Subject: Welcome back!
From: Murray UU
Date: 9/6/2018 9:59 AM
To: Bill

Welcome back!

Murray Church Notes

September 6, 2018

Volume 7,  Issue 6

In this Issue:

Our Religious Education Program Plans
By Kavita Vansant, Director of Lifespan Religious Education with Carol Konvalinka-Connolly, Religious Education Chair
Our Religious Education program is ever evolving to meet the needs of our church's congregants. After many conversations, planning, and organizing and we are ready for a new church year!

One of the most recent changes with a large impact on our program was the implementation of a 3-year plan based on the Unitarian Universalist Pillar System.

The four pillars or topics that we will be exploring are:
UU’ism, World Religions, Self-Care and Self-Worth.

The 3-year plan will include:
Year 1 UU’ism – 7 Principles
Year 2 Social Justice/Diversity
Year 3 Famous UUs
World Religions:
Year 1 World Religions – Overview
Year 2 Religious Teachers/People
Year 3 Festivals
Self-Care/7th Principle
Every year

Since we are on Year 2 of our cycle, we will using curriculum that the UUA recommends for Social Justice. We will also be including lessons on
Black Lives Matter. For World Religions, we will learn about such
teachers as the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi and Malala Yousafsai.

For Self-Care we will be introducing our children to drumming as a form
of meditation. Dave Curry will be our guest in October and teach our
children to drum. We will also have yoga, meditation, mindfulness and
talk about healthy eating. Thanks to Carla Rissmeyer our children will
also do fun activities to learn about our 7 th Principle.

Our Youth Group will be learning about social justice, Black Lives Matter
plus having lessons on UU history and discussions on current events
and tolerance.They will also be working on an outreach project for AHOPE and NuDay Syria.

The RE Committee and the DLRE are also focusing on Adult Education. We are
hoping to offer a class on Mindfulness, a Current Events class and a
field trip to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). As the church
year begins, we will be advertising these offerings for people to sign up.
If you are interested in offering a class please reach out!

One of the most significant changes the RE Committee and DLRE made last
year was to review and expand our RE Safety Policies. Many
thanks to Carol Connolly for her hard work on this extensive document,
thanks to Amanda Aguiar for her editing skills and Claire Kenney for
uploading the file for easy access!

We are committed to providing a safe church environment for our
children, it is of the utmost importance! The guidelines we have
implemented ensure not only safety for our children but reassurance
for our parents. We highly advise everyone in the
congregation to read these guidelines and policies. Please click on the
link to go the Safety Guidelines-

Other new things we will being implemented include:
1. Ice Cream Social in August- Every summer RE will host an Ice Cream Social. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our families to meet each other, form friendships and have some sweet fun! This year’s Social was a great success with 48
children and adults who gathered to make sundaes and play some games.

2. Traveling Chalice- We will be putting together a package with all
the tools needed to do chalice lighting and worship at home. The package will not only include a chalice but stories, a coloring book, and a journal for including notes. Our RE families will be able to borrow this for two weeks. We hope this will provide an extension of worship, meaningful conversation and family closeness. Thanks
to Colleen DeGroot for putting this together!

3. Resource Kits- The two kits we have available are about Grieving and New Baby. The kits will provide a book for your child, information, and suggestions for how to talk to your child about the subject.
The New Baby kit will also include a baby doll. Our kits will be available to borrow for up to two weeks. Thanks to Carol Connolly for putting the kits together!

4. RE Library- For our teachers, children and anyone who loves children’s books! The RE Library is located in the DLRE office and has taken almost two years to organize. Many thanks to Laura Gustafson, Claire Kenney and Patrick Kenney for organizing books according to topics we cover in our program making it easy for our teachers to find a book for their class. There will be book sign out sheet so we can keep track for our books.

5. Nursery Cooperative- As our nursery grows so does the need for more volunteers, we implemented a program called a Nursery Cooperative. This means that our parents, who have children in the nursery, will be a part of the volunteering process. This will ensure coverage in the nursery and will provide more opportunities for parents to meet other nursery parents.

The RE Committee consists of Carol Konvalinka-Connolly (RE Chair), Rebecca Cameron-Belcher, Colleen DeGroot, Brian Gustafson, Donna Palmer, John Reinhagen, Ted Weil, and Kate Ricciarelli-Wenson. The committee is charged with cultivating the direction of our program and is available to hear suggestions, thoughts or ideas. Kavita Vansant, Director of Lifelong Religious Education is also available for your input by email at: and text/phone at: 508-498-8290.

There is also an RE Advisory Committee which consists of Bev Hall, Don Michaels and Vanessa Wehmeyer should you wish to talk to them about Religious Education.
May our year in Religious Education and church be filled with peace, love and kindness.
Religious Education for Sunday, September 9

Nursery is not available this Sunday.  Should your child need a break during
the service please use the John Murray Room.  There are toys in there and
the service is piped in for listening.  Parents must stay with their children in the John Murray Room.

Grades K-7 and Youth Group:  This Sunday is the multi-gen Water Communion.
Our Shared Journey
Long time Murray members Donna and Ned Cooke celebrated their 50th anniversary by renewing their wedding vows on June 5th, at the US Coast Guard Academy Memorial Chapel.  This was the exact date and place where they were married 50 years before.  Murray Minister Emerita, Rev. Sandra Fitz-Henry, conducted the vow renewal ceremony.  Following the celebration, a small reception was held at the Coast Guard Academy Officers Club.  Congratulations Ned and Donna!
Murray Men's Lunch Bunch

Inviting all Murray men to join us for lunch, the second Tuesday of each month, at Morin's Diner in downtown Attleboro. This is a very informal gathering for conversation and fellowship. No reservation required, just come as you are. 
If you need a ride, please call Rob Hasselbaum at 774-282-0818, a few days in advance, and transportation will be arranged.
The next luncheon is on Tuesday, September 11th at noon.
Look for us in the back room of Morin's, if you don't see us -- just ask!
Blessing of the Animals on September 2, 2018
Calling all Cookie Makers!

The cookie making workshops begin September 11, 2018.  The measuring, mixing and beating begins at 9 A.M.!
If you would like to join in the fun, please contact Donna Seagrave, Laurie Lawes, or Tom Stewart.  Workshops will be held on Tuesday and Saturday mornings thru the end of October.  Tom Stewart will also hold a workshop on Sunday, September 23rd, after church services. 
Please consider generously donating ingredients to our cause!!!!! 

Look for the cookie team after services on September 9th.  
Rise for Climate Justice!
On Saturday September 8, communities all over the world are rising up to help make an unstoppable wave of people’s climate leadership. With climate impacts escalating, we can’t wait for bureaucratic negotiations; local cities and towns have to show the way. 
There will be an event in nearby in downtown Providence, in Roger Williams National Park, 282 North Main Street at 6:00 pm, hosted by Climate Action RI, a affiliate. Learn more at
Do you like using chainsaws?

The Property Committee is looking for some young (under 60) muscle to help us on Saturday, September 22, to remove some of the tree trunks around our property.  There will be a number of priorities, including grinding some stumps out of the ground, drilling some stumps so we can begin rotting them away, and chain sawing some stumps so they are level with the ground.
We will work in shifts, starting at 9 AM.  There will be lunch at noon, and beer, soda and snacks at 4:30.
Email Tom Stuart at if you wish to sign up.  There will also be signup sheets at coffee hour starting September 9.
Welcome Back!
Water Ingathering Service Sunday
Our first official service of the new church year will be our traditional Water Ingathering Service on Sunday, September 9th.  It is a multigenerational service, so all ages included as we gather together in one community to celebrate the start of our new year together, and to share our individual water samples into our communal ingathering bowl.  So, whether you bring back a water sample from your favorite beach, lake or stream you visited on summer travels, or bring a sample from your own backyard hose or kitchen faucet, all water samples are welcome, as symbols of something fun you did during summer break….  
Time is running out to register for RE!

An email went out to all our families to register for the upcoming year for children's programming. The process takes just a moment to complete. Thank you in advance for taking the time to do so and helping us be prepared to serve our young people in the coming year!
Here are the links:
       Child (Nursery-7th grade):
       Youth Group (8-12 grades)

PLEASE, also take the time to read the RE Safety Guidelines and Protocols we use for our children:
Newsletter weekly schedule!

Please email all newsletter submissions by Monday for inclusion in the following Thursday's Murray Notes. The next deadline is September 10.

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