News and Information from Religious Education

Dear UU Bloomington Families,
We have been thinking of you often through the whirlwind of recent days. We miss you and are sending many blessings. We’re looking at adding ways to help families stay personally connected to one another and the congregation. Bookmark this page – each Sunday we will offer a story and a couple of simple activities accessible to a large age range.

-Your Religious Education Team
Adrienne, Stephanie and Emily

While we are apart, it may be easier to separate your Sunday morning into time exploring the packet with your children and time attending the service together up to the Time for All Ages before inviting children to do something special you have reserved for this time–perhaps a phone call to a friend or relative, a special toy or book just for Sundays, a simple art activity, or whatever else would be easy and engaging for your child to pick up and do on their own so that you can be present for the service.  Busy Box Ideas for Young Children

We hope that you are finding support in the spring weather, digital connections with loved ones, and our live streaming, but this is a challenging time.  If you are struggling, please get in touch.  We are here for you, and want to know if you are in need of help. We look forward to the day when we will be together again.

REMINDER: Church Services have changed to ONLINE only during this time of social distancing to keep folx safe and are at 10:15am via LIVESTREAM and you can go back and watch services later and other services you may have missed here.


Resource Packets for Families:

Meditation

Connection and Community
Celebrate Spring

 

Join us in Creating Sabbath Space at Home!
Creating Sabbath Space- Week #1

Creating Sabbath Space- Week #2
NEW!   Creating Sabbath Space- Week #3
NEW!   Special Edition for Grief and Loss

 


Check out this June Calendar with coloring page and activities for ALL ages!

 

 

Connect with the larger Bloomington Community through Interfaith Friends! 

The Interfaith Friends group is sponsoring a COVID calendar event to support local social justice efforts. Join families from various faith congregations around Bloomington for family-friendly activities that support populations affected by COVID-19. Each week from May 18th through June 30th- we will focus on a different issue, sharing links and ideas of ways your family can learn about and give back.  Do one activity or do them all – you can do what works best for your household.  Let’s share our love and encouragement with others!

Anti-Racism Resources for Families
 

The 60-minute special “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families” will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET.
The show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding.
How to watch: The town hall will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. It will stream live on CNN.com’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps, without requiring a cable log-in.Read Aloud-
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice  

We hope you will utilize this link for a family read aloud.  The story follows two families—one White and one Black—as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children’s questions about such traumatic events and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives. The book Includes extensive information for parents and families with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, including sample dialogues.Commit to Being an Anti-Racist Family (more details to come)

How To Be An Antiracist Parent” Panel Discussion

On June 4th, Fourth Universalist Society in NYC, Director of Religious Education DJ Cashmere hosted a panel discussion on antiracist parenting with seven experts from across the country. You can watch the panel here, and find out more about the host and panelists here:

For White folks, please start here: Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resource (We recommend self-identifying your current stage of white identity development and beginning with the resources for that stage.)

NEW!  UU Postal Pals Program

Open to all ages, we are hoping to connect people in our congregation via mail. If you remember fondly or have longed for a pen pal experience, sign up today via this quick and easy Google Form!  Deadline to request a pal is Sunday, June 14th!
Contact Religious Education Assistant, Stephanie Kimball rea@nulluubloomington.org for more information.
Looking for ideas of what to write to your postal pal?   Check out these ideas!


Follow our Director of Religious Education on Facebook for impromptu LIVE stories, meditations, etc.