Happy November UUCW!
Marsha Thrall, Religious Education Coordinator

The holiday season can be overwhelming. Spending time with family and friends is meaningful, and rewarding, and chaotic all at the same time.
The holiday season also provides us with an opportunity to live out, in a deep and meaningful way, the seven principles which work to light the moral and ethical path which UUs walk.

I’m humbled to be joining UUCW during this holiday season, and excited to share some of the ways in which Religious Education will strive to live out the principles that guide us as a community, especially during this busy, chaotic, joyful holiday season.

First, in working towards living into the UU principle of “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” I am encouraging all families who are participating in Religious Education programming to help during the “Campus Clean-Up” day planned for November 3, 2018. Campus clean-up is an excellent opportunity for families to contribute to the overall well-being of the UUCW community, while lovingly caring for the creation that surrounds our campus.

Next, as UUs, ideals of respect, equity, acceptance, and encouragement are integral parts of our practices of faith, as gift-giving holidays approach, middle school students in our “Call to Justice” group will be exploring how “shopping local” and “shopping Black” can help uphold these community building principles of UU faith. Our explorations will take us to Clock Shadow Creamery www.clockshadowcreamery.com/ and Sherman Phoenix www.shermanphoenix.com/. If you’re interested in learning more about these small local businesses/entrepreneurial laboratories, please contact me.

It would be great if you could join our group as we explore these spaces.

Finally, to help us all slow down a bit, on December 8, the Religious Education Program at UUCW will be hosting a family film/pajama party/potluck featuring a screening of the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” Directed by Morgan Neville, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” explores the life and ministry of Fred Rogers and how “Mr. Rogers” used television as a tool to spread love and compassion while encouraging children to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of themselves and their neighbors.

Both November and December will be a busy time for our community at UUCW — inside of the church, and within our personal spaces. It is my hope that the Religious Education activities planned during the next several weeks will encourage the community at UUCW to continue its “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”

Contact Marsha Thrall, UUCW Religious Education Coordinator.