2022-2023 Religious Exploration

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (GBU):

RE FOR 5TH GRADE THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH

GBU meets remotely on the first and third Sundays of each month.

On Sunday, November 20th, 2022, at 11:15 a.m., the class will watch the Simpsons S2, E19 “Lisa’s Substitute.” This show addresses self doubt, loneliness and developing confidence in yourself. We will consider how it also relates to UU values and principles. Please join us!

On Sunday, December 4th, 2022, at 11:15 a.m., GBU will consider how LGBTQ issues are portrayed in sitcoms beginning with Ellen in 1997. Through a variety of episode clips, we will focus on coming out and what supports are valuable during that process. We will also take note of what has changed and what remains the same 25 years after Ellen came out! This should be a good one!

On Sunday, December 18th, 2022, at 11:15 a.m., GBU will celebrate the December holiday season with a fun filled class of remote games. This is always a favorite class for our remote class. Come join in the fun!

January 1st, 2023, is a Sunday off to enjoy your family!

On Sunday, January 15th, 2023, at 11:15 a.m., we will welcome in the New Year with the Simpsons S5, E14, “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy.”  This episode involves exposing corporate gender stereotypes and considers gender identity issues. We look forward to discussing this topic with you!

 

Beacon Zoom Link: 

Please join us by connectingthis Zoom link

Meeting ID: 865 1117 5263

Passcode: beacon510

Hope to see everyone on Sunday,

Steph van Belle

Linda Ochi

Dru Monroe

Beacon Religious Education Teaching Team

 

Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search. During the 2019-2020 church year, our youth learned about these world religions through readings, other resources, respectful discussions, by meeting individuals from these faiths, and attending services at their houses of worship: Catholic, Quaker, Islam, Judaism, Latter Day Saints, Buddhism, Navajo Spirituality, and Hindu. 

Coming of Age is our program to honor our youth’s transition from childhood and is offered to youth between the ages of 12 and 15.  Unitarian Universalist teenagers join their congregations with a special “Coming of Age” ceremony. This ceremony will be preceded by a year-long curriculum (held every other year) helping them to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and articulate their own beliefs. The Coming of Age ceremony features the youth reading their statements of personal belief (credo statements) to the congregation in the presence of their Coming of Age mentors.

Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive Sexuality Education program developed jointly by the UUA and the United Church of Christ and is offered to Beacon families once a year.  For more details, click here.

The Beacon Religious Exploration program is excited to announce Our Whole Lives (OWL) Weekend will be held July 29-31, 2022, for youth who completed grades 8-10 this school year. (A detailed schedule will follow.)
Required parent orientations will be held on Sunday, July 24 from 12 to 2 p.m. or Wednesday, July 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit here (our website). To sign up and/or to ask questions, please email edrumonroe@gmail.com.

For updates on our current Middle and High School Youth programming, please check our weekly e-newsletter.