The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds irresistibly on others, but to stir up their own;
Not to make them see with our eyes but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own;
Not to form an outward regularity but to touch inward springs;
Not to impose religion upon them in the form of arbitrary rules, but to awaken the conscience, the moral discernment, so that they may discern and approve for themselves what is everlasting, right and good.
William Ellery Channing
The Lifespan Religious Education Committee provides classes for all ages designed to foster spiritual growth through increased knowledge of self, others and the wider community. We strive to create engaging educational experiences that nurture a sense of belonging and inspire a passion for putting our Principles into action.OUR WHOLE LIVES
“To offer sexuality education in a congregation is to acknowledge that sexuality is simply too important, too beautiful and too potentially dangerous to be ignored in a religious community.”
--Rev. Cynthia Breen
Pilgrim Congregational Church and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bozeman together offer Our Whole Lives to children and adults in our congregations. Our two denominations collaborated to create this many level comprehensive sexuality education program. Our Whole Lives trained facilitators provide accurate information for families and congregations to support learning about sexuality and healthy decision-making in affirming and positive settings.
Four levels of Our Whole Lives are designed for children in grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12; programs are also available for Young Adults and Adults. Contact Laura Mentch at 586-2132 for more information, or visit http://www.uua.org/owl/ to learn more about this wonderful educational program.
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Groups and Classes Planned for 2013-2014
ATTITUDINAL HEALING -Attitudinal Healing is a psycho-spiritual healing process that addresses the healing of grief, anger, guilt and other “negative” emotional responses to life's events. It is a practical way of learning how to choose and maintain an attitude of love and peace regardless of what is happening in one’s life. Dr. Susan Trout in her text on Attitudinal Healing, To See Differently, states “This book is not about learning how to control or change outer events and people. Rather it is about healing our mind and changing our perceptions of these events and people…. about healing our attitudes about ourselves, our relationships, events and situations, and feeling a calling to serve others as natural extension of that healing.” Edy Harrington, who has been studying, practicing, and teaching Attitudinal Healing since 1988, states, “Attitudinal Healing saved my life, helping me move through the pain of grief to the light and joy of living, from the chaos of difficult relationships to the peace and acceptance of all in my life.” Edy will offer another series of four classes in Attitudinal Healing in October 2013.
POWER OF WE WISDOM SCHOOL- (Power of We is a coalition of three congregations, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bozeman, Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC, and Congregation Beth Shalom.) This Fall we will welcome Kabir Helminski as our Guest Presenter. The topic is: A Journey with Rumi. He will be with our three congregations and the Bozeman community from Nov. 8 - 10. Kabir Helminski is the author of The Knowing Heart: A Sufi Path of Transformation, and Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self. Kabir Helminski is the Co-Director of the Threshold Society (sufism.org), a non-profit educational foundation that has developed programs that provide a structure for practice and study within Sufism and spiritual psychology. He has translated many volumes of Sufi literature, including many works of Rumi. His most recent book is Love's Ripening, Rumi and the Journey of the Heart. The Class leading up to the Journey with Rumi weekend meets on: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5. Each class meets from 7 to 9 p.m. The clergy from the three congregations will each lead 2 sessions. Contact: Rev. Nina Grey, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
SPIRITUAL PLURALISM PROJECT-The Spiritual Pluralism Project is a way to embody that interconnected web of belonging and seeking within a diverse faith community. It invites congregants to bring their whole selves and expect a full welcome. It encourages a deeper seeking and growing in spirit and more profound understanding of and acceptance of one another than is sometimes found within our UU communities. Many UUs want to draw from more than one path and are enriched by the eclectic nature of many UU congregations. Some want to explore one path deeply and then perhaps another. Others will want to grow in a sustained way from one path. Embracing spiritual pluralism with a project like The Spiritual Pluralism Project increases our choices. It encourages our members and friends to respect and learn from each other as we move toward a more radical hospitality than we have known, deepening our members’ diverse spiritualties while sustaining the unity of our congregation. Our Fellowship has five spirituality groups. We use a small group ministry model, wherein each group has a chalice lighting, a time for check in, a covenant for how they will be together, and time for sharing. The groups are: UU Buddhist, UU Christian, UU Earth-Based Spirituality, UU Humanist, and UU Mysticism. UU Buddhist Group The UU Buddhist Group explores ways that Buddhist teachings can inform our Unitarian Universalist faith, and we practice meditation techniques to help us deepen our spiritual lives. UU Christian Group If you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens. Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. We plan to explore Jesus's vision of how love manifests itself in the human experience. The Gnostic Gospels (Mary, Philip) will be critical in this exploration of the real meaning of Christ. The group explores the various ways that Christian teachings inform our Unitarian Universalist faith. The Christian Pluralism group is reading and discussing the book Creation Spirituality by Matthew Fox. Matthew Fox is a former priest and theologian who has written many books on the thesis of Original Blessing and preservation of the planet. The participants agree to a home practice based on issues that come out of the discussion. This is not your ordinary "Christian" perspective. UU Earth-Based Spirituality Group The UU Earth-Based Spirituality Group explores a spirituality rooted in our experiences of connection and interdependence with all life. There will be chances for discussion, reflection, experience, learning, creating ritual, and sharing our own stories. UU Humanist Group The UU Humanists Group explores religious humanism and its impact and future in Unitarian Universalism. The Group is currently studying Rev. William R. Murry’s book, Reason and Reverence: Religious Humanism for the Twenty-first Century (Skinner House, 2006). UU Mysticism Group The UU Mysticism Group explores various strands of mysticism within UUism, world religions and other sources. For further information or to inquire about a group, contact Rev. Nina Grey, email@example.com.
Children develop a sense of belonging and community by regularly attending UUFB Religious Education (RE) classes. We look forward to including your child in our programs. We ask parents to fill out registration forms for their children.
Teams of adult volunteers from the Fellowship teach many of our children’s RE classes. In addition to Fellowship volunteers, three paid staff members teach the preschool and upper elementary classes.
UUFB children’s programming is a co-operative effort. If you would like to help by serving on the Lifespan Religious Education Committee, or if you have a special talent or hobby to share with the children, please let us know.
The Lifespan Religious Education Committee has identified four thematic areas to guide curriculum choices for our children. They are:
~Ensure lessons build on an understanding of the Seven Principles
~Create a sense of belonging in the Fellowship
~Encourage social justice and community service opportunitiesp>
SUNDAY MORNING SCHEDULE
9:45 – 10:00 Welcome
Parents fill out registration forms
10:00 Service beginsChildren attend the beginning of the service with their families, participating in the Chalice Lighting, Opening Hymn, and Story for All Ages.
10:20 – 11:10am Children attend their Religious Education classes11:15 Service Ends
CHILDREN AND YOUTH CLASSES
Selections from “Celebrating Me and My World” are gently introduced in order to expose our little ones to UU Principles through hands-on activities.
“Love Surrounds Us” explores all the Seven Principles in the context of Beloved Community--family, home, school and neighborhood. The activities emphasize the love we feel in community.
“Mythology for Muggles” teaches the mythological stories behind some of the characters in the Harry Potter books, and relates the stories to UU Principles and/or Sources.
Our youth meet outside Fellowship time to explore social justice opportunities, and participate in community service activities, while refining their own beliefs and character traits.
Children of all ages gather on the first Sunday of every month for children’s chapel. This is a time when the children learn songs, practice service etiquette, have a brief lesson and participate in UU rituals. For many, the highlight of chapel is the children’s offering; every spring the children vote on which local nonprofit they choose to support with the money they have contributed over the course of the year.
SCIENCE, RELIGION AND THE HUMAN CONDITION-
SCIENCE, RELIGION AND THE HUMAN CONDITION-
The Adult RE Committee is seeking leaders for classes in the areas of Small Group Discussions on Big Topics, the History of Unitarian Universalism and religion generally in relation to philosophy and theology, and Environmental Concerns. These and other possible new topics will be based on a survey last year and other sources.
Many of our curricula are from the UUA Tapestry of Faith On-Line Curricula. Feel free to peruse their offerings for UUs of all ages here.