open minds. loving hearts. helping hands.

Welcome to the Religious Education pages of the UUCLB website. We invite you to explore our pages, ask questions for clarification, and engage in our programming. We believe that the search for truth and meaning is a lifelong search, and we hope that you’ll continue your search with us.

Religious Education holds a central place in the life of this congregation, and we offer classes, events and programs for all ages that are meant to encourage spiritual, intellectual and personal growth and connect to our mission to “inspire and encourage each other in our spiritual journeys.” We look forward to learning with you.

Religious Education programming is presented by a team of volunteers, overseen by the Director of Religious Education and the Religious Education Committee. If you have questions, ideas or suggestions, please contact us.

Youth News from December

Hanukkah • Christmas • Learning New Songs and Sign Language • Inspiring Multigenerational Service

Happy 2020! That really has a nice ring to it!

Youth Chapel in December focused on Hanukkah and was led by Ruth Goodwin and Laura Scully.

Our curricular day on December 8th was an incredibly busy Sunday! A big UU welcome to Qiana Jones, a new RE teacher in the Preschool class. 1st to 4th grade were treated to a Passport to Bolivia AdventUUre, with guest ambassador Debbie Rodriguez. 5th to 8th grade had a “Double Herbology” class. I hope recipients enjoyed their aromatherapy gifts!

After their Religious Education classes, youth rehearsed songs with our Musical Director, Francisco in preparation for 12/15. Coming of Age studied Religion in Literature during the morning session, then enjoyed a pizza lunch before their field trip to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena to study Religion in Art via their Religious Iconography Scavenger Hunt.

This brings us to our collaborative Multigenerational Service, the “Spiritual Practice of Parents & Children,” where Worship, Music and Religious Education teamed together to present a powerful and moving service. Three generations of Goodwins passed the flame to light the chalice. The story The Empty Pot by Demi was the centerpiece of the service. Kudos to the youth and adults who brought this story to life. The large, audible gasp of the congregation demonstrated the enormity of the “empty truth.” Youth were invited to sing with the choir and Evan Pagan was a guest soloist with the Wylder Spirits.

Faith-in-Action was tailor made by youth request to focus on learning new songs, with accompanying sign language, to become a more inclusive community for the hearing impaired. However that was not enough as they also wanted to create posters with a call to action addressing Climate Change.

As we close 2019, it is quite apparent that our youth are passionate advocates of our 7 Principles and will continue to be energized to carry forth their work into 2020.

Here’s to peace, love, and harmony in 2020! Remember to give a smile or a twinkle to others, and of course, a big dose of self-love!

Blessings to all of you,

Director of Religious Education