• Coming of Age

    November 30, 2018 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 one of those ... more...
  • Rethinking Religious Education

    October 17, 2018 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 here at UUFRC: Families ... more...
  • Have Sex Talks with Kids Early and Often

    September 22, 2018 Talking to your kids about sex is important, even if they don’t welcome the conversation. https://www.salon.com/2017/10/15/having-the-sex-talk-early-and-often-with-kids-is-good_partner/ more...
  • Child/Youth Programming This Year

    August 29, 2018 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 (with snacks) will ... more...
  • Why LGBTQ Inclusive Sex Education Is So Important, Experts Say

    August 20, 2018 The Our Whole Lives classes offered at UUFRC are all LGBTQ inclusive.  Why is this important?  See the link below. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/lgbtq-sex-ed-important more...
  • Asexuality & TV

    May 14, 2018 Asexuality is still hugely misunderstood. TV is slowly changing that. TV is gradually making room for more asexual characters — but few shows are up to the challenge. https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/3/26/16291562/asexuality-tv-history-bojack-shadowhunters-game-of-thrones more...
  • Youth Events

    April 25, 2018 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 some “hanging out” ... more...
  • Rainbow Principles: Stay In Touch, Stay Informed

    March 30, 2018  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 you an invitation. ... more...
  • Rainbow Principles: Thoughtful Youth

    March 1, 2018 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 person wrote some ... more...
  • Rainbow Principles: Making Space for Youth Group

    February 1, 2018 On a recent Sunday morning, I was talking with some of our high school youth about how we might increase the number of people we have attending our activities. To my surprise, one of them said that parents should make their children come to youth group, at least ... more...
  • Rainbow Principles: Lessons in Brave Spaces

    January 2, 2018 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 so that honest ... more...
  • Rainbow Principles: Family and Youth Matters

    November 1, 2017 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 in this time ... more...