Director of Religious Exploration (DRE)
Longtime professional educator and UUCF member Linnea Nelson became UUCF’s Director of Religious Exploration in August 2012. She is 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 has collaborated with the RE Committee and teachers to create an engaging RE program. She has been part of developing a sequence of curriculum that supports the spiritual and faith development from birth through high school. She has created workshops that bring the congregational service and advocacy activities into the life of RE. She is always learning and listening in order to provide meaningful opportunities for our children and youth to engage in life as a UU.
As a lay leader at UUCF, Linnea has been an active congregant for almost 20 years and a UU for 25 years. She has 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 has also served on UUCF’s Board of Directors, nominating committee and RE Committee. Professionally she was most recently the Head of School at the Auburn School, and has also 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. She has been a UUCF member for 20 years. Her husband, Ted, is also a member of the community. Their two young-adult sons, Joel and Nick, were raised in the UUCF RE program.