“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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]