Religious Education Transition News

Religious Education Transition News

2018-11-08T18:31:56+00:00October 30th, 2018|News|

A message from Rev. Suzelle Lynch

When our long-time, much-loved Religious Education Director retired in June 2018, UUCW entered into a new, important Religious Education Transition. I hope to update you regularly as we go through this transition and invite your participation in the process.

To refresh your understanding: Marsha Thrall, our part-time Religious Education Coordinator, came on board here in late summer. The Religious Education Coordinator is an “acting” position, which means Marsha will be with us for one to two years, helping us keep our excellent RE programs running well while we do our “interim work.” Kelly Bognar, our wise and experienced longtime Religious Education Assistant (and our Publications Coordinator), will devote additional hours to the Religious Education program as well.

What is our “Interim Work”? When a longtime Religious Educator leaves a congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Association strongly suggests that the congregation review the religious education programs with an eye toward adjustments, improvements, match with the needs of our families and volunteer culture, etc. There are new models of religious education and family ministry we may want to consider implementing. This means our RE transition will likely be a two-to-three-year process.

The Religious Education Transition Team (RET) will help guide the process. Genevieve Daniels and Kathy Bradshaw have agreed to serve on the RET Team, and we are seeking a few more members. The RET Team has not done much work yet, for we were waiting to hear from our neighbors at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee (who are going through their own RE Transition) about the schedule for some shared expert RE Consultants who will come in to help both congregations. Work with our first consultant, the Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy, will take place on December 8 & 9 in Milwaukee. Please let me know ASAP if you’d like to participate! We also plan to survey RE teachers, parents and guardians of children and youth who are registered for Religious Education, and we will seek the input of older children and youth as well. We hope to hold focus groups in early 2019. Adult Religious Education/Enrichment evaluation will be a separate process.

For more information, to volunteer, or with questions, please contact Rev. Suzelle Lynch.