Faith Development Summer 2021

2021-2022 Faith Development Plans and Registration

 
We are looking forward to coming back together in person next year! After a year of screen time and social isolation, our RE programs are excited to offer opportunities for students to play, connect, explore, and create together as they explore UUism and our community.

We will spend the first 3 months on outdoor collaborative projects. Learn more here:

Slideshow with Plans for Next Year

Register for Faith Development Classes Next Year! This registration form includes Sunday morning classes, family events and activities, Coming of Age, Youth Group, care packages, and parent & caregiver groups.

Youth Group's Compost Project

Our Youth Group got front page coverage in the Gazette for their amazing downtown compost project. Read the article here: Youth Group Hopes New Compost Barrel in downtown Northampton will catch on in more places.

Roughly 25% of the garbage in the U.S. is made up of yard trimmings and food scraps (info from EPA)! When food is disposed of in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane – a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. People are growing up in this world, and we need to take action NOW.

On June 20 the USNF Youth Group installed a composting barrel, the first of its kind in Northampton, on the front lawn of the Unitarian Society. It will be open for public use, and there will be educational signs surrounding it. Read More Here

Wisdom from UUWA: Wizarding Service on July 4

July 4, 10-11 AM

Five congregations are coming together to create the worship service on July 4. Along with USNF, two congregations from Maryland, one from Schenectady, NY, one from Nashua, NH are all collaborating on our wizard camp this year and the worship service to share the learnings, magic, and spiritual inspiration from the week of camp. We look forward to seeing you over Zoom for this special service.

Summer Adult Offerings

Summer Wednesday Gatherings - June 30 through September 8, 5 - 6 PM, via Zoom.

We’re pleased to offer brief weekly Zoom gatherings this summer, and you may join as many or as few as you wish. The intention of these gatherings is to give people in our congregation a way to check in, stay engaged, and support each other over the summer, as well as offering an opportunity for reflection and inspiration. Each gathering is hosted by one of our volunteer facilitators, and the format will be less formal than small group circles and connection circles. People may just drop in on one or more meetings, without registering in advance, though we do request that folks join the gathering by 5 PM. Zoom link will be in upcoming Sunday Times.

Racial justice Summer Support Group - alternate Mondays, 6:30-7:30 PM, June 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, via Zoom.

Interested in continuing to reflect and share your own explorations of racial justice over the summer? Andrea Reber and Corky Klimczak of the Racial Justice Team will co-host a series of five anti-racism support groups on alternate Mondays from 6:30-7:30 pm starting June 28 and ending August 23. Each Zoom gathering will provide an opportunity to center ourselves through a brief meditation followed by open-ended discussion of participants' racial justice insights and activities, book/article/podcast recommendations and topics in the news. Our goal is to inspire and support one another on our journeys toward dismantling white supremacy. All are welcome. No commitment necessary, just drop in when you can. Zoom link will be in Sunday Times.

Family Faith Development Ideas for the Summer

 

Faith Exploration over the Summer

UU Summer Family Resources

Click link for books, music, & mindfulness

The summer is a great time to read books together, engage in service projects, and create family rituals. Here are songs, ideas, and activities to try out as a family this summer.