by Rev. Leslie Woodward
There are 34 days until the sabbatical for the Assistant Minister for Religious Education, but who’s counting?
You may have heard that I will be absent from August through the end of the year, enjoying my sabbatical! Yes, all of the wonderful stuff we typically plan for Fall will have to happen without me! RE classes will go on as usual; several worship services will be for all-ages; two RE community days are scheduled; the Halloween and Holiday Parties must go on; and what will happen with the Pop Up Christmas Pageant?
Never fear — there is a Sabbatical Task Force that will organize and manage our religious education programming, and a lot of the extra stuff too. Jaime Castle, Steph Tacy, Ellie Lamb, and Feriel Feldman will handle most of the week-to-week tasks, but they will need your help! Start thinking TODAY about perhaps teaching RE this term, or volunteering to organize a party or take on another project. Talk to Jaime Castle about how you can step up to make sure everything goes smoothly.
During my sabbatical, I plan to visit other religious education programs to study a model that many in Unitarian Universalism are calling “family ministry.” What does family ministry look like in a UU context? How might we better minister not only to our children and youth, but also to their parents and caregivers? How does this fit into congregational life as a whole, not just on Sunday morning? Yes, I’m excited about what I’ll learn and eager to bring new ideas, or better versions of old ideas, back to Heritage.