for Sunday, February 3, 2019
Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Did you know we have an RE Council for Children and Youth? We do! The mission statement under which we operate is:

Our mission is to help our children grow into adults who are confident, happy, kind, brave, compassionate, peaceful, spiritually resilient, joyful, loving, accepting and justice-minded, who are critical thinkers, who embrace anti-racism/anti-oppression practices, who are comfortable in their body and with their sexuality, conversant in other religious traditions and have a strong Unitarian Universalist identity.

We reach these goals by providing a safe and loving church home and building a strong community, providing exceptional Sunday programming, special programming such as Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Curricula, Coming of Age Program, Youth Group, Habitat for Humanity Youth Trip, etc. We support families in their life journey, provide full-week faith opportunities, and teach children and youth how to do church.

One of the things we aim for as the children grow is that they become self-directed in their Sunday gatherings. In Preschool, their volunteers are teachers. In their middle school Coming of Age Program, they are provided with mentors to help them discern their current beliefs. Our goal is that by the time children become senior high youth, teachers have become advisors that help facilitate the ideas of the youth.

We start empowering the children when they are little, in small, age-appropriate ways.

This Sunday for our Preschool, K-2 and 3-5 classes, we will be learning about the 5th UU Principle, "We believe all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them."

In each class, children will be given the opportunity to vote on which story the class reads, which game they play, which activity they engage in. It's going to be a lot of fun!

In our 6th - 8th Grade Class, for our Neighboring Faiths program we will continue learning about Judaism. We will be watching a video, learning about the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. We will be making Resolution Sticks and eating apples and honey.

For our 9th - 12th graders, this week many of our youth are attending a youth CON in Kentucky. Youth who attend church are invited to attend the service or volunteer in the RE Program. Check in at the RE Table in the Social Hall if you would like to help out!

I'm looking forward to seeing you!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

We're All In This Together!
You're Invited To Be Real, Not Ideal
We would like to remind all grownups bringing children to church that we are in this together. We encourage you to show up real and not ideal. If you’re running late, that’s ok! We will have breakfast bars ready if you need them. We have nut-free options and vegan options.
Childcare is Provided!
Starting this Sunday, we're changing our child care hours to start earlier to make sure grownups with kids can attend programming if they would like!

Be sure and check out Credo Forum and the Meditation Group! This week childcare starts at 9am in the RE Building in the Nursery.
On This Journey Together!
I'm your Director of Lifespan Religious Education and I'm here to help you navigate this parenting thing! You can reach me on my cell phone at 317-418-1679 (voice or text), email at re@uui.org, facebook messenger, twitter, instagram, message in a bottle. However you want to reach out, my door is always open and yes, I do want to hear all about it and see pics of your kids and your cat and your family celebrations. Being a part of your life is a joy and privilege in my life.
One of our beautiful UUI families participating in the Burning Bowl Service.
Taking an activity at Second Sunday and making it their own!
Senior high youth at the theater to see On the Basis of Sex , about Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Valencia.
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, February 1 - Sunday, February 3
Senior High Youth CON
Louisville, Kentucky

Saturday, February 2
Newcomer's Workshop
12 noon - 3pm

Sunday, February 3
7th - 9th Grade OWL
5-8pm
UUI Cottage

Sunday, February 10
Second Sunday Program!

7th - 9th Grade OWL
5-8pm
UUI Cottage

Wednesday, February 13
Parents of Preschoolers Meeting
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Newcomer's Workshop
Saturday, February 2
Noon - 3pm

If you are new to UUI, we hope you will join us for a fun, informative and meaningful workshop with our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger and Membership Chair, Holly Hendrickson!

We will answer your questions about the meaning of membership, about Unitarian Universalism and about how we do things at UUI and how you can get involved.

Lunch and child care for infants through preschool will be provided.

We will also have a fun workshop for kids Kindergarten - 5th grade.

RSVP to Holly Hendrickson at hollymhendrickson3@gmail.com
It's Time for Our Annual Pledge Drive!
Giving is an act of faith. We believe that what we offer makes a difference in the world. We may not see the effect of what we give, but still we give, trusting in the life and in the works of this church.

UUI depends on the financial support of its members and friends. We hope you will consider joining us in this support.

Pledge forms are available at the Welcome Desk in the Social Hall on Sunday mornings. Thank you!