alice replied, “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”    —Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll When […]

Youth Rehab House in Sherman Park

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YRUU Youth Help Rehab House in Sherman Park By Rod DePue Our high school YRUU youth have now helped Inhabit, Inc. rehab a house on Sherman Park for the second year in a row. Inhabit was started 9 years ago, by Transformation City Church, an urban Christian congregation in the central city. The Rev. Jennifer […]

RE-Flections: Children and Youth Vote for the May Share the Plate Recipient on April 2!

Share the Plate

By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education Share the Plate is a bold program of radical generosity. Giving away 50% of our weekly collection allows our church community to significantly deepen our social justice mission by connecting us to the people and organizations that are shaping our world in ways that align with our congregation’s […]

RE-Flections: Explicit and Implicit Curricula

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“Unitarian Universalist religious education is neither book nor guru centered. It is not adult or even child centered. It is congregation centered, wherein all ages cooperatively engage in what Starr Williams called ‘a cycle of nurturing.’’   -Rev. Tom Owen Towle Early in my career as a religious educator, I learned about explicit and implicit curricula […]

RE-Flections – K5-12 Grade Black People Matter Religious Education Lessons


By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education Anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) education supports all children’s full development in our multiracial, multilingual, multicultural world and gives them the tools to stand up to prejudice, stereotyping, bias, and eventually to institutional ‘isms’.  –Louise Derman-Sparks, Author/Educator “This makes me so angry!” one young girl asserted. “It’s just not fair.  […]