A Message from Dave Cicero, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Welcome! Now that I’m settling in (a bit) in my position, I would like to welcome you back to the start of another fabulous church year at UUCW. In my career, I have often heard parents of students say, “Wow, I wish I could be in that class!” Well, read on for your opportunity to learn….

Inspire! Sunday RE classes for children and youth are about to begin on September 8, and we’re still looking to staff some teaching positions. You do NOT need to be a parent of an RE student to be a teacher (although parents ARE asked to contribute time in some way…) And you do NOT need to be an expert in a particular subject, either. RE teachers work with a partner (which is why it’s so important for us to fill these spots!) to lead a class of 10-15 students through an experience about 6-8x/year. A structure to follow already exists. Really, the only requirement is a caring and empathetic manner with young people.

According to many experienced teachers of RE, this role is informative, inspiring and, in many cases, can be transformational. You will learn and connect with the subject matter, but also with a) our children and youth (the “lifeblood” of a congregation), and b) your own UU beliefs—perhaps in a new and profound way. Sound like something you need? Please contact me for more information.

Connect! If working with other adults is more up your alley, please let me know what talent, knowledge, or question you might be interested in exploring this coming year. Offerings for Adult RE are still (always) being planned and scheduled. If you’d rather “volunteer” someone else to lead a workshop or classes, I also welcome that information. Please forward to me suggestions, and check your communication tool of choice [eNews? WestWind? Website? Word-of-mouth?] for the most up-to-date opportunities. Then, plan to meet others with similar interests—or talk a friend into joining with you!

Register! The best way to make sure we’re setting up the best Child/Youth RE program possible — and communicating with families effectively — is to register your kiddos. If you haven’t already, please do so here. If you have, thank you! And “stay tuned” for ways in which you can help the RE Transition team shape the RE program of our future.