- What is QUUilt?
- How to connect with QUUilt
- QUUilt this month
- QUUilt classes
- QUUilt volunteer opportunities
In these times of isolation, stress and uncertainty, meaningful connection can recenter and re-engergize us. QUUilt, UUCF’s new take on RE, aims to emphasize Connection over Content by engaging children, families and adults in religious community through fun and fellowship.
QUUilt is a fresh approach to Religious Exploration for these extraordinary times.
QUUilt goes beyond a traditional framework of Religious Education for children by embracing lifelong learning at UUCF and supporting parents, children, youth, adult learners, teachers and volunteers in a connected community.
Sunday morning classes and high school and middle school group activities will continue (virtually), of course. But these “patches” of content are now joined with other new opportunities for connection.
New QUUilt Opportunities for Connection
- Family story time
- Parent conversation groups
- A middle school book club
- Online game nights for 4th-6th graders
- Staff-supported RE at Home.
Possible other new patches include Adult Program classes and small groups geared for parents and young adults and collaboration on activities with other UU congregations like Cedar Lane and River Road, and engaging in justice work at UUCF.
Information on opportunities for connection are shown below and will be shared in the weekly QUUilt Community UUpdate, along with links to register children for online RE classes and to sign up for activities. If you’ve been receiving weekly RE UUpdates, you are all set. If not, sign up here. For questions about QUUilt, contact Director of Religious Exploration Diana Tycer. For middle or high school programs, please contact Courtney Firth.
Come wrap yourself in the warmth of community. Get involved in QUUilt!
- Host a family story time session
- Join a parent conversation group
- Register your child for an RE class
- Be a parent helper in an RE class
- Do RE at Home with your children
- Join Family CartUUns night on Fridays
- Volunteer as a chaperone for an online MS or HS event
- Take an Adult Programs class
- Encourage your youth to attend MS and HS events
- Engage in justice work at UUCF as a family unit
July Message from the Director of Religious Exploration
Happy 4th of July! If you are headed to visit the mountains, beach or extended family this weekend, I wish you safe travels. If you are hanging out at home, I hope you enjoy a restful weekend.
Eighty RE families responded to the Re-Opening Survey last month. If yours was one of them, thank you! The information you provided was extremely helpful. It confirmed some of what we suspected (that more than half of the RE families are feeling disconnected from the congregation and that virtual engagement was problematic for about two-thirds of RE families). But it also let us know that a large majority of households with youth and a solid majority of households with younger children are willing to meet inside with masks and distancing required. This makes in-person RE a viable option, if the Re-Opening Task Force deems it safe. Online RE options will continue to be available for students who do not feel safe returning to in-person classes.
In preparation of fall Religious Exploration, teacher recruitment for youth classes has begun. I am in the process of recruiting volunteer teachers for 6th Grade Our Whole Lives (OWL), 7th Grade Coming of Age, 8th Grade OWL, 9th Grade OWL and High School Youth Group. Follow this link for more information and to sign up to teach. Information about teaching opportunities for elementary and preschool classes will be coming soon.
July is a quiet month for RE (and for UUCF in general). Staff take vacations, focus on administrative tasks and prepare for the new program year. Summer RE takes a hiatus this month, but will continue on Aug. 1. The 4th-6th Grade D’Oh God 2 class still needs parent helpers. Sign up here to help.
|Mon. Aug 2 at 12:00 AM||All Souls Unitarian Music & Arts Summer Camp|
|Fri. Sep 3 at 12:00 AM||All-Congregation Retreat||Big Meadows Lodge & Campground|
This Month in RE
- Jul. 4, 10:30 a.m. – All Souls Unitarian DC with Interim Senior Minister Rev. Kathleen Rolenz
- July 11, 10 a.m. – UUCF with Rev. Christin C. Green
- Jul. 18, 11 a.m. – Cedar Lane UU with Senior Minister Rev. Abhi Janamanchi
- Jul. 25, 10 a.m. – River Road UU with Senior Minister Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd
Families new to UUCF – Enroll your children in RE classes here.
Summer QUUILT Calendar Reminders for Ongoing Groups
Middle School Youth Group – no meetings until September.
HS Youth Group goes to Kings Dominion on Fri., Aug. 20.
- 4th-6th Grade Online Gaming Group – no meetings until September.
Youth-Adult Committee – no meetings until September.
For information about these ongoing groups, please contact Diana Tycer.