Family Ministries starts a New Year

Jeffrey Melcher, M.Div. and Director of Family Ministries

Welcoming you and UU
Our year is getting started and we are picking up momentum. The Ingathering ritual was a sweet return and today’s Parent Group “Meet n’ Greet” with Rev Marcus Hartleif brought deeper conversations about the needs of parents and families continuing to create meaningful experiences for them and their children. Connection and relationship to each other and this community kept coming up. Each of wants that sense of belonging and meaning in our lives. Come, make the choice to step into the circle, join hands, and create the meaning that we crave.
Religious Exploration Curriculum this Year:
Wee Ones (Nursery – K1): A homegrown curriculum using the concept of seedlings to engage the wonder and curiosity of this age group and the learning processes for later germination. This is the time to learn just who a UU is, what the seven principles mean in real life, and how they apply to each of us.  For more follow this Link.

New Sprouts class (grades 2-3): Check out this great UUA curriculum we are using with the 2-3 graders: live link –>  Moral Tales <— live link “Moral Tales”, By Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann and Elisa Davy Pearmain, provides children with spiritual and ethical tools to make choices and take actions that reflect their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.

Creative Compassionates (grades 5-7): “Amazing Grace”, by Richard S. Kimball, is another UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum to assist youth in exercising their moral decision-making skills, Amazing Grace LINK HERE.

Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU-grades 8-12): Themes of ethics and moral action are running through all our RE classes this year. Jef Melcher will lead the youth into and through creative discussions in a Socratic style while engaging the teens with current music, exploration of service to others, and examining various spiritual/religious practices. (Fair Trade chocolate sales will continue soon.)

OWL for K-1 +2: We are looking at conducting an Our Whole Lives class for our younger elementary children either this Fall or just over the year in January. An information meeting will be held Oct. 7th.

RE Calendar 

A work in process: Link to several RE calendars. Some people prefer to print a hard copy and put it on the fridge. Pick the info you want and Go for it. I am also now committed to taking this same information and putting it on several Google calendars. You can choose which ones you need to import for your family. I hope this makes it easier to plan and connect.

Help the children feel welcome Sign up to make snack one Sunday. Follow this link, LINK, or just email me. I will tell you all you need to know to help in this small way that makes a big difference to the children and youth.

Unitarian Universalist: Because “love-centered, justice-focused, truth seeker” is even longer to say.
Jef’s work hours: Mondays and Tuesdays are my days off. I have office hours at UUCM Wed and Thursday 10:30-2pm as well as Sunday 9AM-1pm. Friday and Saturday I work from home. Email, phone, and text (415.578.9788) are all fine forms of communication to use.