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Change Happens by Pam Johnson

I don’t have to say it; it is quite obvious - Change Happens.

We have all experienced change, much more so lately. With Covid-19 social distancing we have been required to make changes in our daily activities to protect our health. The changes in our daily lives have affected each and every one of us.

Changes have happened at the UUCBV - We have a new transitional minister, religious services are on-line, committee meetings are online, the board meets online, we cannot see each other as we would like in person. But we will endure. Since our long-term Religious Education (RE) Director has left us, changes are sure to come to RE, especially with a new minister. However, RE is so important to our children and congregation that it should continue during this changeover.

During this transition period, I volunteered to lead RE until Rev. Christian has a chance to settle in and re-evaluate the situation. I would like RE to actively draw in more children, adolescents and parents so that they become fully involvement. I need your help.

What are your thoughts about RE? How should it be run? What type of person should run RE? Should we hire a full-time RE instructor? Should we have someone or several members of the church run it? I certainly cannot continue doing this for much longer than a month, so we need to move fast. We need your input. So, please let Rev. Christian know your thoughts.

Thank you to all the parents, children, adolescents and Joe Daigle who have been so helpful during this time of change.


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Unknown member
Aug 30, 2020

I'm still sad that we lost Vicki as I really did enjoy her lessons in person and online. I like that Allison has volunteered to get involved because I think she would be great in that role. David is a typical teenager and though he has volunteered for a few things now, it was not without effort on my part to get him to participate, if you know what I mean. I think Pam has done a great job in the meantime and thank you Pam for taking on this role even temporarily.

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Unknown member
Aug 29, 2020

Hi Pam, I will send you a longer email today, but I have some ideas for RE. I am willing to take on a leadership role in this area and am excited about what RE could look like online and later in person!

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Unknown member
Aug 27, 2020

I definitely see no reason to hire an R.E. director at this point while we are doing church totally online. Since doing online worship, the children's R.E. consisted only of having a story read. If we want to continue it at all, I think that various members could take turns doing a reading. This, however, is currently accomplished in the Story for all Ages during the regular worship. If that continues, perhaps a congregant could do that reading during the service. I can understand that you, Pam, don't want to continue taking this responsibility for long since you fill so many other roles and responsibilities in our church life. I would think that the parents of the few children th…

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