RE Happenings

The theme of “Story” invites us to think of the great story of the evolution of life on our planet.  Darwin’s story of evolution, of the origin of all of the species of animals and plants on our planet, is part of our Unitarian Universalist living tradition. We look to science and reason to help us understand our story as living beings. We’ve even put this into our UU principles and sources.  The 5th source says we honor “Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science …”  So, what is one of the ways our faith guides us into being a people of Story? It tells us “To honor the results of science by seeing ourselves as part of the great evolution story and remembering that we are an interconnected part of all living and growing beings.  Everyone heard the story of Darwin and how he traveled the earth looking for different specimens of life and that when he returned home, he pondered his collections and what he saw in them. After 20 years, he wrote a book about his research called “On the Origin of Species.” Darwin’s theory changed the way the world looked at how different animals and plants came to be. Darwin described evolution and natural selection. 

Last week, the older kids went to a breakout room and discussed what they knew of evolution and the younger ones watched a video titled “Family Tree – the Story of Evolution.”  They answered the following questions: 

  • Have you ever heard about evolution?
  • What have you heard?
  • This is one way to tell the story of evolution – talking about one old, old family story. What else have you heard about evolution?
  • As UU’s, one of our sources is the use of science and reason. How might evolution speak to us as UU’s?
  • What story does evolution tell us? (That we are interconnected with all of life)

Dinosaurs and monkeys came up in discussion.   

Mark the Date!  7/12 – 7/16/21 Chalice Camp 11 AM to 12 PM

We will be having a hybrid Chalice Camp that will be both virtual on Monday 7/12 and Friday 7/16.  Tuesday through Wednesday that week we will be having a camp in person.  There will be three groups (A, B, & C).  Two will be on CVUU grounds and one at Stumpy Lake.  Stay tuned for more details to come. 

Children’s Chalice Chapel begins at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays and is usually done around 10:15 AM.  Sometimes we go a little longer due to having too much fun.  We are always done in time for the church service at 10:30 AM. 

Zoom link and password to get in:

We Need RE Chalice Lighters   Please ask your child to take a turn and light your chalice during the RE and the church service.  We can arrange to record your child lighting the chalice through Zoom.  Email to sign your child up. 

Children’s Sunday School Registration:  Please register your children for the Religious Education 2020-21 year.  You can do so just by scanning the QR code below.

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Paul R. Greggs
Director of Religious Education