This Week in Religious Education

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

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What to Expect this Sunday

Classes will follow the usual format of children starting in the worship service in the sanctuary, and being "sung out" following a story. This week our Director of Religious Education, Sara Lewis, is away from OUUC, so look for our staff teacher, Anisa Bentlemsani, if you have any questions this week.

At 9:15 there will be one Spirit Play class for preschool-5th grade children. They will have a story about the Flaming Chalice and the 7 Promises that UU's make to each other about how to be in community.

At 11:00 there will be a Spirit Play class for PreK, with the Flaming Chalice lesson described above, a Labyrinth Learning class for 1st-5th grades will be creating their classroom covenant and exploring the different between rules and promises, and the Middle School Group (starting in the youth room right at 11:00) will be meeting with a member of the Ministerial Search Committee.

The High School group is meeting at 12:30 in the youth room, also meeting with a member of the Ministerial Search Committee.

Sunday and Every Day: Taking It Home

Last week's service was our first Family Chapel, about Covenant and asking the question "How Will We Be Together?". Families who attended had the opportunity to write a Family Covenant, discuss their values using jenga blocks, practice listening to each other with a blindfolded lego building activity, and paint a chalice to take home.

If you don't have a family covenant already, you could start with these guiding questions:

  • What kind of family do we want to be? What is important to each of us?
  • What actions and behaviors from other people help you feel the way that is important to you? What can others do to make your home life ideal for you?
  • What can you do to make your home more ideal for the rest of your family? What promises would you make to each other to create that kind of family you want to have?
  • What impact do you want your family to have in the world? What is important to you about the way you live and what it does for community and nature and the world?
  • What about when people mess up or break the covenant? What can we do to return to covenant, make amends, and forgive?

We also learned some hymns, such as this Benediction that we sing at the end of each worship service at OUUC.

Looking Ahead, Sunday September 30th

On Sunday September 30th we will be following through on our covenants and promises to one another with a Service Sunday. There will be age appropriate cleaning tasks for both a sunny day or a rainy day, and other ways to give back to our community, such as making Get Well cards for our members who get sick this year.

9:15 - Spirit Play for Pre-5th grade, The Promises Lesson - what promises (the 7 Principles) do UU's make to each other?

11:00 - Spirit Play for PreK,The Promises Lesson - what promises (the 7 Principles) do UU's make to each other?

11:00- Labyrinth Learning for 1st-5th grade, Service Sunday - how do we care for our community?

Youth groups will not be meeting. Middle School youth will be away at the Puget Sound UU MS CON.

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