September 19, 2021 | 2:00 PM
Exploring our religious education heritage with Michele Townsend Grove
Dear friends of the Albany Unitarian Universalist Society,
When there is a transition in religious education leadership, there is also an opportunity to look closely at the role and value of learning in your congregation. I am grateful that your congregation’s leadership sees the value of this time and are willing to engage in the reflection, conversation and dreaming that will benefit the next generation. I am honored to travel with you as a consultant and colleague. I look forward to getting to know you and hearing your stories. Over the next 3 months, I will be with you as a guide – in-person or online- as you explore your congregation’s religious education heritage, current identity, and future. To begin this journey, I will be with you in Albany on September 18th and 19th, I look forward to being with you as we explore your congregation’s lifespan religious education heritage. Of course, this is the plan knowing that COVID’s Delta variant may direct us into other ways of being together.
During this weekend visit, I look forward to being present with you in worship as well offering two opportunities to gather where we can explore your religious education heritage. The first gathering, scheduled for Saturday, September 18 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM is for the full congregation. You are invited to meet with us in person OR online. We will keep you posted on how this evolves knowing that safety in pandemic times is very important. We hope you all will attend! Since learning is at the core of our Unitarian Universalist faith, we all experience learning in every corner of our time together in community. Therefore, you will have insights and memories that are valuable to this reflective process. This is a time to celebrate! It is a time to reflect and tell stories. Understanding your congregation’s religious education heritage is a vital component of understanding your current lifespan religious education identity and vision for the future.
Our second opportunity to gather will be Sunday, September 19, 2021, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. This second gathering is specifically for AUUS staff, religious education leaders, board members, and the parents and care givers of children and youth, and anyone who participates in religious education programs. We will continue to tell stories, celebrate successes, name religious education challenges, and identify patterns. All of this will guide us in the work of the next two months.
I look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories. To register for one or both events, https://forms.gle/o3UZeAVAPdaTg4Pr6
Dr. Michele Townsend Grove
Religious Education Consultant