September begins a new year in our Religious Exploration (RE) Program and this year we are trying something new. Our RE program will be using curriculum built around a subscription program called Soul Matters — sharing resources with a network of over 150 Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same monthly themes.
Each month will have a different spiritual/religious theme that will be explored in RE throughout the entire month. In September, our theme will be “Expectation” and our children’s RE groups will explore what it means “to be a people of expectation.”
This fall we will also have three separate age groups for religious exploration so we can assure we are using age-appropriate activities for children and youth. Our three groups will be Sparks! — preschool and kindergarten; Flames! — first through sixth grades; and Ignite! — seventh through 12th grades. Watch for more information on how you can help lead and assist in our RE groups!
One of the greatest benefits of using Soul Matters is that children and their parents can explore the same theme together throughout the month. Families can continue their discussions of the themes at home through dinner conversations, car chats, bedtime stories, movies, and books tying into the themes, allowing religious exploration and education to be more than just a couple of hours on Sunday morning.
To help with this, I will be sending out a monthly email with ideas and resources about that month’s theme to weave into your family’s week. These will, of course, be only suggestions. Use them as it works for your family. And if you have ideas to add or something about which you want more information, please let me know.
Religious exploration is going to be great at Heritage!
Won’t you join us?