Religious Education Activities
Each week in Religious Education we learn about UU principles and other religious traditions to inform our own spiritual beliefs.
On Sunday, October 9, 2022, we had a coffee hour at Grounds for Thought in Bowling Green. We discussed Halloween plans and uncovered invisible ink messages.
On Sunday, February 12 we discussed our 8th principle and read Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi. We also discussed why our church adopted the 8th principle for our church community.
On Sunday, September 11, 2022, we learned about peace. We made a chart of how to be a Peace Maker and acted out some scenarios to practice peace making in our everyday lives.
On Sunday, August 8, 2022, we learned about gratitude teachings in Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Then, we came up with a list of all the things we were grateful for and made a word cloud of our choices (favorites included mac and cheese, Star Wars, and Minecraft).
From August 13-14, 2022, we held our annual Camp Hog with a Magical Beasts theme. Activities included archery with Wood County Parks, a water slide, animal demonstrations with BGSU Herpetology, and animal folklore lessons with the Toledo Zoo. See our spot on BG Indy News for some footage of the fun!
On Sunday, April 24, 2022, we reviewed the Seventh UU Principle and celebrated Earth Day by playing outside with kites, toys, frisbees, and soccer balls.
On Sunday, May 1, 2022, Noel McCluney served as the DRE substitute. We read "They All Saw A Cat" then discussed the concept of perspectives and played charades to illustrate how people see things differently.
On Sunday, April 17, 2022, we celebrated easter with games, an egg hunt, and hot crossed buns. After learning about Christian beliefs about Easter and the Resurrection, we connected Easter traditions to that story and pagan Ostara traditions.
On Sunday, April 10, 2022, We discussed religions that are of interest to us and how UUs fit into the larger religious landscape of Ohio. (Based on https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/religious-landscape-study/state/ohio/)
On Sunday, April 3, 2022, we made crescent moon suncatchers and learned about why Muslims celebrate Ramadan, a holiday which began around April 1 this year.
On Sunday, March 20, 2022, we celebrated Women's History Month and Ostara by learning about witchcraft, why it is associated with women in our culture, and how witches celebrate Ostara. We made an Ostara altar and blessed eggs.
St. Patrick's Day
On Sunday, March 13, 2022, Sarah Rainey served as substitute and we learned about St. Patrick's Day, what a saint is, and what Catholics believe about saints. We also discussed St. Patrick's day folklore and traditions.
On Sunday, March 6, 2022, we discussed what we want to learn and experience in RE in the coming year, including crafts, religious topics, and seasonal activities.
Annie B. Jordan Willis
On Sunday, February 20, 2022, we learned about UU ancestor Annie B. Jordan Willis and how she helped her community as an educator. The older children made an alphabetical list of things think are important to teach kids.
Designing our Own Flaming Chalices
On Sunday, January 30, 2022, we painted personal flaming chalices that remind us of the light of truth, peace, and love.
The Six UU Sources
On Sunday, January 9, 2022, we learned about the six Unitarian Universalist Sources and reviewed the eight UU Principles. We also learned about the chalice, a symbol of truth and love for UUs, and shared joys and concerns, represented by stones in water
Eight UU Principles in 2022
On Sunday, January 2, we learned about the eight Unitarian Universalist Principles. As a group, the children decided to focus on the seventh principle this year: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Jesus Birth Story
On Sunday, December 26, 2021, we learned about the story of the birth of Jesus and Christianity, a monotheistic, text-based religion. We compared modern celebrations of Christmas with this story and discussed why we celebrate it as UUs.
Create Your Holiday
On Sunday, December 12, 2021, we made our own holidays based on what is important to us. This is based on our knowledge of holidays we studied this year in RE such as Hannukah, Halloween, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, and Diwali.
Hannukah and Flory Jagoda
On Sunday, December 5, 2021, we learned about Hannukah and Judaism, a monotheistic, text-based religion. We sang Flory Jagoda's Judeo-Espagnol song "Ocho Kandelikas" and learned about her life.
On Sunday, November 21, 2021, we learned about Epicurus and his philosphy. We then discussed one thing we do with friends that makes us happy, and one thing we do by ourselves that makes us calm, respectively.
Snow and the Web of Life
On Sunday, January 23, 2022, we learned about how snow is formed and how it contributes to the interconnected web of life of which we are all a part (UU's 7th principle).