“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!
The Search for a New Lifespan Religious Education Director
Jan 2015. The Search Committee for our new religious education director is pleased to communicate what we’ve done so far in the search process. You first might like to note the job title in the headline above: yes, the word “Lifespan” has been added since it better reflects the full nature of the job. We are hiring a professional who will be responsible for both children and adult religious education and spiritual programming. This will be a full-time position since the job requires many duties, including supporting the vision of the church through multigenerational faith development, recruiting, training, and supporting teachers, evaluating and introducing religious education curricula, working collaboratively with all constituencies of the church – Minister, congregation, church committees, and staff -- participating in worship services, and many other tasks. Stay tuned for updates on the process.
Feb 2015. Our job description is approved, our search website is live, and our announcement public. Interested candidates will be identifying themselves for our consideration. Applications will be accepted until Mar 30.
Apr 2015. The Search Committee is evaluating candidates and preparing for interviews.
May 2015. The Search Committee is conducting interviews.
June 2015. We are in negotiations with a candidate.
LRED Search Committee Members
The RE Committee is required by our Bylaws to appoint two people to the DRE Search Committee. The UUCY Board must appoint three others; Rev. Bob Renjilian is on the Committee in an advisory capacity. The Board will choose and hire our settled Director of Religious Education. Our DRE Search Committee members are:
Religious Education Leadership
RE Town Hall--What We Asked
On October 18 about 20 congregants participated in the RE Town Hall to reminisce, dream, and design our religious education destiny for our children, youth, and adults. There were four conversations around a group of questions. Here they are for those who did not participate.
Conversation #1 | Discovery
Tell a story of something in religious education or adult faith development that really worked for you (your child), pick something you'd like to see continue and developed. To include as you remember and then tell as part of the story:
Conversation #2 | Dream
Imagine a time in the future when people look back on our community as an exceptional example of a thriving, attractive RE program, where mission and vision guides our activities, and where people of all ages are engaged in religious education and faith development initiatives.
In this exciting future,
Conversation #3 | Design
These questions are inspired by the work of Karen Bellavance-Grace in her work Full Week Faith.
Conversation #4 | Destiny
What kind of religious education professional could make this vision we have today, a reality?
RE Town Hall | What We Answered
Conversation #1 | Discovery
Projects and Risk Taker were definitely important stand-outs and on which consensus was unequivocal.