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Publication of the UU preschool program, Chalice Children, as an online Tapestry of Faith program in its new, 2nd edition, by Katie Covey, is underway. Currently, religious educators can access the program Introduction, the first two units (Sessions 1-16), and Session 30, Halloween. This program is provided to download, adapt, and use in your congregation at no charge.

Explore military ministry's possibilities in your congregation. FDO will offer a webinar to introduce The Military Ministry Toolkit for Congregations (PDF) and the companion 23-minute video on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 1 pm Eastern and, again, on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 9 pm Eastern. To register:

Encounter wonder and awe by exploring rocks together as a family or with a multi-age congregational group. Find activities and inspiration in the Fall 2014 UU World Families pages and read Kari Kopnick's blog post, "A Rock, the Earth, the Universe, and a Child's Biggest Questions."

Professional development opportunities for Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious educators will be the topic of the December, 2014 Faith Development Office (FDO) webinar. Jan Gartner and Jessica York present on Tuesday, December 16 at 1 pm Eastern and again on Thursday, December 18, at 9 pm Eastern. Register at

Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in The Public Square (Skinner House, 2012) is the 2014-15 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read, and a UUA Discussion Guide is now available (PDF, 20 pages). A Common Read may be the ideal adult faith development program for your congregation. Read why and how to do this year's Common Read. Book author Paul Rasor is director of the Center for the Study of Relgious Freedom and a professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan University.

The Beacon Press "UU Reads" selection for November, 2014 is Soul Repair: Recovery from Moral Injury After War (Beacon, 2012). Find a study guide for congregations here

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 Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

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