January 2019   
Monthly Religious Education News

January 2019

Lifespan Religious Education

All Souls Unitarian Universalist religious education
nurtures liberal religious discovery and the spiritual development of children, youth, and adults.


Religious Education News from Perry Montrose,
Director of Faith Formation



Perry's Ponderings

In an overscheduled life of overwhelm, how can our family get the spirituality and moments of pause that we want so desperately? How can we create a space to talk about the feelings current events are bringing up for us and process them together? Is there a way to discern my theology further and understand how it relates to being a UU? Can we learn more about faith at All Souls by watching movies, having guest speakers, and hearing the stories of long-time members?

These were some of the questions brought into the circle when we gathered to brainstorm about Adult Faith Formation at All Souls. A thoughtful conversation by a representative group of the congregation resulted in an array of possible offerings. More importantly, the discussion highlighted the life topics, Unitarian Universalist theology, religious questions, spiritual practices, and ways of connecting that Souls want to delve into for personal growth. There will be new opportunities to discern our personal orientation to the world around us and what it means within the context of our Unitarian Universalist community.

The first event will be Faith Friday on February 1 at 5:30 p.m.(see flyer in newsletter). It begins with a meal together and then a forty-minute worship for all ages, followed by programming created for different needs and age groups. Join us for this special evening of spirituality, learning, and community-building.

Please look for the Adult Faith Formation survey poster after services on January 13 and January 27 to add your voice to the potential programs and formats. I look forward to collaborating with you on this community process to expand faith formation for all ages.


January 6: Faith Formation Classes resume (9:30 AM); Youth Group (11:15 AM)

January 13: Building Bridges trip to CT Valley Hindu Temple Society; Adult Faith Formation survey after service

January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-generational Service, No Faith Formation classes or youth group

January 27: Adult Faith Formation survey after service

Thank you to ...

Anna Marchesseault for helping with childcare.

All who worked behind the scenes and on the stage of our Paper Bag Pageant to make it a smashing success, including: Arlene Gundlach, Angela Mock, Royce James-Carnes, Alex Clancy, Kate Treadwell Hill, Carol Bunting, Cathy Smith-Carolan, George Dowker, Maya Desai, Dylan Krishnan, Ginger Newman, Daisy Small, Sorscha Weaver, Julia Helal

Our students who made gift baskets for some of our congregants who needed a little extra support this holiday season and to the families who delivered the baskets and visited with congregants, including: The Helals, Parents, Mocks, Mellos, Veltheims, Clancys, and Franklins.