If you’re a parent or guardian of a child or youth in UUCF’s Religious Exploration program, this is your page for calendars, forms, policies and other resources.
Monthly Family UUpdate
- January 2017 Family UUpdate
- March 2017 Family UUPdate
- April 2017 Family UUpdate
- May 2017 Family UUpdate
- June 2017 Family UUpdate
Calendar of RE events
Subscribe to the online UUCF children/youth calendar: Under “subscribe to this calendar,” (or click on the ical logo at the bottom of the calendar) click on
View a list of activities appropriate for your family or class by using the pull down menu under “All interest groups” to filter for
- Religious Exploration
- Children’s Activities
- Middle School Activities
- High School Activities
- Family Friendly
- Child Care Events
UUCF RE safety policies
- Safety is our first concern. Our policies, procedures and rules all exist to ensure the safety of (y)our children. Please click here to read our Safety Policies.
- All volunteers working in RE classrooms should return the last page of the safety policy to the RE Assistant before teaching. Background checks are repeated every three years.
Guidelines for RE Parents
- RE Parent Guidelines
- Planning an RE Event – all activity, overnight, and field trip leader to guide you in planning, organizing, and leading events with children and youth.
- RE Enrollment Form for Nursery through Grade 12. Includes summer 2017. Includes permissions for on-campus and local events.
Forms for elementary grades
- Children’s field trip permission form – complete for each child attending a field trip.
- Chaperone, advisor and/or driver application form – for those who will be transporting children to and from field trips.
- RE Activity proposal form
- Child dedication request
Forms for Grades 7-12
- Event-specific Youth permission form – complete for each field trip/event
- Youth Con permission form – complete for each youth attending Con
- Chaperone, advisor and/or driver application form – complete for each adult involved in an Youth overnight, off-site activity or field trip.
Rites of passage
- Racial Justice RE Committee. Join families interested in talking about how we are working on racial justice issues in RE. Contact Linnea.
- Talking to Kids About Race
- Which Side Are You On? a sermon by Kenny Wiley
- Everything Old is New Again, The 2015 Starr King President’s Lecture, by Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt
- Black Mamas Matter, by Dr. Janice Marie Johnson and Rev. Qiyamah Rahman
- “This year, in light of the conversations about the need to recenter Black voices and experiences, telling the stories of Black mamas in our Mother’s Day worship services seems particularly meaningful and necessary. Here are two stories written by Black mamas “Who Are My People? A Black Unitarian Universalist on Selma and Ferguson,” by Kenny Wiley
Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture, 2014: “What Did UUs Teach Children During the 1940s-50s That Led Them To Join the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s?“ by Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed
- Love Calls Us On, a sermon by Rev. Bill Sinkford (video below) Our national narrative and our faith’s story present us as both innocent and wise. The facts on the ground tell a more complicated story. What does faithfulness require when the wisdom of the past seems to be failing? What is love calling us to do in these divisive times when innocence is no longer an option?
- 1966 Ware Lecture: Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- A White Privilege Wake-Up Call, by Pat Kahn, Call and Response
Beyond Unitarian Universalism
The Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (video below)
“Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice – and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”
White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
“White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress be- comes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation.”
White Women’s Tears and the Men Who Love Them, by Robin DiAngelo
“As we develop our racial consciousness we learn how to express our emotions in ways that do not continually center whiteness. While we cannot control how our tears impact others, we need to find ways that don’t privilege our immediate emotional needs over the needs of people of color”
Leading Edge Conference 2016, from The Middle Project
materials from presenters at this year’s conference
Leading Edge Conference 2017, (Apr. 28-30)
The RACE problem? We’re not finished! At the 11th annual Leading Edge Conference, we will learn and teach each other the best practical wisdom for movement-making, mingled with theoretical underpinnings and theological reflection.
NEW The Problem with Saying “All Lives Matter,” by Tyler Huckabee, Relevant Magazine
An effort, led by Black Lives Matter activists, to institute sustainable change in policing in the United States. Campaign Zero offers policy changes that will have the greatest likelihood of curbing or even ending police brutality.