RE Events & Resources


November 11 Religious Exploration Resources

November 11, 2018

This week was Sandwich Day. We ended the sandwich-making a little early this week. That was because we had a large group with us this time, but also by design so that Jonathan Bijur could join us and teach the kids some music. The children and youth have learned their parts for a song that they will sing with the ...

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November 4 Religious Exploration Resources

November 4, 2018

This week's emphasis was on food justice issues. We spoke with the kids about the idea of food justice as a concept. We again pointed out that there are multiple kinds of justice. We asked them to speak about the different kinds of justice they know about and then see how they think food justice fits. We spoke with them briefly about ...

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October 28 Religious Exploration Resources

October 28, 2018

This week, Jon Bassinger-Flores did the Time for All Ages, which was Dia de Los Muertos by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, which you can see here. We looked to build on the elemental theme we've already explored with the water communion and water offerings by here turning our attention to fire. We have recently discussed the origins of the flaming chalice as a ...

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October 21 Religious Exploration Resources

October 21, 2018

This week, we worked to help the children and youth think over everything we've talked about in the last few weeks and think about all the different types of justice there are to consider. For example: social justice, food justice, environmental justice, religious justice, distributive justice, racial/ethnic justice, gender/sex/sexuality justice, occupational justice, disability justice, neurodiversity justice, cognitive justice, immigration justice, ...

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October 14 Religious Exploration Resources

October 14, 2018

This week was Sandwich Day. Kids in the Rainbow Room read, Julian is a Mermaid, which you can see here. The Time for All Ages was read by Bonnie. The book was The Three Questions, which you can see here.

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October 7 Religious Exploration Resources

October 7, 2018

In this coming month, we'll continue and wrap up our first phase of the year. The general theme for the month is the idea of Sanctuary, which, for our purposes, we will also take to include the idea of acknowledging the other. This builds on last month's idea of "hearing/listening" and the work we've been doing on covenant. We are in ...

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September 30 Religious Exploration Resources

September 30, 2018

On this day, we considered the idea of circles of compassion. Over the Summer, we spent a bit of time during the Time for All Ages, as well as in the classrooms, expressing the idea of a "heart world" that can be explored. Just like our everyday world, the heart world is made up of a center and a periphery. ...

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September 23 Religious Exploration Resources

September 23, 2018

On this day, we focused on extending the understanding from last week. This meant, firstly, completing the covenants the different rooms worked on. We also worked to extend the idea of covenant to the idea of active, intentional listening. For the Big Room, the Toolbox of Faith curriculum we've used in the past offers some activities that can help communicate ...

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September 16 Religious Exploration Resources

September 21, 2018

On this day, we focused on establishing the RE Year Covenant in the Big Room and the Turning Tides Room. Most of the young folks will have been through this process before. Working on their Covenant with them multiple times gives us the opportunity to focus a little less on the process (though this is important!) and more on the ...

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September 2nd and 9th Religious Exploration Resources

September 10, 2018

On Sunday, September 2nd, our Time for All Ages focused on the wonderful and hilarious book Click, Clack, Moo - Cows That Type. You can see this book for yourself here: English, Spanish. This book teaches values of mutual respect, kindness, generosity, and, also, organizing for labor rights. The message was a good one for Labor Day. Our older children ...

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Next RE Committee Meeting, Sunday, September 9

August 30, 2018

Our next RE Committee Meeting will be on Sunday, September 9th, at 11:30am in the Big Room. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Geshe Tenzin Chöphel Rinpoche, Sunday, September 2nd

August 30, 2018

We will have a very special RE guest mentor who will help our children and youth gain a deeper appreciation for Buddhism. Geshe Tenzin Chöphel Rinpoche, a young, highly accomplished Buddhist teacher from Land of Compassion Buddha, West Covina, will help our students understand how offering practices can help us develop compassion using the example of the Buddhist practice of water bowl ...

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August 26th Religious Exploration Resources

August 30, 2018

Our August 26th Service featured a Time for All Ages that included the book Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman. You can see a reading of the text with an animated version of the book's beautiful drawings here. He wrote this book for his wife while she was pregnant with their daughter. Originally resistant to sharing the text widely, he eventually agreed ...

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Kuruvungna Springs Clean Up – Saturday, October 6, 9:00 AM

August 25, 2018

The UCLA American Indian Studies Program is organizing a community outreach and volunteer opportunity at the Kuruvungna Springs in West LA. Later in the year, we will be organizing an RE field trip to this location. You can find out more about the site here. This is a great opportunity to get to know the site, to be of service ...

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RE Groundskeeping Event – Saturday, August 25, 7:30 AM

August 24, 2018

Buildings and Grounds & Religious Exploration Work Party Saturday, August 25, 7:30 AM – 12:00 Noon, UUCSC Playground Please join us as we upgrade our wonderful playground and work to prepare the World Room. The Buildings and Grounds Committee, in partnership with the Religious Exploration Team, is holding a Work Party to clean up and reorganize the playground. We’ll start ...

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August 19th Religious Exploration Resources

August 24, 2018

On August 19th, our Sunday Service included a Time for All Ages centered on the book The Little Girl Says Alhamdulillah by Rabia Gelgi. Rabia Gelgi has written a series of Muslim children’s books. This book combines two threads that have been woven into the Time for All Ages throughout the Summer: awareness of Islam and the joy of feeling ...

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