October News from Naomi

Naomi Yoshida, Director of Religious Education

Welcome back and welcome home!!

While autumn has been merely teasing us with morning coolness, changing colors and rustling leaves, the autumnal equinox definitely signals that fall is here! This month October becomes Socktober!

Children have been returning back to school in person, and the same holds true for our RE program which resumed in person with the Faith in Action Backpack Project.

Here are a few fun numerical facts from August and September: 100 toiletry kits for unhoused teens; 182 brand new backpacks and 505 pairs of brand new socks for homeless youth; and we digitally cataloged 606 books in the RE Library! Thank you everyone for your generous donations! We’ll be providing the Bethune Transitional Center with more new backpacks and supplies again in the winter.

As we gently return to our church space, some things remain the same and others may differ. Something the same remains guiding our children and youth on their spiritual journeys. Youth will be engaging in curricular classes, Faith in Action, Youth Chapel, Spiritual Practices and multi-generational worship.

Our classes this year are partly shaped by worship themes explored in the congregation.

• Our Preschool – Kinder class are learning through Spirit Play, stories that present larger issues of inclusion, welcoming, and our eight principles in an easy to understand format. For the moment they are gathering in the small play yard, behind the Chalice Building.

• Our First to Fourth Grade youth are exploring UU Superheroes, thoughtful and wise women and men that contributed to the formation of our faith tradition.

• Our Fifth to Seventh Grade youth have embarked on Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justicemaker, which includes activities to awaken awareness, compassion, courage, and what it means to see injustice and take action to correct it.

• Our Eighth to Twelfth Grade youth are learning skills to Be The Change! Building a Multicultural, Anti-Racist Beloved Community. This curricula is rich with multimedia and deeply involves youth in the implementation of our 8th Principle.

It is with joy that we are gathering in community again, let us continue to be mindful and thoughtful of one another’s comfort!

Let us be mindful and thoughtful that we are all learning to be in community again!

Blessed Be,

Naomi

All month we are collecting donations of new socks. All sizes, especially mens and womens socks for older teens. Please place socks in the cauldron by the RE cart on Sundays.