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What's New: Religious Education and Faith Development

A new discussion guide (PDF) to the Skinner House book by Susan Ritchie, Children of the Same God, helps Unitarian Universalist (UU) groups explore links among Christianity, Judaism, Islam and our UU religion.

Professional development for UU religious educators is the next Faith Development Office (FDO) webinar topic. Jan Gartner and Jessica York present about opportunities, funding strategies, and more on Tuesday, December 16 at 1 pm Eastern and again on Thursday, December 18, at 9 pm Eastern. Register at

Chalice Children, the UU preschool curriculum, now provides 18 complete "regular" sessions and special, holiday sessions through December. Session 32 is How Many Days Until Christmas? and Session 33 is Winter Lights! Download and use the new, 2nd edition of Chalice Children, by Katie Covey, at no charge.

Does--or could--your congregation do military ministry? Watch the one-hour recording of the November FDO webinar to learn why and how your congregation could welcome servicepeople, veterans, families, and others involved with the military. The Military Ministry Toolkit for Congregations has video clips and a workshop guide to get you started. A recent Beacon Press "UU Reads" selection was Soul Repair: Recovery from Moral Injury After War (Beacon, 2012). Find a study guide for congregations here

Brave love is work for all ages. It can mean standing up to a bully, being an ally to a group of people treated unfairly, or demonstrating publicly for human rights. Explore UU ways to show "brave love" in the Winter 2014 UU World Families pages and on the website of the social justice campaign, Standing on the Side of Love.

A UUA Common Read may be the ideal adult faith development program for your congregation. Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in The Public Square by Paul Rasor (Skinner House, 2012) is this year's Common Read and a UUA Discussion Guide is now available (PDF, 20 pages).

Virtual gatherings for UUs of Color are convened monthly, online, by Jessica York, UUA Faith Development Director, and emerging lay leaders. Adults, young adults, and youth of Color are invited to create community within our faith. Email for more information.

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Last updated on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

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