Teaching Religious Exploration (RE) at UUCF is a wonderful way to meet other families and learn more about Unitarian Universalism. RE is a cooperative program. Each parent or guardian teaches, or is an RE greeter, at least once every 3 years. All of our classroom teachers are volunteers from our UUCF community.
Volunteer opportunities include teaching with a team of three or four teachers for a year, being an RE greeter in the lobby once or twice a month, leading a Workshop for three consecutive weeks, or helping out as a chaperone or for special events. Parents and guardians are also asked to be a class helper three or four times a year for those years when they aren’t a greeter or teacher. If their own child’s class doesn’t need a class helper they are still needed in the other classrooms as volunteers.
Teachers work in teams with opportunities to plan as a group in the summer as well as during teacher training in September and January. We try to set up all teams by Aug. 1 so they can meet with their class liaison to discuss the curriculum and schedule. The UUCF RE program year is about 30 sessions, starting after Labor Day and running until the week before Memorial Day. Generally, each volunteer leads 7-10 sessions, assists 7-10 sessions and has 7-10 weeks off during the year. Teams create their own schedules to work around family activities. We do not hold RE on most holidays (with the exception of Columbus Day and Presidents’ Day weekends).
If you’ve been attending UUCF for at least six months, please plan to join a teaching team as part of your commitment to UUCF and Unitarian Universalism. If you cannot teach, please talk to the Director of RE Linnea Nelson about other ways to serve the RE program. All volunteers are screened (with additional background checks for Our Whole Lives [sexuality education class] and youth teachers and advisors).
If you would like to learn more about teaching our children or youth, please contact:
- Linnea Nelson, Director of Religious Exploration (DRE)
- Melissa Campos-Poehnert, Education Assistant
- Courtney Firth, Youth Ministry Coordinator
Sign up links:
- Sign up to teach 2016-17 RE (now closed)
Workshop Guest Leaders
Workshop is a chance for Grades 1-6 to explore deeply UU identity, sources and themes with guests from our UUCF community. RE teachers and Workshop guests engage our children through activities focused on social justice learning, spiritual practices and artistic expression on special weekends.
- Contact DRE Linnea Nelson to volunteer or learn more
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Teachers
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Three-day training is required for all teachers. The most convenient training for this upcoming RE session is the third weekend in August at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Arlington in Arlington, VA. We offer OWL at Grades 1, 5, 8 and high school.
- Our Whole Lives (OWL)
- Dan Earle
- Linnea Nelson, Director of Religious Exploration
- Youth Ministry Coordinator
RE Greeters welcome visitors, prepare snacks, locate supplies for teachers and spend time with a child that needs some extra attention. RE Greeters are encouraged to volunteer twice a month. For more information on being a Greeter or to sign up for 2016-17.
- Contact Education Assistant Melissa Campos-Poehnert to learn more
- Sign up to be an RE Greeter one or two Sundays a month
The Religious Exploration (RE) Committee is responsible for recruiting RE volunteers, supporting the policies of the RE program and providing human resources for the RE programs. They participate in setting the overall direction of the UUCF RE program for children and youth and provide guidance in choosing curriculum and supporting teachers. The RE Committee reports to the DRE ensure that the congregation’s RE program goals are consistent with the overall congregational mission, vision, values and strategic direction. The committee also works closely with the RE staff to offer guidance and support for program implementation. Please contact any member of the RE Committee with questions or comments: Chair Suzanne Leonard, Tom Crowley, Chris French, Bob Carr, Maria Cox-Leow, Laurie Cunningham, Tessa Grubb and Paula Prettyman.
Youth Adult Committee
Our Youth Adult Committee (YAC) plans events and activities for UUCF’s Youth program. Their primary role is to plan and implement activities, including worship, social justice and class activities, for the 11:15 youth group. Youth Devon Yi and Nicholas Nelson are YAC Co-Chairs.
- Contact our youth ministry coordinator
Special Event Helpers
We keep a list of storytellers, face painters, clowns, musicians, woodworkers, social services professionals and arts and crafts enthusiasts to call upon for special needs and events.
- Contact Education Assistant Melissa Campos-Poehnert to share your talent and availability.