Middle School Program
All Crossing Paths participants should plan to attend the mandatory orientation on October 11 at 2:00 p.m. for students and parents/guardians. The first unit will begin two weeks later on October 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Starting September 13, 2020, RE will be offered each Sunday over Zoom. To receive the Zoom links, sign up for the RE Weekly News.
6th-8th Grade: Crossing Paths (starting October 11 at 2:00 p.m.)
Crossing Paths is an interfaith learning program with the goal of helping youth build and clarify their own UU identity through engagement with other faiths. This interfaith journey will include Unitarian Universalism, Judaism, Christianity, Catholicism, Quakerism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Paganism.
Each unit will focus on one faith tradition over four interactive sessions. During the first session, youth will learn about the basic beliefs and practices of the religion. In the second session, we will reflect on how the faith compares to Unitarian Universalism. The third session will be a virtual visit to another faith community, through exploring their website, watching worship, or engaging in spiritual practice and interviewing a guest from the faith tradition. The final week together will be time to reflect and appreciate new spiritual learnings.
Participants will be able to select and sign up for specific units. We ask that they commit to all four sessions of the faith or faiths they choose to explore. All Crossing Paths participants should plan to attend the mandatory orientation on October 11 at 2:00 p.m. for students and parents/guardians. The first unit, Unitarian Universalism, will begin two weeks later on October 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Through Crossing Paths, participants will gain wisdom and develop and deepen their spiritual practices. Welcoming and reaching out across differences is at the heart of Unitarian Universalism. Our hope is that youth leave Crossing Paths with seeds of the spiritual practices that they will carry with them throughout their entire lives.
Families Together: All Ages RE, Sundays, 11:15-11:45 a.m.
During this family ministry time, we will explore our faith and the church’s monthly themes, and connect with other families in the church community. Kimberlee will guide these interactive sessions, offering ministry and sharing ways for families to build religious education into their home life.
Each week, we will invite families and church members to participate as featured guests, by lighting the chalice, sharing a story from their life, or leading a song, game, or activity. We know that families are children’s primary religious educators, and that faith formation is grounded in the home; Families Together will offer a medley of ways for families to enrich their daily lives and stay centered in their values.
For more information, contact:
Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Minister of Religious Education
414.273.5257 ext. 204