Former Director of Religious Exploration (DRE)
Longtime professional educator and UUCF member Linnea Nelson served as UUCF’s director of religious exploration from 2012 to Oct. 1, 2017.
She was devoted to leading Religious Exploration for our families by offering opportunities to engage in RE classes as well as social justice and community-building activities that support faith development, spiritual practices, worship, and service opportunities.
As the DRE, Linnea collaborated with the RE Committee and teachers to create an engaging RE program. She was part of developing a sequence of curriculum that supports the spiritual and faith development from birth through high school. She created workshops that brought congregational service and advocacy activities into the life of RE. Her goal was to bring meaningful opportunities to the program for our children and youth to engage in life as a UU.
Linnea was also an active congregant for more than 20 years and a UU for more than 25. She contributed to the RE program as a teacher, RE committee member and teacher trainer focused on making learning more meaningful. She has co-taught the “Building the World We Dream About” curriculum in support of welcoming diversity and dismantling racism. Linnea also served on UUCF’s Board of Directors, Nominating Committee and RE Committee. Professionally she was head of school at the Auburn School and served as an administrator at Flint Hill School, an independent day school in the DC area.
Linnea has a master’s degree in school psychology and undergraduate degrees in education and business. Linnea and her husband, Ted, is also a UUCF member, are planning a move to Florida for Ted’s work, by the end of 2017. Their two adult sons, Joel and Nick, were raised in the UUCF RE program.