May 2022— News from Naomi

Naomi Yoshida, Director of Religious Education

The land is in full bloom and excitement abounds!

Our first exciting news is welcoming our new Nursery Caregiver, Alegria Zuluaga, to our UUCLB family! While we were all so patiently waiting, I think you’ll agree that Alegria is “practically perfect in every way”! She brings lots of experience, as well as lots of heart, to our littlest ones. They are lovingly nurtured in their first ‘church’ experiences inside Room 4. Welcome Alegria!

Last month, Francisco, Ronin and I represented UUCLB as we offered a morning Worship service at the UUA “Finding Our Way Home” retreat for UU Religious Professionals of Color. It was an overwhemingly rich experience that I hope to find my way back there year after year!

Time For All Ages, Youth Chapel, Faith in Action and curricular classes rounded out our April Sundays. Children and youth were able to ground themselves as they tilled and planted in the rich soil of our Native Garden. Cheerful California poppies and vibrant Monarch butterflies surrounded us all.

For the safety of our littlest ones, and those with fragile family members at home, teachers and youth will continue to be masked whether indoors or outdoors regardless of vaccination status.

Our beloved Beltane is back on May 1st! Beltane celebrates the earth’s awakening, and the promise of bounty and rich harvests to come. Children and youth will hear a “nurturing beauty” story inside Wylder Hall, and then will cavort amongst the fields and trees of our campus. Our activities are tied to the elements, air for the Wishing Tree and Faery houses, creating floral headbands from earth’s bounty, and more! After service is out we will gather round the Maypole to bind together our intentions for the year ahead. Come one, come all!

Join us on Mother’s Day weekend for a Child Dedication to be held during worship followed by May’s Faith in Action where chldren and youth will assemble toiletry kits for homeless teens.

Be sure to come to the Youth-led Worship on May 15th. Our youth are amazing and relish the opportunity to share their thoughts with you.

Here’s a heads up for future dates. RE Sunday and Bridging Ceremony is a week earlier on June 5, Tie Dye Day is June 12 and LB Pride Parade is July 10th!

Please be sure to join us all month as we make merry!

Blessed be,

Naomi

Sunday Mornings for Children and Youth

May 1 — Time For All Ages in Worship, Beltane festivities and Maypole
May 8 — Child Dedication in Worship, Faith in Action: Toiletry Kits for Homeless Teens
May 15 — Youth-led Worship service
May 22 — Curricular Day
May 29 — Curricular Day — RE Sunday prep

If you, or if you wish your children to be notified to attend, register below or send an email to our Director of Religious Education. 

To register your child(ren) or youth for 2022 Religious Education, download, fill out the form below and drop it into the mail OR Download the Religious Education Registration Form (pdf)  

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Contact the Director of RE: Email