During the summer months, the Religious Education Program at All Souls puts on a more informal RE program during the 10:15 service. This is a wonderful time for children to begin to transfer between classes and for those unsure of church to come and explore what we have to offer. During the 2017-2018 Summer, we are focusing on Magnifying Love, taking a closer look at the smaller members of our ecosystem through stories, games, and experiments. Children Kindergarten and up meet in the gym. Preschool class and Nursery childcare are also available downstairs. We hope to see you there!
CRE Registration Information
The 2017-2018 registration form is available here. You must register your child(ren) for all classes, Nursery through High School. You'll find descriptions of the classes here. Ours is a cooperative program, so all parents/guardians must volunteer in some way. If you need a financial waiver, please contact Dolores Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-517-1469). There is no waiver on volunteering.
Welcome from Our Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth
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.
Read on for an RE adventure, as well as helpful information.
~ Dolores Miller, Director of Religious Education
Our Vision and Goals
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.
Dolores Miller, Director of Children's Religious Education (email@example.com)
James Ploeser, Youth (High School) Ministry Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maxine Hillman, Religious Education Assistant (email@example.com)
Jovelina Paz, Nursery Care Provider
Anya Pines, Nursery Care Provider
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 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
Chair, Michele Kuhn (firstname.lastname@example.org), liaison to 9:30 PreK 2/3
Allison Boehm (email@example.com), liaison to 9:30 PreK 4
Amanda Helin (firstname.lastname@example.org), liaison to 9:30 K/1st
Sarah Stockton (email@example.com), liaison to 9:30 2nd/3rd**
Marisa Osorio (firstname.lastname@example.org), liaison to 9:30 4th/5th**
Kim Vitelli (email@example.com), liaison to 11:15 K/1st
Diana Combs (firstname.lastname@example.org), liaison to 11:15 2nd/3rd**
Elyte Baykun (email@example.com), liaison to 4th/5th
Dana Chong (firstname.lastname@example.org), Floating Liaison
**not a committee member
All Souls RE Program Safety Policies
No teacher should ever be alone with one child (unless it’s their own child). If you are the first to drop off your child and there is only one teacher, you must stay until another teacher or child arrives.
We perform background checks on all individuals who work with children and youth.
Children in 5th grade and younger must be picked up after class. They will not be dismissed on their own. Please be mindful of this when socializing after the service.
Healthy sncks are offered, including a gluten free option. Please remind teachers if your child has food allergies.
Children and youth may not leave the church for RE activities without a signed permission form from a parent/guardian.
Teachers are trained on the best route to exit in an emergency. Evacuation drills will be preformed so that the children are familiar with the routes as well. Limited first aid kits are provided in every classroom and a more complete kit is at the front desk.
During the time that parents entrust their children to the RE Program, children and youth must either be in class or with their families in the service.
Expectations for Behavior
In the RE Program, we seek to engage children and youth within an atmosphere of mutual respect and kindness. At the beginning of the church year, all classes create a “Class Covenant,” stating how they will be in community with each other. In order to ensure a safe learning environment for all participants, we expect a method of interacting guided by our covenants. In the event that a child needs help meeting these expectations, the following steps may be taken: verbal correction or sign, removal from group, conversation with the Religious Educator, consultation with parents, parents asked to take part in class.
In the spirit of community, we ask that our children and youth "be present" in class. This means they do not bring books and toys into the room with them, unless it is meant to be used with the lesson. Ideally all children will be present in mind and spirit, but if your child has a special need to bring a book or toy from home, please speak with Dolores.