This Week in Religious Education

What is happening for children, youth, and families at OUUC

Family Chapel This Sunday

This Sunday will be the first offering of a new program we are introducing this year: monthly Family Chapels. The intention is to create a worship experience for all ages, and give families a shared experience that they can take home with them: hymns, rituals, spiritual practices, and even practical hands on elements.

Chapel will have some whole group time, and also include "worship stations" that families can move around and visit and experience. This month's theme is Covenant, so families will be exploring their underlying values, practicing listening skills with one another, creating a chalice they can take home for family chalice lightings, and/or writing a family covenant.

Chapel will begin right at 11:00, so come straight back to Classroom 4 rather than beginning in the sanctuary. All ages begin together, and then the Middle School group will exit to go write their own group covenant, and the pre-K kids will have the option to exit to their Spirit Play class for work time (or may stay with their families, whichever is right for them).

While this experience is designed for families, no child will be turned away who attends alone and we will have volunteers in the classroom. So if parents need or want to be in the main worship service, we can work with that as well.

Sign-in sheets will be located in the RE hallway this week.

High School Group Planning Meeting, 12:30-2pm

All High School Youth are invited for Pizza and Planning with the DRE this Sunday, 12:30. We will be choosing and calendaring youth group activities, so come have your ideas and your voice heard!

Sunday and Every Day: Taking It Home

Last week's service was for All Ages, featuring our annual Water Ritual. The story was "The Water Bearer's Garden (similar to that in this video), and had the take away message that "in one way or another, we are all cracked pots. When we work together, even our flaws can become strengths."

What are you bringing to our community? What do you perceive as "flaws" that you bring? How could those flaws be, in fact, an unexpected gift to the community?

Looking Ahead, Sunday September 23rd

On Sunday September 23rd our Director of Religious Education, Sara Lewis, will be away from OUUC. Our staff teacher, Anisa, and the volunteer team will still create great programming:

9:15 - Spirit Play for Pre-5th grade, "The Flaming Chalice Lesson"

11:00 - Spirit Play for PreK, "The Flaming Chalice Lesson"

11:00- Labyrinth Learning for 1st-5th grade, creating the classroom covenant

11:00- Middle School Group for 6th-8th grade, meeting with the Ministerial Search Committee

12:30- High School Group meeting with the Ministerial Search Committee

Our Whole Lives for 7th-8th Grades Parent Orientation (Mandatory)

Wednesday, Sep. 19th, 6:30-9pm

2315 Division Street Northwest

Olympia, WA

Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive, holistic, values-based sexuality education program. Learn more at:

This year the 7th-8th grade program will be offered on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm. It is a school-year long program. All 7th and 8th graders (or the homeschooled equivalent) are welcome, whether or not they attend OUUC or are Unitarian Universalists. Class size is limited to 16 participants, email to reserve a spot.

Parents or legal guardians must attend the mandatory Parent Orientation or make arrangements in advance to meet with our Director of Religious Education, Sara Lewis, for a make-up orientation. Dinner will be provided, youth do not need to attend. Contact Sara if you need to arrange childcare.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Yours in Faith,

Sara Lewis, credentialed religious educator, master level

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Summer Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10-1pm. Available by appointment Tuesday-Sunday. Monday is my sabbath day, and I will not answer phone or email as I engage this spiritual discipline of pausing. or

360-786-6383 x. 102