It’s hard to believe that I am writing my last RE News column for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland.  I am grateful for my time as Director of Religious Education over the past four years- for our connections, our learning together, our shared meaning and justice- making. I especially treasure the opportunity I have had to walk with the children and youth through their growing and becoming. In June we celebrated Religious Education Sunday, Coming of Age, Bridging, and a Membership Ceremony. We marked life passages and celebrated growth. One of the miracles of RE is that as teachers and mentors we grow and become right alongside our young people. Over the past four years, our lives have grown together. I will miss you all.


Officially, my final Sunday at UUCR will be July 28th. In September I will begin an eighteen month ministerial internship at the UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco. While my time with UUCR draws to a close, I leave the Religious Education program in good hands with a strong RE Committee to support the transition. Here are some of the exciting things we have in store over the summer and beyond:


●       LGBTQ+ Workshop on June 30th- 12-1 PM: The UUCR Youth will lead a workshop on LGBTQ+ definitions and pronouns to help us become more inclusive.  This is a coming of age social justice project created and led by youth. All are welcome to join!


●       OWL Parent Orientation on August 15th- 7:30-9PM:  Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Orientation-- For Parents of Youth Ages 10-12 (or Grades 5-7) Led by OWL Teaching Team- Jane Cowan, Rachel Rosenthal, and Ken d’Oronzio.

●       Although we do not have RE classes over the summer, children and youth are welcome to join the services. We also have childcare available in the nursery, and special activities planned some Sundays (like stencil and paint your own worship-to-go-box on June 30th!).


Beginning Fall 2019!

●       Grades K-4- Wonderful Welcome- How and why we are willing to welcome others into our lives?  We welcome not only strangers, but family, our peers, our neighbors and even our animal friends and nature itself.

●       Grades 5-9- Lodestone: Magnetize Your Middle School! - Units in Unitarian Universalism and Race explore topics with meditation, skits, science, social nights, arts and crafts, and games. (OWL for ages 10-12 will be held once a month during RE Time. Children not enrolled in OWL will participate in an All-ages activity)

●       Older Youth will attend services, assist with RE, and participate in leadership activities and youth group.


Everyone is invited to sign up to teach and assist next year. Sign-up sheets are on the worship room table. Let’s continue to keep RE strong at UUCR for the next cohort of children and youth!


In faith,


Director of Religious Education

Terri Pahucki