Committees & Teams

Religious Education Council

Committee Purpose

The Religious Education Council, in collaboration with the Director of Religious Education and the Minister, helps maintain a high quality Religious Education Program that upholds the values of Unitarian Universalism in harmony with the goals, policies and procedures for Unitarian Universalist Church West.

Council members nurture particular areas of religious education and collaborate closely with the Director of Religious Education for mutual guidance, support and feedback. Individual working groups are also established as needed, whether for an ongoing project or a special event. Working groups meet either in person, by phone, or via email as needed.

Sample Activities

  • Chair and Core Committee – Work with the Director of Religious Education to create goals and articulate the vision for religious education at UUCW, set priorities, provide coordination for working groups, and communicate with other committees and groups within the church. The Core Committee meets approximately six times per year, or as needed, to report on their areas and to collaborate in the ongoing processes of operating, monitoring and evaluating the Religious Education Program.
  • Curriculum Review and Evaluation – Evaluate and review curricula for appropriateness and effectiveness. Assist with making decisions about which models of religious education to develop and which curricula to offer to which grade levels and combination of students.
  • Social Action Opportunities for Children and Families – Assist with planning social action projects for the various grade levels and classes as appropriate and needed.
  • Multigenerational Special Events – Coordinate and plan family and multigenerational opportunities within and outside of the Sunday school experience.
  • Teen and Youth Support – Work with the junior and high school youth groups to provide opportunities to be connected with and to serve the congregation at large.
  • Classroom Teachers – Although welcomed, classroom teachers typically do not attend the council meetings but instead spend approximately 8 to 10 Sunday mornings per school year with our children and young people creating a sacred space for worship and religious learning utilizing curricula developed or chosen by the Director of Religious Education and the Religious Education Council.

Timeframe

Some activities require years, whereas some tasks are for a one-time project.

Qualifications

Depends on the particular area of religious education chosen.

Reports to

Director of Religious Education

Benefits

  • Experience the ministry of teaching/leading the children and/or youth at UUCW.
  • Learn to work on a team and with partners.
  • Meet other families.

 


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