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Religious Education Activities

Each week in Religious Education we learn about UU principles and other religious traditions to inform our own spiritual beliefs.

Peace

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.

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Gratitude

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).

Hogwarts Camp

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!

Earth Day

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.

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Perspective

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.

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Easter

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.

Ohio Spirituality

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/)

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Ramadan

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.

Ostara

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.

an altar with flowers, a candle, and purple, green, and blue toys
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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.

RE Brainstorm

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.

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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.

paintings of flaming chalices

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

a chalice filled with water and rocks and a flaming chalice
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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.

a drawing of joseph, mary, and baby Jesus in the manger
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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.

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Epicurus

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 Land

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).