Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

RE News

Jun 15: RE News

Friends and families,

"How do oysters call their dads on Father's Day?  On a shell phone."

Happy Father’s Day to all the “dad-joke” tellers in our families!

Summer Religious Education

Summer brings a new format for classes in RE. We will be combining ages to provide 2 options for Kids 5-19. Older youth can pick which class they prefer --and change their mind every week!

Nursery: Open to children birth to 10 years old, we offer a loving and stimulating environment for the very youngest in our church family. Our nursery, staffed by paid and trained caregivers, gives our little ones a place to move around and play with people their size! Parents are welcome to stay with their children. King Room (In the Children’s Courtyard)

Makers: Open to youth 5 to 19 years old, Makers will face a different challenge every week! Students will explore their own beliefs about big ideas such as welcome, kindness, courage, and beauty through creations of their own devising. Art, movement, construction, and music will be our inspiration and expression. Servetus Room (In the Children’s Courtyard)

Topic: Kindness. Youth will have the choice between Acting and a Service Project. This week we will also start our Kindness Gardens as we plant seeds and see what grows.

Leaders: Open to youth 12 to 19 years old, the Leaders program will explore leadership —their own and that of others —through TED Talks, discussion and service to the Congregation. Emerson Room (The Orange Room in Goddard Hall)

This week we will continue talking about leadership --and being a good follower. The TED Talk titled “How to Start a Movement” by Derek Sievers uses “...some surprising footage, to ...explain how movements really get started.” https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_how_to_start_a_movement?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

Summer RE Support
The key to making the summer RE program work is adults who can lead a session on an area of your own interest! Are you practicing yoga? Do you paint in your free time? Do you attend a drum circle? Do you create model trains? Are you affiliated with a gardening group? ALL these skills and more have a place in Makers. Speciality teachers will be supported by experienced teachers, and can focus entirely on leading their speciality. You and I will work together to figure out how your skills and passions can help students explore the week’s theme. It is a great way to share your interests and inspire others. Thank you!

Postponed --New RE Teacher Training
I will be offering a New Teacher/Substitute training later in the summer, so if you’re interested in teaching in RE, but haven’t contacted me yet, there is still time!

Young Adult Meet Up 

Do you identify as a young adult? Would you like to meet up with other UU young adults? The first one was a smashing success and the group looks forward to many more! To stay in the loop make sure that Janice This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jamili This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has your email or join us on Facebook: by searching Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA).

Parents and Guardians and All People Who Are Doing The Work of Raising ChildrenParenting Club will take a break for the summer months but we’re open to other types of events! If you have an idea or want to plan something, let me know. Join us on Facebook: Parenting Club at UUCT

Upcoming Events and Classes

We’ll have a full offering of activities and programs again in August.

All the best!

Jamili Omar
Director of Religious Education
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson


The RE Council defines the overall philosophy and vision of the RE Program for children and youth and formulates policies to ensure that the mission and goals are effectively implemented. The RE Council is the oversight committee for the RE Program, and in association with the RE staff, motivates, enrolls, and coordinates volunteers.  The general responsibilities of the RE Council are:

  • The RE Council establishes the Policies and Procedures of the RE Program, oversees budget requests and expenditures, sets registration fees, schedules meetings and activities, promotes the mission of the RE Program, and publicizes the RE Program through its activities and through written documents.
  • The RE Council recruits and supports program volunteers including providing appreciation and recognition.
  • The RE Council meets at least quarterly and at other times necessary.
  • The RE Council members will occasionally serve as a Sunday Supervisor when DRE is unavailable.

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