GA celebrates completion of ‘Tapestry of Faith’

Judith Frediani presented the Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles with an award recognizing her contributions to religious education on Saturday. Frediani was honored in turn for leading the Tapestry of Faith program during Sunday morning's plenary. © 2013 Nancy Pierce/UUA

The General Assembly on Sunday thanked Judith Frediani for her work leading the UUA’s religious education staff in developing the comprehensive curriculum Tapestry of Faith. The Rev. Terry Sweetser, vice president for Stewardship and Development, and Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery praised Frediani’s vision and leadership. Sweetser thanked donors who had contributed to the development […]

Fahs lecture: Race, immigration, and religious education

“Children in the preschool years are generally trying to make sense of what they’re seeing,” including what they’re seeing of racial differences, said Louise Derman-Sparks, a well-known anti-bias educator, who delivered this year’s Fahs Lecture on religious education on Thursday at General Assembly. She said children become aware of differences in skin color in their […]

Building the world we dream about

Dr. Mark Hicks (©Nancy Pierce)

In a three hour workshop on Saturday morning, Dr. Mark Hicks, Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School, gave participants a taste of his curriculum, “Building the World We Dream About.” This program for adults “seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand […]

Talking about immigration with children and youth

Youth at General Assembly (©Nancy Pierce)

Gail Forsyth-Vail, adult programs director of the Unitarian Universalist Association, assembled a panel of three religious educators to discuss how Unitarian Universalist congregations could talk about immigration issues with children and youth. Even though immigration is a complicated issue for adults, said Jessica York, youth programs director for the UUA and one of the panelists, […]

Approved: Amendments pertaining to RE Credentialing Committee

Delegates at Sunday morning’s plenary session approved a series of bylaw changes that clarify the procedures for the Religious Education Credentialing Committee in either revoking or suspending the credentialed status of a religious educator, as well as several other minor administrative changes.

Scholars of color assess Unitarian Universalist history

At a General Assembly workshop titled “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Scholars of Color Assess Our History,” three UU scholars of color spoke about the contributions of people of color and Latino/a and Hispanic people to, and their participation in, Unitarian Universalism. Over a hundred people gathered to hear their remarks on Saturday afternoon.

Faith formation in a multicultural world

During the lunch break today, I was able to sit down and talk with Dr. Mark A. Hicks, the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Hicks delivered this year’s Sophia Fahs Lecture on religious education. I asked Hicks what he saw as the big changes facing Unitarian Universalist religious education […]

Faith formation in a changing world

“People want to connect, but they want to connect in different ways than the way we are all still connecting in worship and adult programs,” said Lisa Elliott, director of religious education of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven, Mass. Eliott was reaffirming the central message of a General Assembly workshop Thursday on the Faith […]

UUA’s sexuality work gets mixed report

The Rev. Debra Haffner, director of the Religious Institute, a multifaith organization formed to advocate for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society, shared her organization’s new report, “Toward a Sexually Healthy and Responsible Unitarian Universalist Association,” with General Assembly participants Friday afternoon. The report is the result of a year-long review […]

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