Category: DRE Blog: Rainbow Principles

Derby’s column

Coming of Age

This month, I wanted to highlight one of the programs for which the Youth and Families (YAF) Committee and I are responsible:  Coming of Age (COA).

COA is a year-long rite of passage for 8th-10th graders.  UUFRC offers COA every two years.  This church year is … read more.

Rethinking Religious Education

At the end of September, I attended Pot of Gold, a one-day conference organized by the Pacific Central District of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (PCD-LREDA). The keynote address was titled “Reimagining Sunday School”.

The presenters recounted trends happening in our society that I also see … read more.

Child/Youth Programming This Year

2018-2019 is going to be an exciting year!  Here’s what’s going on.

Parent Meeting, Sunday, September 16, noon-1 pm in sanctuary

I plan to cover what programming we are offering this year (Sunday school, youth group, OWL, etc.) and what the expectations of participating families are.  Child care … read more.

Youth Events

4/29 (Sun) 10:30 am – 11:30 am.  Assist with Worship Service (9th-12th grade).  Contact Derby if you would like to help.

5/6 (Sun) 10:30 am – noon.  Circle Worship (9th-12th grade).  Meet in back half of Block Room for half-hour circle worship.  We will then enjoy … read more.

Rainbow Principles: Stay In Touch, Stay Informed

 My primary means of communicating about our children’s programming (like Sunday school, events for families, youth group, and Our Whole Lives classes) is through the UUFRC Parents Yahoo group. If you are not a member, please join! Send me an email, and I will send … read more.

Rainbow Principles: Thoughtful Youth

UUFRC recently hosted a weekend-long gathering of Young Religious Unitarian Universalists of the Pacific (YRUUP), a youth-run (with adult supervision) organization for UUs ages 14-20 from around Northern California.  Included in the activities was the election of their leaders for the next year.  Unfortunately, one … read more.

Rainbow Principles: Lessons in Brave Spaces

In early November, I attended the fall conference of my professional organization, the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA). The theme was “Brave Spaces”, a relatively new term meant to indicate the need for all of us to be open to discomfort when discussing difficult topics … read more.

Rainbow Principles: Family and Youth Matters

Healthy Congregation. I recommend everyone read Sarah Gibb Millspaugh’s fabulous article in the October 2017 Unitarian Universalist Association Pacific Western Region (UUA-PWR) newsletter, titled We’re Not the Hotel California. I believe it is relevant to any congregation, but I think it is particularly relevant to us … read more.

Rainbow Principles: Connections

After I finished writing it, I realized the theme of my column this month is connections.

Family Events

To help better connect UUFRC’s families to each other, the Youth and Families Committee is hosting the following events. Please put them on your calendar and RSVP when asked! … read more.