Serving as a Guide in Religious Education

RE Volunteer Signup – Albany UU 2020-21

Keep Calm and Volunteer!

Click here to indicate your interest in being on a team of guides for one of our small groups. 


Volunteering in RE Q and A:

Why do people donate their time and effort to children and youth?
Sharing the excitement of learning and exploring new ideas with children can be a very special experience.  Volunteers often say that they learn as much, or more, from the young people as the young people do from the volunteers. The fresh outlook of children and youth helps us adults to keep our youthful perspective.

I’m still forming my own beliefs.  How can I teach religion to children?
As UU’s, most of us spend our entire lives formulating our religious beliefs. It’s a part of what we’re all about! Since we have no creed, we don’t try to “teach” our children religion. Instead, we guide them to question, to wonder, to grow their own spirituality and world view. We help them how to think about religion, not what to think about it. Our small group guides don’t need theological certainty, just open minds and open hearts.

But I don’t know how to guide a small group!
That’s okay – we’ll help you, especially now that our session will be online! Our RE staff, Elizabeth Baldes, RE Program Coordinater and Leah Purcell, the Director of RE and Family Ministry, will lead the first sessions this fall as a way to gently start in and offer opportunities for connection and reconnection among the children and the guides.  And we’ll have an orientation to online RE before small group guides start leading sessions. Leah and Elizabeth are available to answer any questions via email as we go along this year. 

But I can’t do it alone!
Don’t worry. You’ll be a part of a teaching team of four volunteers per group. When it’s your turn to teach, another member of your team will be there to assist you and monitor the intereactions.  You can expect to lead one session a month and assist once a month. You’ll receive an email each week to remind you of the schedule and check in with you. Elizabeth and Leah will provide you with the materials you need.

But I’m not good at arts and crafts (or music, drama or whatever).
You don’t have to be! Our online curricula are designed to be easy to use. We’ve always said that nothing has to turn out “just so” in our activities. And with being online, children and youth will have more opportunites to explore what they like and to share with the group what they are most excited about.

I enjoy the sermons too much to miss them. 
Good News! We have teams so that no one has to volunteer every Sunday. Pluse, while we are online, RE will be at 11:30 so you can always attend the 10:00 service first. 

OK, now I’m interested. What do I do next?
You email Leah Purcell at She’ll be happy to talk with you about what might be a good fit for you.