Welcome to UUFEC Religious Exploration
- Welcome Lisa Farley, UUFEC Director of Religious Exploration
Lisa Farley, M.Ed. has returned to UUFEC to once again serve as the Director of Religious Exploration. Lisa lived in Niceville FL from 2004-2008 and during that time was a classroom RE teacher and DRE. Four moves, two states, and one country later, she and her family are excited to return and put down roots in Niceville and this wonderful UUFEC community.
As a parent and educator, Lisa has an understanding of the unique challenges that face our children today. She strives to help parents create a balance and allow children a joyful place to be creative, ask questions, and explore their passions. Lisa looks forward to helping the fellowship continue to build a strong and vibrant program for our children and youth. As one of our common RE chalice lightings states, may all our children be “of the open mind, the loving heart, and the helping hands.”
UUFEC RE registration is open and is now ONLINE! All children/youth birth through grade 12 must be registered to participate in nursery and RE programs. This is our first attempt at going electronic – all feedback is appreciated. Here is the link to register:
Weekly Classes and Upcoming Events
- 2016-2017 Religious Exploration Program for Children and Youth
FIRST HOUR PROGRAMS:
Nursery – Provides nurturing childcare for infants through pre-kindergarten.
Picture Book Unitarian Universalism: Kindergarten to 2nd grade explore our Unitarian Universalist principles through carefully selected picture books which illustrate UU identity. (Piper Room)
See below for date specific details
Harry and UU: Grades 3-5 include fun wizarding activities, but the main purpose of the curriculum is social action. The class forms a chapter of Dumbledore’s army and fights against various Horcruxes. Horcruxes are real world social action projects in our community. (Stage Room)
See below for date specific details
Youth: Middle & high school students are welcome in service. Our youth program meets 2nd hour.
Nursery – Provides nurturing childcare for infants through kindergarten.
Fun in Action – A time of fun and fellowship for our elementary aged children (Piper Room)
Youth Group – Teens meet 3 Sundays per month in the Stage Room
NOTE – all RE programs end promptly at 12:15
- June 21-25, 2017 Plan Now to Send your Teen to General Assembly
General Assembly for the Unitarian Universalist Association is in New Orleans June 21-25. 2017. The Religious Exploration Program would like to support teens attending this program. If your son/daughter is in grades 9-12 and would be interested in attending, please let Lisa Farley, DRE know as soon as possible. Here is a couple inks with some of the educational and spiritual opportunities at this annual convention: http://blueboat.blogs.uua.org/general-assembly-2016/youth-caucus-2016-user-guide-2/ & http://www.uua.org/re/youth/events/gacaucus/faq.
- Sunday, February 12th, 2017
Time is flying! Hard to believe we are into the middle of February. I know there is lots of excitement at my house (with Ella) surrounding Valentines Day. The link below provides some thoughtful, caring ideas for your own Valentine’s celebration:
Here is your RE update:
NURSERY – The weather is warming up and our nursery children are enjoying playtime outside. We have had larger groups these past few weeks and our toddlers/preschoolers are getting to make new friends.
PICTURE BOOK UU (K-2) – Stephanie and Janet will be sharing the book St. Valentine with our K-2 class this week. According to legend, part of Valentine’s Day began in ancient Rome when a kind physician name Valentine took an interest in a young girl who was blind. With his healing skill and his deep faith he restored her sight. What we now call Valentine’s Day began when he sent the little girl a secret message. The story celebrates intergenerational friendship and kindness – both important parts of our UUFEC community.
- RE trip to NOWAL FARMS 3/5/17
Sunday, March 5th our RE children/youth in grades kindergarten and up will have a special outing to NOWAL FARMS. RSVP by 2/26 IS REQUIRED. Questions? Contact Lisa Farley, DRE.
Lisa Farley, Director of Religious Exploration
Stephanie Marshall, Chair, Religious Exploration Committee