Children's Religious Education

CRE registration information

The 2014-2015 registration form is available here. You must register your child(ren) for all classes, Nursery through High School. Ours is a cooperative program, so all parents/guardians must volunteer in some way. If you need a financial waiver, please contact Dolores Miller (dmiller@allsouls.ws; 202-517-1469). There is no waiver on volunteering. 

Welcome from Our CRE Director

Welcome to the vibrant and enriching program that is Religious Education for children, youth and families at All Souls! Our mission, in alignment with that of the church at large, is to provide a diverse, spirit-growing, justice seeking community. We do this through meaningful lesson themes, dramatics, hands-on and physical activities, and open conversations. In addition to classes, there are many family friendly events, as well as opportunities to enrich our connections with the family of All Souls Church. Welcome, one and all, to our Unitarian Universalist religious community.

As you may be aware, during our major building renovation, the physical environment is ever changing and not always ideal, but our spirit and mission remain solid. So read on for an RE adventure, as well as helpful information.

~ Dolores Miller, Interim Director of Religious Education

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Religious Education Program is to:

  • Encourage and support our children’s spiritual and ethical growth;

  • Provide an open, safe, and compassionate community;

  • Offer young people a place to explore Unitarian Universalism and other faiths;

  • Support a natural development of religious faith based on direct experience.

Classes

    9:30 service

  • Nursery: Babies to 2 years —Two professional caregivers provide supervised play in the Nursery for toddlers and babies. Remote hearing devices to listen to the service are available for parents who choose to stay in the Nursery. Vibrating pagers are available to enable the CRE staff to contact parents in the Sanctuary.

  • Preschool: 2’s and Younger 3’s, and Older 3’s and 4’s — This year exploring Unitarian Universalism using the curriculum, “Celebrating Me and My World.” This program provides preschoolers with experiences and opportunities to grow in their sense of trust and caring and to develop their self-identity and sense of connectedness with all of life.

  • K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th — This year for the first time we will be creating a Theme-based Curriculum. Every month ASC has a Spiritual Theme, which is explored in various ways during the services in the Sanctuary. We will be using these same Themes in Religious Education with the K-5th grade classes. Each week in Children’s Chapel (see Page 6) a story is introduced which pro-vides the basis for class discussion and activities. This is an opportunity to have your Sunday experience translate into family conversations and activities (see page 11, “Taking it Home).

  • While we’re under construction, these groups will meet together in the Gym on the lower level. There are designated check-in areas for each age group. After gathering for Children’s Chapel, they self-select from various activities offered. When we are back in individual rooms, classes will begin in rooms by age group, then after gathering for Chapel, they will return to those class-rooms.

  • Middle School: 6th-8th grades: NEW CLASS @9:30: Exploration of World Religions with monthly field trips. Signed permission forms are required for participation. This class will temporarily continue to gather in Pierce Hall and walk across the street to have class at La Clinica del Pueblo.

11:15 service

  • Nursery: Babies to 2 years — Refer to 9:30 am description.

  • Preschool: 2’s, 3’s and 4’s — This class is combined at 11:15 am. Refer to 9:30 am description.

  • K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th — Refer to 9:30 am description.

  • Middle School: 6th-8th grades — Refer to 9:30 am description.

  • High School Youth: For its 9th-12th graders, All Souls offers a unique and empowering religious education opportunity. With support from adult advisors, the youth are challenged to take on responsibility for their own learning experience. They select their own methods and topics for spiritual exploration, and are held accountable for cultivating an inclusive community environment rooted in the Seven UU Principles. Activities include community service, social action, overnight excursions, student-led classroom discussions and much more.

    The All Souls Youth Group meets during the second service throughout the normal church year. Its activities and performance are monitored by the newly constituted Youth-Adult Committee (YAC), in consultation with the lay-led Religious Education Committee. The YAC includes appropriate All Souls staff (Youth Ministry Coordinator and/or Director of Religious Education) as well as Adult Advisors, but its business is conducted and led by the youth themselves.

    Every two church years All Souls offers a Coming of Age program for its 9th and 10th grade RE students. This class serves as a capstone for UU faith development, culminating in a youth-led worship service in which students present their own beliefs (Credos) and are recognized as full members of our faith community. The next Coming of Age class will be offered during the 2015-16 church year.

    The All Souls Youth RE program additionally offers Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education programming. Open to all 10th-12th graders, Senior High OWL is offered every other year, opposite the Coming of Age program. Senior High OWL will be offered this church year (2014-15) during the winter and spring months.

    To find out more about All Souls Youth Religious Education programming, contact James Ploeser, Youth Ministry Coordinator, at jploeser@allsouls.ws

  • Our Whole Lives (OWL): Human Sexuality Program. This class equips participants with a grounded, holistic view of sexuality and sex. OWL not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. This year OWL will be offered for 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders, sometime in late winter/early spring. Days and times TBD.

 

Religious Education Committee

The Religious Education Committee embodies congregational responsibility for the religious education for children and youth by articulating directions and supporting the professional and volunteer staff in realizing the goals of the program.

Meeting once a month with the Interim Director of Children's Religious Education, committee members articulate the direction and design of the religious education program by listening to parents and congregants, planning and implementing religious education events, supporting training sessions, and working with other adults in the wider congregation to build a religious community. 

All Souls Religious Education Committee Liaison to—

Co-Chair, Anne Herr (herranne@gmail.com)

Co-Chair, Jen Abercrombie (abercrja@gmail.com) 9:30&11:15 Middle School

Evan Baker (inthepines@hotmail.com) 9:30 preschool

Marah Stets (mstets@me.com) 9:30 K-1st

Jody Feldman (jodyfeldman@verizon.net) 9:30 2nd-3rd

Hillary Wicai Viers (hillw2568@aol.com) 11:15 K-1st

Stephanie Aduso (stephanie.aduso@gmail.com) 11:15 preschool

Lucy Summers (teach.kids2@verizon.net) 11:15 2nd-3rd

Carolyn Fowler Smith (clfowlersmith@comcast.net) 9:30 4th-5th graders

Jennifer Keller (banjojill@gmail.com) High School

Lowell Ungar (ungar@takomavillage.org) 11:15 4th-5th graders