1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:05,820 2 00:00:05,820 --> 00:00:07,270 Pat Kahn: Good afternoon. 3 00:00:07,270 --> 00:00:09,820 We're going to go ahead and Start Because I Have 2:16 4 00:00:09,820 --> 00:00:11,560 by my watch, which might be fast, 5 00:00:11,560 --> 00:00:16,340 but-- This is program number 241, 6 00:00:16,340 --> 00:00:19,780 Deepening Our Faith through Theme-based Ministry. 7 00:00:19,780 --> 00:00:22,550 So I hope that's what you came for. 8 00:00:22,550 --> 00:00:24,040 My name is Pat Kahn. 9 00:00:24,040 --> 00:00:26,380 I'm the children and family programs director 10 00:00:26,380 --> 00:00:29,290 for the UUA's Faith Development Office. 11 00:00:29,290 --> 00:00:32,900 And it's my pleasure to work with my wonderful colleagues 12 00:00:32,900 --> 00:00:35,440 on a subject that's near and dear to my heart 13 00:00:35,440 --> 00:00:39,050 and obviously to theirs, because they're here. 14 00:00:39,050 --> 00:00:40,960 I wanted to just say before we get 15 00:00:40,960 --> 00:00:44,830 started-- what just happened to my PowerPoint over there? 16 00:00:44,830 --> 00:00:47,180 I'll go figure that out next. 17 00:00:47,180 --> 00:00:49,600 Before we get started, the workshop 18 00:00:49,600 --> 00:00:52,680 is being video recorded. 19 00:00:52,680 --> 00:00:54,790 And after GA, the video recording 20 00:00:54,790 --> 00:01:01,300 will be on the UUA website, as will the PowerPoint. 21 00:01:01,300 --> 00:01:03,240 And I want to say this now-- and I'll 22 00:01:03,240 --> 00:01:05,180 try to remind you later-- at the end 23 00:01:05,180 --> 00:01:07,820 when we have questions, because it's 24 00:01:07,820 --> 00:01:10,870 going to be video recorded, you need to say your name 25 00:01:10,870 --> 00:01:12,600 and where you're from. 26 00:01:12,600 --> 00:01:17,731 Because then we'll contact you about getting a video release 27 00:01:17,731 --> 00:01:18,230 from you. 28 00:01:18,230 --> 00:01:22,600 So before you ask a question you will say your name. 29 00:01:22,600 --> 00:01:25,920 We will pause for about a minute or so 30 00:01:25,920 --> 00:01:29,150 after each of our presenters so that you 31 00:01:29,150 --> 00:01:31,680 can sort of absorb for a second. 32 00:01:31,680 --> 00:01:34,750 And also so that if there are any questions 33 00:01:34,750 --> 00:01:37,490 that you have for that particular person, 34 00:01:37,490 --> 00:01:38,890 you can jot them down. 35 00:01:38,890 --> 00:01:40,980 And then when we have questions at the end 36 00:01:40,980 --> 00:01:45,610 you'll know who to address that to. 37 00:01:45,610 --> 00:01:47,940 I guess I should also say, if you're 38 00:01:47,940 --> 00:01:49,850 asking a question at the end you will 39 00:01:49,850 --> 00:01:52,010 need to use the microphone that's in the center. 40 00:01:52,010 --> 00:01:56,300 And just as a reminder, you'll need to say your name. 41 00:01:56,300 --> 00:01:59,990 We're going to get started with our first presenter, Reverend 42 00:01:59,990 --> 00:02:03,530 Jan Taddeo from the UU congregation of Gwinnett right 43 00:02:03,530 --> 00:02:05,820 outside of Atlanta, Georgia. 44 00:02:05,820 --> 00:02:15,359 Jan. 45 00:02:15,359 --> 00:02:16,900 Jan Taddeo: Well while Pat is working 46 00:02:16,900 --> 00:02:21,650 on our video I will tell you a little bit about who 47 00:02:21,650 --> 00:02:23,090 I am, how I came into this. 48 00:02:23,090 --> 00:02:25,020 I am a third year minister. 49 00:02:25,020 --> 00:02:27,950 I was ordained in May 2011, and I'm 50 00:02:27,950 --> 00:02:31,200 at my first congregation outside of Atlanta. 51 00:02:31,200 --> 00:02:33,400 Audience: OK. 52 00:02:33,400 --> 00:02:34,080 Jan Taddeo: OK? 53 00:02:34,080 --> 00:02:34,950 We covered all that. 54 00:02:34,950 --> 00:02:35,390 OK. 55 00:02:35,390 --> 00:02:35,973 Audience: Yep. 56 00:02:35,973 --> 00:02:39,510 [LAUGHTER] 57 00:02:39,510 --> 00:02:42,450 Jan Taddeo: I was brought in in part because they really 58 00:02:42,450 --> 00:02:45,050 wanted someone who would build a bridge between the front 59 00:02:45,050 --> 00:02:46,930 of the church and the back of the church. 60 00:02:46,930 --> 00:02:48,730 Someone who would explore ways to engage 61 00:02:48,730 --> 00:02:51,190 in multigenerational ministry. 62 00:02:51,190 --> 00:02:53,450 Theme-based ministry has given me-- 63 00:02:53,450 --> 00:02:55,660 us, together in our shared ministry-- 64 00:02:55,660 --> 00:02:57,350 a lot of ways to explore that. 65 00:02:57,350 --> 00:03:01,500 And it's been an evolving process in these three years. 66 00:03:01,500 --> 00:03:03,060 The next slide. 67 00:03:03,060 --> 00:03:06,040 In the first two years I started out 68 00:03:06,040 --> 00:03:08,620 initiating the concept of themes right from the beginning. 69 00:03:08,620 --> 00:03:13,370 Because I think of worship as an ongoing conversation and that 70 00:03:13,370 --> 00:03:16,760 there should be a thread that ties each service to the next. 71 00:03:16,760 --> 00:03:19,110 And themes help us to do that really well. 72 00:03:19,110 --> 00:03:22,520 And as a new minister it gave me some really clear things 73 00:03:22,520 --> 00:03:26,740 to be preaching about starting out, and that was helpful. 74 00:03:26,740 --> 00:03:29,615 We worked together with-- the worship associates 75 00:03:29,615 --> 00:03:31,670 and I chose our themes. 76 00:03:31,670 --> 00:03:34,170 And that first year everything was really about worship. 77 00:03:34,170 --> 00:03:36,480 And I didn't think too much about how to incorporate it 78 00:03:36,480 --> 00:03:40,274 into our religious exploration program until some of the RE 79 00:03:40,274 --> 00:03:43,050 facilitators were asking me, well 80 00:03:43,050 --> 00:03:44,634 what's it going to be about this time? 81 00:03:44,634 --> 00:03:46,800 Because I want to try and bring that into the class. 82 00:03:46,800 --> 00:03:48,510 And so I started really doing more 83 00:03:48,510 --> 00:03:50,610 to give them a heads-up about what we were doing 84 00:03:50,610 --> 00:03:52,280 and giving them more ideas of how 85 00:03:52,280 --> 00:03:55,560 to incorporate it into their programs. 86 00:03:55,560 --> 00:04:00,330 And I did a weekly RE newsletter for the teachers, 87 00:04:00,330 --> 00:04:02,959 that they could get some inspiration for themselves. 88 00:04:02,959 --> 00:04:05,250 Because they were missing some of the worship services. 89 00:04:05,250 --> 00:04:07,000 And I intentionally went and met with them 90 00:04:07,000 --> 00:04:09,240 and discussed theme-based stuff as well as 91 00:04:09,240 --> 00:04:12,830 what was going on for them in their work. 92 00:04:12,830 --> 00:04:18,720 In the third year we introduced the concept of an annual theme. 93 00:04:18,720 --> 00:04:23,410 So next slide. 94 00:04:23,410 --> 00:04:26,510 And what we came up with was "Touch 95 00:04:26,510 --> 00:04:27,690 the Earth, Reach the Sky." 96 00:04:27,690 --> 00:04:31,030 And this was really helpful in a lot of our fundraising 97 00:04:31,030 --> 00:04:33,720 and a lot of our activities throughout the church year. 98 00:04:33,720 --> 00:04:35,880 We used it to think about our canvas, 99 00:04:35,880 --> 00:04:38,400 we used it to think about our annual auction. 100 00:04:38,400 --> 00:04:40,320 It was just a lot of fun to look at that. 101 00:04:40,320 --> 00:04:42,130 We actually created a big huge mural 102 00:04:42,130 --> 00:04:43,810 and had everybody's hand prints on it 103 00:04:43,810 --> 00:04:46,909 from the ground up through the trees and up into the sky. 104 00:04:46,909 --> 00:04:48,700 And that sits at the back of the sanctuary. 105 00:04:48,700 --> 00:04:54,810 And it has this really creative display of hand prints. 106 00:04:54,810 --> 00:04:58,615 We also, in that third year, changed the structure of our RE 107 00:04:58,615 --> 00:05:01,490 and our worship to integrate the worship 108 00:05:01,490 --> 00:05:04,460 and the religious exploration programs more thoroughly 109 00:05:04,460 --> 00:05:06,460 and to create a more multigenerational ministry. 110 00:05:06,460 --> 00:05:10,020 We did more multigenerational worship and more RE 111 00:05:10,020 --> 00:05:11,400 after the services. 112 00:05:11,400 --> 00:05:16,380 And then we were able to really tie the themes into one another 113 00:05:16,380 --> 00:05:18,450 more intentionally. 114 00:05:18,450 --> 00:05:20,580 In that third year an example of that 115 00:05:20,580 --> 00:05:22,520 was our pageant, which we developed 116 00:05:22,520 --> 00:05:25,750 through the course of about two months. 117 00:05:25,750 --> 00:05:29,926 We worked on the pageant-- people worked on it 118 00:05:29,926 --> 00:05:31,550 during the service sometimes, sometimes 119 00:05:31,550 --> 00:05:33,008 they worked o it after the service. 120 00:05:33,008 --> 00:05:34,700 We got people of all ages engaged 121 00:05:34,700 --> 00:05:38,810 in building sets and costumes and scripts. 122 00:05:38,810 --> 00:05:40,470 There were all ages doing the pageant. 123 00:05:40,470 --> 00:05:45,890 It was certainly not limited to shorter people. 124 00:05:45,890 --> 00:05:47,660 We also-- in the worship services-- 125 00:05:47,660 --> 00:05:48,830 we had an advent theme. 126 00:05:48,830 --> 00:05:55,520 And we had an advent poem that tied through the entire course 127 00:05:55,520 --> 00:06:00,280 of five weeks of worship, including the Christmas Eve 128 00:06:00,280 --> 00:06:03,900 service, that someone in the congregation had written, 129 00:06:03,900 --> 00:06:05,660 and the children wrote, and the teens 130 00:06:05,660 --> 00:06:09,280 had looked at and examined and parsed out for meaning. 131 00:06:09,280 --> 00:06:10,260 That was a lot of fun. 132 00:06:10,260 --> 00:06:12,400 And through the spring we did a keyhole garden, 133 00:06:12,400 --> 00:06:14,630 which you can see a picture of there. 134 00:06:14,630 --> 00:06:18,840 It is now overflowing with eggplant and squash and all 135 00:06:18,840 --> 00:06:19,610 of that. 136 00:06:19,610 --> 00:06:23,120 We started the project of rebuilding our labyrinth, which 137 00:06:23,120 --> 00:06:26,280 will get completed in the next fall as part 138 00:06:26,280 --> 00:06:28,530 of our next theme-based ministry. 139 00:06:28,530 --> 00:06:30,320 And that's one of our little helpers 140 00:06:30,320 --> 00:06:35,750 there carrying her brick to help rebuild the labyrinth. 141 00:06:35,750 --> 00:06:39,550 These were done during the themes of ecology, sowing, 142 00:06:39,550 --> 00:06:40,420 and metamorphosis. 143 00:06:40,420 --> 00:06:42,810 So it ran across three different themes, 144 00:06:42,810 --> 00:06:44,750 and it threaded through that whole part. 145 00:06:44,750 --> 00:06:46,650 And the worship services integrated it, too. 146 00:06:46,650 --> 00:06:50,630 We built a terrarium that sits in our worship space 147 00:06:50,630 --> 00:06:53,710 as a representative of the internal garden of who we are. 148 00:06:53,710 --> 00:06:58,190 And the external garden is who's on the outside-- how 149 00:06:58,190 --> 00:07:01,430 we're serving the greater world. 150 00:07:01,430 --> 00:07:03,970 Also in our third year we started the Words of Wisdom. 151 00:07:03,970 --> 00:07:05,980 These are daily devotionals that were created 152 00:07:05,980 --> 00:07:08,080 by two volunteers, one from our worship team 153 00:07:08,080 --> 00:07:09,990 and one from our faith development team. 154 00:07:09,990 --> 00:07:16,240 And each day one of them writes a 300-word devotional 155 00:07:16,240 --> 00:07:17,760 on our theme. 156 00:07:17,760 --> 00:07:20,670 They're wonderful and inspiring, and it's 157 00:07:20,670 --> 00:07:24,660 an incredible commitment of their spiritual energy. 158 00:07:24,660 --> 00:07:26,140 And they find it very rewarding. 159 00:07:26,140 --> 00:07:29,480 They also get contributions from a few other people 160 00:07:29,480 --> 00:07:31,330 in the congregation, and every now and then 161 00:07:31,330 --> 00:07:33,050 I'll give them something. 162 00:07:33,050 --> 00:07:35,160 But mostly they're taking care of that. 163 00:07:35,160 --> 00:07:37,990 And you're welcome to go check it out. 164 00:07:37,990 --> 00:07:42,540 A couple of them have been featured on the UU blog list. 165 00:07:42,540 --> 00:07:45,320 In the coming year, on the next slide, 166 00:07:45,320 --> 00:07:50,190 we're trying even more new things. 167 00:07:50,190 --> 00:07:52,880 This time the minister, the worship associates, 168 00:07:52,880 --> 00:07:54,900 and the religious exploration associates 169 00:07:54,900 --> 00:07:56,590 work together to select the themes. 170 00:07:56,590 --> 00:07:58,600 And we've started with our annual theme 171 00:07:58,600 --> 00:08:01,290 of where do we come from, what are we, where are we going. 172 00:08:01,290 --> 00:08:03,680 We're coming to realize that our congregation really 173 00:08:03,680 --> 00:08:06,610 wants more of what it means to be Unitarian Universalism. 174 00:08:06,610 --> 00:08:08,720 What is our history, what are we now, 175 00:08:08,720 --> 00:08:10,550 how do we talk about who we are? 176 00:08:10,550 --> 00:08:14,180 And we're working on our long-term vision this year. 177 00:08:14,180 --> 00:08:17,770 So where are we going is a big piece of our conversation. 178 00:08:17,770 --> 00:08:22,900 The monthly themes are-- we borrowed from John Buehrens's 179 00:08:22,900 --> 00:08:29,090 book co-written by Rebecca Parker, A House for Hope. 180 00:08:29,090 --> 00:08:31,020 And then we added in a bunch of other themes 181 00:08:31,020 --> 00:08:34,370 that relate specifically to areas in our space, 182 00:08:34,370 --> 00:08:37,260 in our buildings and in our grounds. 183 00:08:37,260 --> 00:08:40,580 Including the labyrinth and the wash rooms. 184 00:08:40,580 --> 00:08:43,419 Really fascinating conversations about that one. 185 00:08:43,419 --> 00:08:48,400 And that's my dog walking the labyrinth. 186 00:08:48,400 --> 00:08:50,190 We're excited about that. 187 00:08:50,190 --> 00:08:54,290 And the next one-- we're changing the Sunday morning 188 00:08:54,290 --> 00:08:55,320 structure completely. 189 00:08:55,320 --> 00:08:58,270 We're moving our worship service From 10:30 to 11:00, 190 00:08:58,270 --> 00:09:00,880 making all of our worship multigenerational, 191 00:09:00,880 --> 00:09:04,750 and 10 o'clock will be religious exploration, 192 00:09:04,750 --> 00:09:07,670 with a modified version of workshop rotation. 193 00:09:07,670 --> 00:09:09,250 Because workshop rotation is usually 194 00:09:09,250 --> 00:09:11,150 something done in large congregations. 195 00:09:11,150 --> 00:09:15,390 Ours is a relatively small, mid-size congregation. 196 00:09:15,390 --> 00:09:18,370 So it's a modified version in which the rotations are 197 00:09:18,370 --> 00:09:22,630 one class of children, one class of teens, one class of adults. 198 00:09:22,630 --> 00:09:26,870 And they'll rotate through our mission statement themes, which 199 00:09:26,870 --> 00:09:29,960 are curiosity, courage, and compassion, in which they'll 200 00:09:29,960 --> 00:09:32,427 explore all of our sources. 201 00:09:32,427 --> 00:09:34,260 They'll explore their own spiritual growth-- 202 00:09:34,260 --> 00:09:36,210 the courage it takes to go deeper 203 00:09:36,210 --> 00:09:39,830 into your own understanding of your spiritual journey-- 204 00:09:39,830 --> 00:09:41,870 and the faith in action, the compassion 205 00:09:41,870 --> 00:09:44,760 that we live out in the world, and incorporating the themes. 206 00:09:44,760 --> 00:09:47,570 So a big piece of this, and a very exciting piece for us, 207 00:09:47,570 --> 00:09:50,160 is that we're incorporating our green sanctuary projects 208 00:09:50,160 --> 00:09:53,170 into that so that all ages are involved. 209 00:09:53,170 --> 00:09:57,160 It's kind of hard to fill it in on the form for green sanctuary 210 00:09:57,160 --> 00:09:59,430 because it's so much a part of worship 211 00:09:59,430 --> 00:10:02,090 and religious exploration and faith in action 212 00:10:02,090 --> 00:10:04,180 that it doesn't fit in a box. 213 00:10:04,180 --> 00:10:08,210 It's all integrated with congregational life. 214 00:10:08,210 --> 00:10:11,120 And our RE committee is starting to think of themselves 215 00:10:11,120 --> 00:10:15,580 not so much as committee members but really religious 216 00:10:15,580 --> 00:10:17,540 exploration associates, people who 217 00:10:17,540 --> 00:10:19,990 are really committed to what it means 218 00:10:19,990 --> 00:10:21,890 to create a religious exploration 219 00:10:21,890 --> 00:10:25,340 program for all ages. 220 00:10:25,340 --> 00:10:27,860 We'll continue our Words of Wisdom. 221 00:10:27,860 --> 00:10:30,650 And on the next screen, the other thing we're working on 222 00:10:30,650 --> 00:10:35,035 is we are revamping our website-- rebuilding 223 00:10:35,035 --> 00:10:36,410 and creating a whole new website, 224 00:10:36,410 --> 00:10:38,260 basically-- that is going to incorporate 225 00:10:38,260 --> 00:10:41,260 a little bit of the 21st Century Faith Formation and Fahs 226 00:10:41,260 --> 00:10:42,610 Collaborative ideas. 227 00:10:42,610 --> 00:10:45,130 And I invite you to go to Fahs Collaborative, 228 00:10:45,130 --> 00:10:48,560 to go to those places to look those up, what that means. 229 00:10:48,560 --> 00:10:50,910 But in other words, looking at ways to create a website 230 00:10:50,910 --> 00:10:53,076 that meets people where they are in different stages 231 00:10:53,076 --> 00:10:54,970 of their life and different situations 232 00:10:54,970 --> 00:10:56,800 that they're in in their journey. 233 00:10:56,800 --> 00:11:00,556 And then also working on an app, smartphone app, 234 00:11:00,556 --> 00:11:02,680 that people can take with them through their lives. 235 00:11:02,680 --> 00:11:04,054 And through the week they'll have 236 00:11:04,054 --> 00:11:06,230 a place they can go for a daily chalice 237 00:11:06,230 --> 00:11:11,960 lighting, a bedtime prayer, the grace, those kinds of things. 238 00:11:11,960 --> 00:11:13,720 And they'll also be able to access 239 00:11:13,720 --> 00:11:15,850 our Words of Wisdom blog. 240 00:11:15,850 --> 00:11:21,950 And the last slide shows the themes we've had over these-- 241 00:11:21,950 --> 00:11:23,390 what will now be--four years. 242 00:11:23,390 --> 00:11:25,900 So you get an idea of the kinds of themes we've used. 243 00:11:25,900 --> 00:11:29,802 They didn't want to use the ones that other churches were using. 244 00:11:29,802 --> 00:11:32,260 I presented them to them and they said, oh those are great. 245 00:11:32,260 --> 00:11:34,360 And some of them are in there, but they really 246 00:11:34,360 --> 00:11:41,540 wanted to put together their own themes that fed on one another. 247 00:11:41,540 --> 00:11:43,028 Thank you very much. 248 00:11:43,028 --> 00:11:44,004 Audience: Who are you? 249 00:11:44,004 --> 00:11:45,468 [APPLAUSE] 250 00:11:45,468 --> 00:11:49,742 Jan Taddeo: Who am I? 251 00:11:49,742 --> 00:12:06,495 Jan Taddeo. 252 00:12:06,495 --> 00:12:08,870 Kathy Smith: This minute for you to collect your thoughts 253 00:12:08,870 --> 00:12:11,070 is actually really convenient for the speakers. 254 00:12:11,070 --> 00:12:13,110 Thank you. 255 00:12:13,110 --> 00:12:15,440 And I am reminded-- Matthew reminded me 256 00:12:15,440 --> 00:12:17,440 as we are looking out-- that this looks somewhat 257 00:12:17,440 --> 00:12:19,890 like a Sunday morning, with several seats 258 00:12:19,890 --> 00:12:23,150 available at the front, many seats available in the middle, 259 00:12:23,150 --> 00:12:25,890 and a lot of people at the back wondering where to sit. 260 00:12:25,890 --> 00:12:27,786 So I would like to invite you to scoot-- 261 00:12:27,786 --> 00:12:29,160 if there's a seat in the middle-- 262 00:12:29,160 --> 00:12:31,785 please feel free to scoot in so that someone who comes in later 263 00:12:31,785 --> 00:12:33,019 has a seat on the edges. 264 00:12:33,019 --> 00:12:34,560 Or if you'd like to come to the front 265 00:12:34,560 --> 00:12:37,990 there are seats available in the front couple of rows also. 266 00:12:37,990 --> 00:12:39,300 My name is Kathy Smith. 267 00:12:39,300 --> 00:12:41,970 I am the director of religious education for children 268 00:12:41,970 --> 00:12:48,130 and youth at the Community UU church in Plano, Texas. 269 00:12:48,130 --> 00:12:50,870 Ah, our first slide, thank you. 270 00:12:50,870 --> 00:12:53,490 Our church is a midsize church. 271 00:12:53,490 --> 00:12:57,440 It is 215 members, give or take. 272 00:12:57,440 --> 00:12:59,164 100 children and youth registered, 273 00:12:59,164 --> 00:13:01,080 which means that like most religious educators 274 00:13:01,080 --> 00:13:03,240 I see about half of those on Sunday mornings. 275 00:13:03,240 --> 00:13:09,650 Anywhere from 39 to 55-ish children on a Sunday. 276 00:13:09,650 --> 00:13:13,490 With attendance of about 100 to 140 souls in the building 277 00:13:13,490 --> 00:13:15,080 every week. 278 00:13:15,080 --> 00:13:18,320 I am a DRE who's been at it for seven years 279 00:13:18,320 --> 00:13:21,430 now in a couple of different places. 280 00:13:21,430 --> 00:13:24,210 I've been at this church-- I'm finishing my fourth year. 281 00:13:24,210 --> 00:13:27,450 I work with a minister who's been at our church 282 00:13:27,450 --> 00:13:30,860 for eight years and has been in the profession for 17. 283 00:13:30,860 --> 00:13:33,520 We are a fairly traditional-looking church 284 00:13:33,520 --> 00:13:34,450 when you look at us. 285 00:13:34,450 --> 00:13:38,180 We run a religious education program on Sunday mornings 286 00:13:38,180 --> 00:13:41,230 concurrent with the worship service. 287 00:13:41,230 --> 00:13:45,190 Our worship service follows the Protestant hymn sandwich, 288 00:13:45,190 --> 00:13:46,080 if you will. 289 00:13:46,080 --> 00:13:50,620 We look on the outside like a very traditional program. 290 00:13:50,620 --> 00:13:52,880 A couple of years ago the minister 291 00:13:52,880 --> 00:13:55,124 asked to move his worship services, 292 00:13:55,124 --> 00:13:56,790 or planned to move his worship services, 293 00:13:56,790 --> 00:14:00,710 to follow a monthly theme liturgical calendar. 294 00:14:00,710 --> 00:14:02,820 And when we talked about it we thought 295 00:14:02,820 --> 00:14:05,210 it would be a really good thing to provide 296 00:14:05,210 --> 00:14:07,980 a holistic liturgical framework to engage 297 00:14:07,980 --> 00:14:10,120 the entire church, all ages. 298 00:14:10,120 --> 00:14:13,420 Which is when we moved to thematic ministry, 299 00:14:13,420 --> 00:14:16,870 both in worship and in religious education. 300 00:14:16,870 --> 00:14:20,720 So two years ago-- oh my that didn't come out well. 301 00:14:20,720 --> 00:14:21,220 Sorry. 302 00:14:21,220 --> 00:14:23,610 You may look on the Tulsa, Oklahoma web 303 00:14:23,610 --> 00:14:26,920 page for this slide, which looks much better on their web page 304 00:14:26,920 --> 00:14:29,514 than it does on my PowerPoint slide. 305 00:14:29,514 --> 00:14:31,180 But this is the calendar that we follow. 306 00:14:31,180 --> 00:14:33,020 It's a three-year rotation that runs 307 00:14:33,020 --> 00:14:35,830 through a number of religious themes, 308 00:14:35,830 --> 00:14:40,480 everything from faith and death to unity and diversity 309 00:14:40,480 --> 00:14:44,720 to God, creation, mercy, roughly themed 310 00:14:44,720 --> 00:14:48,850 to the liturgical calendar in terms of holidays. 311 00:14:48,850 --> 00:14:50,350 It runs for nine months. 312 00:14:50,350 --> 00:14:53,230 In the summer the minister and the worship associates 313 00:14:53,230 --> 00:14:55,330 put together a different type program. 314 00:14:55,330 --> 00:14:57,840 Religious education runs a summer program 315 00:14:57,840 --> 00:15:00,797 that is themed to something for the summer. 316 00:15:00,797 --> 00:15:02,380 A couple of years ago it was Hogwarts, 317 00:15:02,380 --> 00:15:04,230 this year it's evolution. 318 00:15:04,230 --> 00:15:09,560 It doesn't tie to thematic ministry yet. 319 00:15:09,560 --> 00:15:13,160 Our religious education classes focus on the monthly theme. 320 00:15:13,160 --> 00:15:14,740 As you look at those, some of them 321 00:15:14,740 --> 00:15:18,110 are probably a little bit more applicable to all ages. 322 00:15:18,110 --> 00:15:20,090 Some of them are really hard to translate 323 00:15:20,090 --> 00:15:22,500 to preschool and kindergarten. 324 00:15:22,500 --> 00:15:24,520 And yet there is benefit, I think, 325 00:15:24,520 --> 00:15:26,980 to having everybody talk about the same things, 326 00:15:26,980 --> 00:15:29,672 even if it's on a very, very simple level. 327 00:15:29,672 --> 00:15:30,970 Audience: Can you speak up? 328 00:15:30,970 --> 00:15:32,050 Kathy Smith: Speak up. 329 00:15:32,050 --> 00:15:36,390 Goodness gracious, I can do that. 330 00:15:36,390 --> 00:15:38,200 So a little bit about the nuts and bolts 331 00:15:38,200 --> 00:15:40,230 of how we do what we do. 332 00:15:40,230 --> 00:15:43,880 The worship services start with all ages in the sanctuary, 333 00:15:43,880 --> 00:15:45,760 except for nursery and preschool. 334 00:15:45,760 --> 00:15:48,030 The message for all ages is generally a story. 335 00:15:48,030 --> 00:15:51,080 Sometimes it's a meditation, a poem, or a song. 336 00:15:51,080 --> 00:15:55,000 I use slides or reader's theater or sometimes puppets, sometimes 337 00:15:55,000 --> 00:15:56,570 a spirit play type story. 338 00:15:56,570 --> 00:15:59,670 Occasionally a wonder box type story. 339 00:15:59,670 --> 00:16:02,750 All with the purpose of engaging the entire congregation, not 340 00:16:02,750 --> 00:16:05,750 just the children. 341 00:16:05,750 --> 00:16:07,320 Next slide. 342 00:16:07,320 --> 00:16:10,890 The last Sunday of the month is a children's chapel. 343 00:16:10,890 --> 00:16:13,500 Instead of religious education I take the kindergarten 344 00:16:13,500 --> 00:16:15,830 through seventh graders into a classroom 345 00:16:15,830 --> 00:16:18,810 and we do a 45-minute worship service 346 00:16:18,810 --> 00:16:23,480 that is age-appropriate for K-7. 347 00:16:23,480 --> 00:16:25,600 The eighth and ninth classes and high school 348 00:16:25,600 --> 00:16:27,630 go ahead and have their regular class. 349 00:16:27,630 --> 00:16:30,500 All of the other Sundays we have age group classes, 350 00:16:30,500 --> 00:16:32,260 and I run seven classes. 351 00:16:32,260 --> 00:16:36,110 As I said, very traditional looking. 352 00:16:36,110 --> 00:16:37,870 And all of the lessons in the month 353 00:16:37,870 --> 00:16:40,160 will be based to the theme except for Coming of Age 354 00:16:40,160 --> 00:16:43,010 and Our Whole Lives, which of course have their own agenda 355 00:16:43,010 --> 00:16:44,840 and curriculum. 356 00:16:44,840 --> 00:16:48,850 How are the lessons structured? 357 00:16:48,850 --> 00:16:52,740 This one is-- we did a monthly theme on love, 358 00:16:52,740 --> 00:16:53,960 if I'm recalling correctly. 359 00:16:53,960 --> 00:16:55,850 And of course it was February, which 360 00:16:55,850 --> 00:16:58,760 happened to coincide with Standing on the Side of Love. 361 00:16:58,760 --> 00:17:02,860 And so we themed our initial lesson to Standing 362 00:17:02,860 --> 00:17:04,970 on the Side of Love, with each class 363 00:17:04,970 --> 00:17:08,599 doing a part of the project which then tied together 364 00:17:08,599 --> 00:17:11,329 as a whole. 365 00:17:11,329 --> 00:17:13,169 Keep on moving, Pat. 366 00:17:13,169 --> 00:17:14,835 There we are, there's the bulletin board 367 00:17:14,835 --> 00:17:16,910 that came from the whole thing. 368 00:17:16,910 --> 00:17:18,970 And then the next two or three lessons 369 00:17:18,970 --> 00:17:21,750 will carry through the theme, going in depth age 370 00:17:21,750 --> 00:17:24,829 appropriately, through activities or experiences. 371 00:17:24,829 --> 00:17:27,640 And then the children's chapel comes at the end of the month 372 00:17:27,640 --> 00:17:29,560 and offers a child-centered worship experience 373 00:17:29,560 --> 00:17:31,560 that gives us a chance to talk a little bit more 374 00:17:31,560 --> 00:17:33,750 about any questions that may have come up. 375 00:17:33,750 --> 00:17:36,840 A couple of things that I do for the whole congregation-- 376 00:17:36,840 --> 00:17:41,700 every week in the weekly email I do a this is what's coming up 377 00:17:41,700 --> 00:17:45,370 this week, age-tailored for each class. 378 00:17:45,370 --> 00:17:47,520 This is our lesson, this is what we're going to do. 379 00:17:47,520 --> 00:17:50,930 And then the weekly bulletin has this is what we did, 380 00:17:50,930 --> 00:17:53,110 here's a question you can ask your child. 381 00:17:53,110 --> 00:17:55,810 And I've actually been told that a lot of the families, they 382 00:17:55,810 --> 00:17:58,050 use my questions, which is so exciting. 383 00:17:58,050 --> 00:18:00,150 And sometimes the adults talk about the questions, 384 00:18:00,150 --> 00:18:04,240 which I also find really happy making. 385 00:18:04,240 --> 00:18:07,270 And then the next series of slides is similar. 386 00:18:07,270 --> 00:18:09,750 This is the stewardship of our community lesson. 387 00:18:09,750 --> 00:18:12,560 We have a community garden on our back 40. 388 00:18:12,560 --> 00:18:16,470 And we were able to tie it in with lessons and experiences 389 00:18:16,470 --> 00:18:18,220 for all of our age groups. 390 00:18:18,220 --> 00:18:20,610 One of the benefits of this is that it allows everybody 391 00:18:20,610 --> 00:18:23,950 in the church to experience the same idea in different ways 392 00:18:23,950 --> 00:18:26,680 that they can each engage in. 393 00:18:26,680 --> 00:18:28,300 These are the adults. 394 00:18:28,300 --> 00:18:30,360 This is our little people. 395 00:18:30,360 --> 00:18:33,820 And this is one of our middle age range classes. 396 00:18:33,820 --> 00:18:37,130 They were all able to plant and talk about stewardship 397 00:18:37,130 --> 00:18:39,650 using the metaphor of gardening. 398 00:18:39,650 --> 00:18:42,010 You may ask, how do I come up with religious education 399 00:18:42,010 --> 00:18:42,810 lessons. 400 00:18:42,810 --> 00:18:45,650 Most of them are coming from existing curriculum. 401 00:18:45,650 --> 00:18:48,940 Thank heavens for Tapestry of Faith and the fact 402 00:18:48,940 --> 00:18:53,020 that it is searchable and hopefully later this summer 403 00:18:53,020 --> 00:18:56,170 will be even more searchable by theme. 404 00:18:56,170 --> 00:18:59,070 I also use some existing lessons from curriculum. 405 00:18:59,070 --> 00:19:00,620 Our church has an enormous library 406 00:19:00,620 --> 00:19:02,510 of curriculum going back 20 years. 407 00:19:02,510 --> 00:19:04,650 If I can't find what I want in Tapestry of Faith 408 00:19:04,650 --> 00:19:09,320 I will pull it out of another lesson. 409 00:19:09,320 --> 00:19:11,370 Oftentimes I will take one lesson 410 00:19:11,370 --> 00:19:13,520 and repeat it across the different age 411 00:19:13,520 --> 00:19:15,400 ranges so that they will be doing 412 00:19:15,400 --> 00:19:19,640 the same thing or the same idea with a different application 413 00:19:19,640 --> 00:19:21,610 as they get older. 414 00:19:21,610 --> 00:19:24,480 I really think there's a value to repeating the same core 415 00:19:24,480 --> 00:19:27,680 set of stories over and over again. 416 00:19:27,680 --> 00:19:29,610 Once every three years is really not 417 00:19:29,610 --> 00:19:33,220 too often to hear the parable of Jesus the sower 418 00:19:33,220 --> 00:19:35,520 or to talk about what life would be like 419 00:19:35,520 --> 00:19:38,620 if we all lived by the theories of stone soup 420 00:19:38,620 --> 00:19:40,870 and contributed to our communities. 421 00:19:40,870 --> 00:19:43,380 Or to talk about the golden rule and what it really 422 00:19:43,380 --> 00:19:47,200 means in our lives. 423 00:19:47,200 --> 00:19:50,040 Yes, I keep a computer record. 424 00:19:50,040 --> 00:19:52,760 No, I'm not ready to share my lessons. 425 00:19:52,760 --> 00:19:54,280 Sorry. 426 00:19:54,280 --> 00:19:56,750 And at the end of the three-year cycle-- 427 00:19:56,750 --> 00:19:59,070 we are two years through the three-year cycle-- 428 00:19:59,070 --> 00:20:01,270 we will have a set of lessons which we will then 429 00:20:01,270 --> 00:20:02,280 repeat again. 430 00:20:02,280 --> 00:20:05,500 Our expectation is to do a three-year liturgical theme 431 00:20:05,500 --> 00:20:09,660 so that both worship and religious education 432 00:20:09,660 --> 00:20:11,292 rotate through on that cycle. 433 00:20:11,292 --> 00:20:13,500 And next time through I'm going to refine the lessons 434 00:20:13,500 --> 00:20:14,640 that I have this time. 435 00:20:14,640 --> 00:20:17,850 It is a growth and learning experience for all of us. 436 00:20:17,850 --> 00:20:21,020 And so I wrapped it up with a photograph of our kids. 437 00:20:21,020 --> 00:20:22,550 And thank you. 438 00:20:22,550 --> 00:20:25,050 Thank you so much for paying attention and coming 439 00:20:25,050 --> 00:20:26,190 to our workshop. 440 00:20:26,190 --> 00:20:27,910 Again, my name is Kathy Smith, and I'm 441 00:20:27,910 --> 00:20:30,210 with Community UU Church in Plano, Texas. 442 00:20:30,210 --> 00:20:46,422 [APPLAUSE] 443 00:20:46,422 --> 00:20:47,630 Sheila Schuh: Good afternoon. 444 00:20:47,630 --> 00:20:50,740 I'm Sheila Schuh, the director of religious education 445 00:20:50,740 --> 00:20:53,540 at First Unitarian Church in Rochester, New York. 446 00:20:53,540 --> 00:20:57,400 We are a large congregation of over 1,000 people 447 00:20:57,400 --> 00:21:01,780 and about 280 to 300 children and youth. 448 00:21:01,780 --> 00:21:05,470 I'm going to start with the top 10 reasons 449 00:21:05,470 --> 00:21:08,810 why you will consider theme-based ministry. 450 00:21:08,810 --> 00:21:13,530 If that's what you're here for I'm hoping to sell you on it. 451 00:21:13,530 --> 00:21:15,992 This is not David Letterman's top 10. 452 00:21:15,992 --> 00:21:16,950 It doesn't go in order. 453 00:21:16,950 --> 00:21:18,940 So I'm just going to mention the things 454 00:21:18,940 --> 00:21:21,150 that I've found over the years-- I've done it 455 00:21:21,150 --> 00:21:24,710 for five years now-- the reasons why I still do it 456 00:21:24,710 --> 00:21:26,420 and I'm committed to it. 457 00:21:26,420 --> 00:21:29,330 First of all, list positive energy and the engagement 458 00:21:29,330 --> 00:21:31,300 of volunteers. 459 00:21:31,300 --> 00:21:34,930 Coming in in an RE position where they were volunteering 460 00:21:34,930 --> 00:21:37,480 parents every other year for a full year, 461 00:21:37,480 --> 00:21:39,480 there's lots of burnout and drag. 462 00:21:39,480 --> 00:21:42,020 In this model volunteers come in-- this 463 00:21:42,020 --> 00:21:43,630 is a theme-- they're excited about it 464 00:21:43,630 --> 00:21:46,920 and the energy is really positive. 465 00:21:46,920 --> 00:21:49,170 Tailors to the congregation, your own traditions, 466 00:21:49,170 --> 00:21:50,374 your history and mission. 467 00:21:50,374 --> 00:21:51,790 You've heard some of that already, 468 00:21:51,790 --> 00:21:54,400 about how you can use the themes to weave 469 00:21:54,400 --> 00:21:56,730 in some of your own stuff. 470 00:21:56,730 --> 00:21:59,500 Worship for you, which is developmental engagement 471 00:21:59,500 --> 00:22:00,880 and the whole experience. 472 00:22:00,880 --> 00:22:04,320 So in our programming we have worship at each level, 473 00:22:04,320 --> 00:22:07,720 from kindergarten through youth group. 474 00:22:07,720 --> 00:22:09,880 And then the adults of course. 475 00:22:09,880 --> 00:22:13,120 Cross-generational ties and family, including parenting. 476 00:22:13,120 --> 00:22:17,570 So in our model the theme that the children 477 00:22:17,570 --> 00:22:20,770 have for their morning is also the theme that's in worship. 478 00:22:20,770 --> 00:22:22,320 And so that's what our hope is, is 479 00:22:22,320 --> 00:22:24,590 that we have those questions that parents 480 00:22:24,590 --> 00:22:27,170 can ask their kids about the theme. 481 00:22:27,170 --> 00:22:28,530 The congregation as a whole. 482 00:22:28,530 --> 00:22:30,240 So if I see somebody walking around 483 00:22:30,240 --> 00:22:33,560 with a pink streak in their hair and it's the month of color, 484 00:22:33,560 --> 00:22:36,020 I know that person is doing some work on their own, 485 00:22:36,020 --> 00:22:39,530 in their own group on what the theme is. 486 00:22:39,530 --> 00:22:40,890 And then in humanity. 487 00:22:40,890 --> 00:22:44,460 I feel like it's important that whether you're five or 95 488 00:22:44,460 --> 00:22:46,310 that the themes we choose are hitting you 489 00:22:46,310 --> 00:22:49,210 at some spiritual place and that they do connect us 490 00:22:49,210 --> 00:22:53,190 all in the wider human family. 491 00:22:53,190 --> 00:22:55,390 This ties the seasonal to the spiritual. 492 00:22:55,390 --> 00:22:58,920 Also it's creating a kind of liturgical calendar 493 00:22:58,920 --> 00:23:00,760 for our church. 494 00:23:00,760 --> 00:23:03,110 In terms of the themes that are chosen 495 00:23:03,110 --> 00:23:06,410 are chosen in mind with both what's happening culturally 496 00:23:06,410 --> 00:23:08,800 and also in the environment and in nature. 497 00:23:08,800 --> 00:23:15,540 So I feel like it does resonate on some levels every year. 498 00:23:15,540 --> 00:23:18,220 The themes offer a base for creativity and curiosity. 499 00:23:18,220 --> 00:23:20,670 As you know, we UUs are full of ideas. 500 00:23:20,670 --> 00:23:24,520 And so it does help us to narrow that container a little bit. 501 00:23:24,520 --> 00:23:27,320 And then from there we go out, instead of having people 502 00:23:27,320 --> 00:23:30,236 all over the place. 503 00:23:30,236 --> 00:23:31,610 For me this is an important one-- 504 00:23:31,610 --> 00:23:34,460 stretches your spiritual focus in a direction you may not 505 00:23:34,460 --> 00:23:35,760 have considered. 506 00:23:35,760 --> 00:23:38,780 So you may be comfortable with evolution 507 00:23:38,780 --> 00:23:41,550 as a theme for the month of whatever-- January 508 00:23:41,550 --> 00:23:43,760 or February-- but not so comfortable 509 00:23:43,760 --> 00:23:46,140 with vulnerability for a whole month. 510 00:23:46,140 --> 00:23:49,630 So it does force you to spiritually sit 511 00:23:49,630 --> 00:23:51,140 with each theme. 512 00:23:51,140 --> 00:23:54,460 And also developmentally, what is that like for a child versus 513 00:23:54,460 --> 00:23:57,130 was it like for somebody who's aging. 514 00:23:57,130 --> 00:23:58,310 Very different. 515 00:23:58,310 --> 00:24:01,540 And it really makes you sit with it. 516 00:24:01,540 --> 00:24:05,330 Economies of scale. 517 00:24:05,330 --> 00:24:08,290 And a large church model that we have-- and we also 518 00:24:08,290 --> 00:24:10,130 have a partner church-- economies of scale 519 00:24:10,130 --> 00:24:11,790 is especially important. 520 00:24:11,790 --> 00:24:15,060 It allows us to share information, resources, 521 00:24:15,060 --> 00:24:18,450 sermoning-- everything across the board with our partner 522 00:24:18,450 --> 00:24:19,260 church. 523 00:24:19,260 --> 00:24:23,000 And so in that way economies of scale-- themes 524 00:24:23,000 --> 00:24:27,810 are a great tool in that collaboration. 525 00:24:27,810 --> 00:24:29,810 The spiritual connection with the DRE and others 526 00:24:29,810 --> 00:24:32,240 for programming and for pastoral care. 527 00:24:32,240 --> 00:24:35,310 This may seem like a small thing but it helps me not 528 00:24:35,310 --> 00:24:37,990 to be just principal administrator. 529 00:24:37,990 --> 00:24:39,880 But also because I'm doing worship 530 00:24:39,880 --> 00:24:41,440 and my directors are doing worship 531 00:24:41,440 --> 00:24:43,195 with children and youth, it helps 532 00:24:43,195 --> 00:24:47,690 pull that spiritual energy to deepen that relational life. 533 00:24:47,690 --> 00:24:50,220 We don't have set classrooms. 534 00:24:50,220 --> 00:24:52,990 We're talking about groups and worship. 535 00:24:52,990 --> 00:24:55,600 And so it is a very different kind of relationship 536 00:24:55,600 --> 00:25:00,810 when you worship with the children that you're serving. 537 00:25:00,810 --> 00:25:06,062 Also it invites leaders to a deeper level of internal work. 538 00:25:06,062 --> 00:25:08,270 So that's also something that I found over the years, 539 00:25:08,270 --> 00:25:11,510 that it forces me as the Director of Religious 540 00:25:11,510 --> 00:25:14,470 Education-- and it will force the ministry of music, 541 00:25:14,470 --> 00:25:17,810 in his own way, or the ministers in their own way-- 542 00:25:17,810 --> 00:25:21,470 to really sit with those themes for the whole month. 543 00:25:21,470 --> 00:25:23,580 And to work on how's that hitting me 544 00:25:23,580 --> 00:25:26,620 and how do I bring myself to church knowing that work 545 00:25:26,620 --> 00:25:29,460 is still going on in myself. 546 00:25:29,460 --> 00:25:30,020 OK. 547 00:25:30,020 --> 00:25:31,940 That's the top 10. 548 00:25:31,940 --> 00:25:33,190 A little bit about our church. 549 00:25:33,190 --> 00:25:36,720 First Unitarian, our mission is listening to your deepest self, 550 00:25:36,720 --> 00:25:38,480 opening to life's gifts, and serving 551 00:25:38,480 --> 00:25:39,990 needs greater than your own. 552 00:25:39,990 --> 00:25:43,970 This is what we're running right now-- Worship on the Theme. 553 00:25:43,970 --> 00:25:48,120 Three adult worship times, three K through fifth times. 554 00:25:48,120 --> 00:25:52,100 So we have RE at the same time of worship. 555 00:25:52,100 --> 00:25:55,660 And we're having all these separate age groups 556 00:25:55,660 --> 00:25:59,710 have their own worship and their own small groups. 557 00:25:59,710 --> 00:26:03,780 So for me, I run the theme-based K 558 00:26:03,780 --> 00:26:06,130 through five workshop adventure program. 559 00:26:06,130 --> 00:26:11,660 And that is a theme-based workshop rotation model. 560 00:26:11,660 --> 00:26:14,680 The adult spiritual development is on the Soul Matters sharing 561 00:26:14,680 --> 00:26:18,340 circle, which is developed by our previous minister, Scott 562 00:26:18,340 --> 00:26:21,630 Taylor, who is still developing those packets. 563 00:26:21,630 --> 00:26:25,270 And we are running now 30 group on Soul Matters. 564 00:26:25,270 --> 00:26:26,950 We now have teen Soul Matters. 565 00:26:26,950 --> 00:26:28,450 And then we have various groups that 566 00:26:28,450 --> 00:26:30,830 have adopted the themes for their own media, 567 00:26:30,830 --> 00:26:35,300 like an arts group that's on a theme for Soul Matters. 568 00:26:35,300 --> 00:26:38,990 In terms of our media, we have a monthly reflection 569 00:26:38,990 --> 00:26:40,610 from the minister on a theme. 570 00:26:40,610 --> 00:26:42,760 We have all my program newsletters, 571 00:26:42,760 --> 00:26:46,920 so pre-K newsletter, the K through five newsletter, 572 00:26:46,920 --> 00:26:49,520 the junior high spiritual survivor newsletter, 573 00:26:49,520 --> 00:26:52,100 the coming of age newsletter, and youth group newsletter. 574 00:26:52,100 --> 00:26:55,550 Those all have the theme in it tied to our mission. 575 00:26:55,550 --> 00:26:57,880 So Listen, Open, Serve and how's the theme related 576 00:26:57,880 --> 00:26:59,840 to that goes out to every parent if you 577 00:26:59,840 --> 00:27:02,880 have a child in that program. 578 00:27:02,880 --> 00:27:04,870 The summer all-church spiritual assignment-- 579 00:27:04,870 --> 00:27:09,032 so we have a theme for the summer as well, 580 00:27:09,032 --> 00:27:10,990 and the whole church has a spiritual assignment 581 00:27:10,990 --> 00:27:13,560 including kindergarten on up. 582 00:27:13,560 --> 00:27:16,750 And summer RE-- I developed those sessions based 583 00:27:16,750 --> 00:27:19,970 on the theme as well, for our RE programming in the summer. 584 00:27:19,970 --> 00:27:25,290 And something you may not know but usually our staff 585 00:27:25,290 --> 00:27:28,920 chooses a reading or something to center ourselves 586 00:27:28,920 --> 00:27:32,350 on the theme when we get together each week. 587 00:27:32,350 --> 00:27:37,487 OK. 588 00:27:37,487 --> 00:27:39,070 The most fun that I wanted to bring to 589 00:27:39,070 --> 00:27:40,820 really is about the organic growth 590 00:27:40,820 --> 00:27:43,000 and to be mindful that when you choose 591 00:27:43,000 --> 00:27:46,590 to do the themes to have that listening ear to how things 592 00:27:46,590 --> 00:27:48,640 want to change in your programming. 593 00:27:48,640 --> 00:27:52,680 And so I brought some of mine to share with you, 594 00:27:52,680 --> 00:27:54,420 when you do the themes, how it can 595 00:27:54,420 --> 00:27:58,060 start to infiltrate other areas of your programming. 596 00:27:58,060 --> 00:28:02,350 So these are examples of what has happened over the five 597 00:28:02,350 --> 00:28:05,180 years that I've done this programming in terms 598 00:28:05,180 --> 00:28:07,520 of worship. 599 00:28:07,520 --> 00:28:11,084 For example, the theme in the greeting. 600 00:28:11,084 --> 00:28:13,250 So normally in church you'd have a time of greeting. 601 00:28:13,250 --> 00:28:14,010 It's very general. 602 00:28:14,010 --> 00:28:16,870 But for me, in the children and youth ones, 603 00:28:16,870 --> 00:28:18,860 we have it tailored to the theme. 604 00:28:18,860 --> 00:28:21,730 So right now I would ask you, since this 605 00:28:21,730 --> 00:28:24,720 is the month of praise, turn to your neighbor 606 00:28:24,720 --> 00:28:29,976 and say an affirmation such as, how lovely are your, 607 00:28:29,976 --> 00:28:31,600 and then give them some word of praise. 608 00:28:31,600 --> 00:28:50,510 [AUDIENCE CHATTERING] 609 00:28:50,510 --> 00:28:55,280 OK. 610 00:28:55,280 --> 00:28:57,130 OK, I'll bring it back in. 611 00:28:57,130 --> 00:29:12,130 [AUDIENCE CHATTERING] 612 00:29:12,130 --> 00:29:14,742 I see that it's very effective for you 613 00:29:14,742 --> 00:29:25,770 to-- so you see how easy it is to simply give 614 00:29:25,770 --> 00:29:28,240 a little bit of direction and the theme comes right 615 00:29:28,240 --> 00:29:29,850 out of people and their humanity. 616 00:29:29,850 --> 00:29:32,780 It's very easy for kids, if they have a focus, 617 00:29:32,780 --> 00:29:35,320 to share something about the theme and even just 618 00:29:35,320 --> 00:29:38,560 like that in the way that they greet each other. 619 00:29:38,560 --> 00:29:41,120 The next thing that has grown in our program 620 00:29:41,120 --> 00:29:46,570 is mindfulness training across the ages from pre-K 621 00:29:46,570 --> 00:29:47,550 through youth group. 622 00:29:47,550 --> 00:29:50,160 And one of the things that we have integrated 623 00:29:50,160 --> 00:29:52,860 into the worship service is mindfulness breathing. 624 00:29:52,860 --> 00:29:55,110 And it's a very simple thing for the younger children, 625 00:29:55,110 --> 00:29:57,060 in that builds over time. 626 00:29:57,060 --> 00:30:03,000 In this case we tie it to the natural world. 627 00:30:03,000 --> 00:30:06,270 Because my fear is that kids are losing that connection 628 00:30:06,270 --> 00:30:07,850 with body and the environment. 629 00:30:07,850 --> 00:30:10,660 And so we do our mindfulness breathing 630 00:30:10,660 --> 00:30:13,830 relating body, environment, and the theme. 631 00:30:13,830 --> 00:30:16,462 So if you'd join me in just a second-- 632 00:30:16,462 --> 00:30:18,420 if you want to center yourselves for a second-- 633 00:30:18,420 --> 00:30:24,870 I'll just show you what that's like. 634 00:30:24,870 --> 00:30:28,420 So since this is the month of praise 635 00:30:28,420 --> 00:30:31,030 I would like us to take just a moment 636 00:30:31,030 --> 00:30:33,840 to focus our attention on the fact 637 00:30:33,840 --> 00:30:37,700 that even though we are in this humanly-built building, 638 00:30:37,700 --> 00:30:40,810 that our bodies still require the praise 639 00:30:40,810 --> 00:30:45,710 and glory of the trees outside of this place. 640 00:30:45,710 --> 00:30:48,560 We need it for our breath, and we need it for the air 641 00:30:48,560 --> 00:30:51,750 that we breathe that feeds our bodies. 642 00:30:51,750 --> 00:30:56,070 So for the children I just do the simple mindfulness 643 00:30:56,070 --> 00:30:58,800 of calling to mind the trees in your mind. 644 00:30:58,800 --> 00:31:03,500 And then we just sing three times, breath in. 645 00:31:03,500 --> 00:31:04,620 And take a breath. 646 00:31:04,620 --> 00:31:10,120 And then, breathe out. 647 00:31:10,120 --> 00:31:14,500 Breath in. 648 00:31:14,500 --> 00:31:20,090 Breath out. 649 00:31:20,090 --> 00:31:25,040 Breath in. 650 00:31:25,040 --> 00:31:34,920 Breath out. 651 00:31:34,920 --> 00:31:38,150 So even a child who is five years old can do that. 652 00:31:38,150 --> 00:31:40,460 And it's a way for us to have the theme 653 00:31:40,460 --> 00:31:44,050 and bring out some of those deeper parts of what 654 00:31:44,050 --> 00:31:46,910 our faith is about with them. 655 00:31:46,910 --> 00:31:50,250 Time of inquiry is one of my funnest things about worship. 656 00:31:50,250 --> 00:31:52,250 It's a time that worship pops, and it's 657 00:31:52,250 --> 00:31:55,460 a way to have kids think outside the box of the culture. 658 00:31:55,460 --> 00:31:59,210 This is a time when I ask them a question such as, OK, so 659 00:31:59,210 --> 00:32:03,420 say this pair of glasses has Google Glass 660 00:32:03,420 --> 00:32:07,160 or say it's a gratitude glasses. 661 00:32:07,160 --> 00:32:11,660 If you want Google Glass, think about the benefits of that. 662 00:32:11,660 --> 00:32:13,140 Think about the benefits of if it 663 00:32:13,140 --> 00:32:15,530 was a pair of gratitude glasses. 664 00:32:15,530 --> 00:32:18,260 I ask the kids this question-- what 665 00:32:18,260 --> 00:32:20,870 are the benefits of having a pair of gratitude glasses 666 00:32:20,870 --> 00:32:23,190 that if you put them on you would 667 00:32:23,190 --> 00:32:27,060 be able to see at all times the gifts around you. 668 00:32:27,060 --> 00:32:29,799 So if it is the month of praise, do 669 00:32:29,799 --> 00:32:31,590 think Google Glass, where you could look up 670 00:32:31,590 --> 00:32:34,880 the internet on your eye, would be more helpful 671 00:32:34,880 --> 00:32:38,680 or do you think having a pair of gratitude glasses would? 672 00:32:38,680 --> 00:32:42,720 And talking to them about hmm, how's 673 00:32:42,720 --> 00:32:45,770 the culture influencing the way that you see the world, 674 00:32:45,770 --> 00:32:50,800 the way that you're grateful for the things you have, et cetera. 675 00:32:50,800 --> 00:32:51,477 Do you get that? 676 00:32:51,477 --> 00:32:52,060 Audience: Yep. 677 00:32:52,060 --> 00:32:53,650 Sheila Schuh: OK. 678 00:32:53,650 --> 00:32:55,740 Reflection with the mission-- so any time 679 00:32:55,740 --> 00:33:00,730 that there's wisdom that's shared, 680 00:33:00,730 --> 00:33:02,550 we always reflect on it through the theme 681 00:33:02,550 --> 00:33:03,800 and through our mission. 682 00:33:03,800 --> 00:33:06,220 So if a guy's complaining all the time in the story 683 00:33:06,220 --> 00:33:09,145 that we've chosen and then he finally is redeemed, 684 00:33:09,145 --> 00:33:10,520 then I'll ask the kids, what does 685 00:33:10,520 --> 00:33:14,980 it have to teach us about praise. 686 00:33:14,980 --> 00:33:20,330 As a UU living in the world how do we open to life's gifts? 687 00:33:20,330 --> 00:33:22,300 That's one of our missions. 688 00:33:22,300 --> 00:33:24,650 And then ties to the rites of passage, 689 00:33:24,650 --> 00:33:29,650 we have now our rites of passage at each juncture 690 00:33:29,650 --> 00:33:32,860 of programming-- coming of age, bridging-- all of those 691 00:33:32,860 --> 00:33:38,130 are theme-based on whatever the theme is that they occur in. 692 00:33:38,130 --> 00:33:39,760 OK, so moving on. 693 00:33:39,760 --> 00:33:41,310 Whoops-- there we go. 694 00:33:41,310 --> 00:33:42,570 Those were all worship pieces. 695 00:33:42,570 --> 00:33:44,111 And I'm just going to quickly go over 696 00:33:44,111 --> 00:33:47,680 some of the small group pieces. 697 00:33:47,680 --> 00:33:54,130 The small group pieces are-- in my programming K5 698 00:33:54,130 --> 00:33:59,750 I've now switched from using themes, modalities in rooms-- 699 00:33:59,750 --> 00:34:02,510 so the theme happens in worship, like praise, 700 00:34:02,510 --> 00:34:05,510 and then you'd go into a room of art, music, dance mini 701 00:34:05,510 --> 00:34:09,699 world, which is really like spiritual play 702 00:34:09,699 --> 00:34:15,260 or social action-- now the sources are our six rooms. 703 00:34:15,260 --> 00:34:17,210 So you'd hear the theme in worship 704 00:34:17,210 --> 00:34:19,540 and then you go into a room-- like the thinking cap 705 00:34:19,540 --> 00:34:24,080 lab is about humanism, or you go into the guru gym, which 706 00:34:24,080 --> 00:34:27,580 is about world religious traditions and teachings, 707 00:34:27,580 --> 00:34:29,590 or you go into the superhero city, which 708 00:34:29,590 --> 00:34:32,510 is our prophetic deeds of men and women. 709 00:34:32,510 --> 00:34:35,179 So each of the rooms represents one of the six sources 710 00:34:35,179 --> 00:34:38,480 that the kids will rotate into. 711 00:34:38,480 --> 00:34:40,120 The themes cross over into skills 712 00:34:40,120 --> 00:34:42,790 and action-based challenges in our spiritual survivor 713 00:34:42,790 --> 00:34:45,810 program, which is our program for six through eighth graders. 714 00:34:45,810 --> 00:34:50,170 So they may be doing a unit on the Herd Challenge 715 00:34:50,170 --> 00:34:52,150 and the worship would be about-- say 716 00:34:52,150 --> 00:34:56,830 for example voice is the theme of the month 717 00:34:56,830 --> 00:35:00,900 and then they would be going out to do voter registration. 718 00:35:00,900 --> 00:35:02,870 See how that all ties together? 719 00:35:02,870 --> 00:35:04,030 Yeah. 720 00:35:04,030 --> 00:35:06,890 Teen Soul Matters-- this year our teens 721 00:35:06,890 --> 00:35:08,410 advocated for themselves and wanted 722 00:35:08,410 --> 00:35:10,850 to get on the Soul Matters sharing circle themselves. 723 00:35:10,850 --> 00:35:13,830 And so the teens now are on the Soul Matters packets. 724 00:35:13,830 --> 00:35:17,810 And the summer, our activities, I already talked about that. 725 00:35:17,810 --> 00:35:21,350 And our junior high drama group also did a review this year 726 00:35:21,350 --> 00:35:24,370 on one of the monthly themes, which is kind of fun. 727 00:35:24,370 --> 00:35:27,050 All their poetry and music and stuff that they wanted to do 728 00:35:27,050 --> 00:35:28,390 were around that. 729 00:35:28,390 --> 00:35:31,550 Coming in the next year-- I just piloted, 730 00:35:31,550 --> 00:35:34,070 this year, parenting as a spiritual practice, 731 00:35:34,070 --> 00:35:37,290 which combines the mindfulness training elements that we 732 00:35:37,290 --> 00:35:39,810 are working with our children and youth on 733 00:35:39,810 --> 00:35:42,360 and also nonviolent communication for our parents, 734 00:35:42,360 --> 00:35:43,930 and gratitude practice. 735 00:35:43,930 --> 00:35:45,230 So all those three elements. 736 00:35:45,230 --> 00:35:47,750 And the parents asked me at the end of the year, 737 00:35:47,750 --> 00:35:50,810 can we have more theme stuff included in that. 738 00:35:50,810 --> 00:35:52,610 So that's going to be really exciting. 739 00:35:52,610 --> 00:35:55,050 Parents in that group also are seeding another group 740 00:35:55,050 --> 00:35:59,520 of parenting Soul Matters on theme. 741 00:35:59,520 --> 00:36:01,720 And our [? seeway ?] program-- one of the things 742 00:36:01,720 --> 00:36:04,960 I'm pushing for is an individual spiritual plan 743 00:36:04,960 --> 00:36:09,030 around a stumbling block that a child or youth would have 744 00:36:09,030 --> 00:36:11,580 and how it relates to our mission. 745 00:36:11,580 --> 00:36:13,880 And then say, for example, one of your things 746 00:36:13,880 --> 00:36:15,920 as a 14-year-old is patience. 747 00:36:15,920 --> 00:36:17,380 You have none of it. 748 00:36:17,380 --> 00:36:20,347 So you could use that as your core thing 749 00:36:20,347 --> 00:36:21,930 that you're going to work on all year. 750 00:36:21,930 --> 00:36:26,740 And you're going to work on that through the theme with a mentor 751 00:36:26,740 --> 00:36:27,970 every month. 752 00:36:27,970 --> 00:36:28,640 Pretty cool. 753 00:36:28,640 --> 00:36:29,840 I'm loving that idea. 754 00:36:29,840 --> 00:36:32,160 I hope it happens. 755 00:36:32,160 --> 00:36:36,420 And one of the other things I'm hoping to do at some point 756 00:36:36,420 --> 00:36:41,710 is to have some of this texting, and more manual stuff 757 00:36:41,710 --> 00:36:45,010 that people can get through their technology, 758 00:36:45,010 --> 00:36:47,429 on theme throughout the week. 759 00:36:47,429 --> 00:36:49,720 So it'd be easy with our parents-- our parents actually 760 00:36:49,720 --> 00:36:51,030 ask me for that. 761 00:36:51,030 --> 00:36:53,630 Like, can you send me-- because there is a mindfulness 762 00:36:53,630 --> 00:36:59,510 education program developed for adolescents called .b, 763 00:36:59,510 --> 00:37:01,450 which we're integrating. 764 00:37:01,450 --> 00:37:04,110 You can .b someone on your phone, which is period b, 765 00:37:04,110 --> 00:37:06,660 which means pause and breath. 766 00:37:06,660 --> 00:37:09,390 And so we're integrating that this year. 767 00:37:09,390 --> 00:37:12,280 And I'd like to share that with some of the parents. 768 00:37:12,280 --> 00:37:15,570 Same idea, you can text each other. 769 00:37:15,570 --> 00:37:18,950 The other thing that Scott Taylor and I are going to do 770 00:37:18,950 --> 00:37:23,030 is-- for those of us who are on the first Unitarians 771 00:37:23,030 --> 00:37:26,510 themes, the sharing circle, I think 772 00:37:26,510 --> 00:37:30,150 there are 50 churches now-- he'll 773 00:37:30,150 --> 00:37:34,610 be creating folders for each community's RE pieces 774 00:37:34,610 --> 00:37:36,570 so that we can dump our material in there. 775 00:37:36,570 --> 00:37:38,350 And I'm promising to dump mine in there 776 00:37:38,350 --> 00:37:42,060 for anybody who's on the sharing circle. 777 00:37:42,060 --> 00:37:42,625 Thank you. 778 00:37:42,625 --> 00:38:02,320 [APPLAUSE] 779 00:38:02,320 --> 00:38:04,230 Matthew Johnson: I'm Matthew Johnson. 780 00:38:04,230 --> 00:38:07,410 I am the senior minister at the Unitarian Universalist 781 00:38:07,410 --> 00:38:10,760 Church in Rockford, Illinois. 782 00:38:10,760 --> 00:38:15,340 We're a mid-size congregation in the industrial heartland. 783 00:38:15,340 --> 00:38:18,670 360 adults and 100 kids registered, 784 00:38:18,670 --> 00:38:23,610 which means we have about 35 to 40 each week on average, 785 00:38:23,610 --> 00:38:28,060 sometimes a lot less depending on the weather. 786 00:38:28,060 --> 00:38:34,410 When it's 20 below our children are not present. 787 00:38:34,410 --> 00:38:37,660 You've heard some about themes. 788 00:38:37,660 --> 00:38:42,530 And we just finished our first year with themes. 789 00:38:42,530 --> 00:38:46,310 And I heard about themes for the first time about five 790 00:38:46,310 --> 00:38:49,120 or six years ago from a visit to Unity Unitarian 791 00:38:49,120 --> 00:38:54,100 in Saint Paul, which has five themes that the children work 792 00:38:54,100 --> 00:38:57,450 through each year and also monthly themes for the adults. 793 00:38:57,450 --> 00:39:00,640 They're not aligned to each other. 794 00:39:00,640 --> 00:39:04,580 But I liked the idea of the monthly theme 795 00:39:04,580 --> 00:39:06,690 for the adults and the way that that 796 00:39:06,690 --> 00:39:08,650 connected the congregation. 797 00:39:08,650 --> 00:39:11,540 The congregation I serve-- I've been there six years-- 798 00:39:11,540 --> 00:39:15,210 has a lot of clicks, as a long-established congregation 799 00:39:15,210 --> 00:39:16,450 often does. 800 00:39:16,450 --> 00:39:18,800 How do we get people to be having the same conversation? 801 00:39:18,800 --> 00:39:21,830 And themes really was attractive in that way. 802 00:39:21,830 --> 00:39:24,060 And then I heard from Scott Taylor-- who 803 00:39:24,060 --> 00:39:25,910 we've heard mentioned already, now 804 00:39:25,910 --> 00:39:27,950 the director of congregational life at the UUA 805 00:39:27,950 --> 00:39:31,650 and was the co-minister at First Unitarian in Rochester, 806 00:39:31,650 --> 00:39:34,560 New York-- a couple of times in a workshop about themes 807 00:39:34,560 --> 00:39:37,810 and about the way that it can connect within the congregation 808 00:39:37,810 --> 00:39:40,350 and to other congregations doing the same themes. 809 00:39:40,350 --> 00:39:41,960 And I was thrilled. 810 00:39:41,960 --> 00:39:45,300 Brought that back to my leaders who put it in our strategy 811 00:39:45,300 --> 00:39:47,150 plan that we were going to do it. 812 00:39:47,150 --> 00:39:48,730 And we were excited about doing it. 813 00:39:48,730 --> 00:39:50,890 So themes was part of it. 814 00:39:50,890 --> 00:39:53,460 At the same time we were having another conversation 815 00:39:53,460 --> 00:39:57,900 about why workshop rotation model. 816 00:39:57,900 --> 00:40:02,405 Our feeling was that the sequential curriculum-- 817 00:40:02,405 --> 00:40:04,530 we do this this week and then we do the next lesson 818 00:40:04,530 --> 00:40:06,780 the next week, which builds on that-- 819 00:40:06,780 --> 00:40:09,120 wasn't working well for us. 820 00:40:09,120 --> 00:40:11,880 For some of our kids it felt like a lot more school, 821 00:40:11,880 --> 00:40:14,410 where there were already pretty schooled. 822 00:40:14,410 --> 00:40:16,110 Our attendance is erratic. 823 00:40:16,110 --> 00:40:18,664 That's probably weather, that's partly people have soccer, 824 00:40:18,664 --> 00:40:20,580 which is Sunday morning one weekend and Sunday 825 00:40:20,580 --> 00:40:22,420 afternoon the next. 826 00:40:22,420 --> 00:40:24,400 It's partly that we've got kids of divorce who 827 00:40:24,400 --> 00:40:26,850 are with us every other week. 828 00:40:26,850 --> 00:40:30,790 And so we couldn't do that sequential thing very well. 829 00:40:30,790 --> 00:40:32,590 And I'm seeing a lot of heads nodding. 830 00:40:32,590 --> 00:40:35,130 And we wanted to get more of our volunteers involved 831 00:40:35,130 --> 00:40:37,200 without saying you've got to do a whole year. 832 00:40:37,200 --> 00:40:40,970 Which felt like-- some people wanted that but others it 833 00:40:40,970 --> 00:40:42,271 was too much of a barrier. 834 00:40:42,271 --> 00:40:44,020 So we thought, let's do workshop rotation. 835 00:40:44,020 --> 00:40:47,710 Let's have one lesson that we repeat multiple times 836 00:40:47,710 --> 00:40:49,690 and with different age levels. 837 00:40:49,690 --> 00:40:53,490 And let's do it together with the themes. 838 00:40:53,490 --> 00:40:57,120 So I had a sabbatical coming up, which was helpful. 839 00:40:57,120 --> 00:40:59,920 So I spent some time thinking about how we do this. 840 00:40:59,920 --> 00:41:02,290 And I talked to some of these folks and others 841 00:41:02,290 --> 00:41:04,430 across our association about people 842 00:41:04,430 --> 00:41:07,400 who were doing both themes and workshop 843 00:41:07,400 --> 00:41:10,110 rotation on the themes, which there were not 844 00:41:10,110 --> 00:41:11,810 that many of two years ago. 845 00:41:11,810 --> 00:41:14,120 And there are more every year. 846 00:41:14,120 --> 00:41:17,824 So I wrote a memo about that, which I wound up 847 00:41:17,824 --> 00:41:19,240 sharing with Pat and others, which 848 00:41:19,240 --> 00:41:22,320 you can find on the UUA website. 849 00:41:22,320 --> 00:41:25,302 If you go and if you click-- 850 00:41:25,302 --> 00:41:26,510 Audience: They'll get a link. 851 00:41:26,510 --> 00:41:28,040 Matthew Johnson: They'll get a link in the resource material. 852 00:41:28,040 --> 00:41:28,550 Excellent. 853 00:41:28,550 --> 00:41:31,020 So you can find it there pretty easily. 854 00:41:31,020 --> 00:41:33,150 And it lays out a little bit about the thinking 855 00:41:33,150 --> 00:41:34,995 about how that works. 856 00:41:34,995 --> 00:41:37,620 And I spent some time looking at themes that people were doing, 857 00:41:37,620 --> 00:41:38,570 different aggregations. 858 00:41:38,570 --> 00:41:40,945 And trying to figure out what were theme clusters and how 859 00:41:40,945 --> 00:41:42,660 might that work in religious education 860 00:41:42,660 --> 00:41:44,530 and what would be helpful. 861 00:41:44,530 --> 00:41:48,840 So we decided to go and do it all at once, despite the advice 862 00:41:48,840 --> 00:41:51,090 we got from some-- start with worship and build up. 863 00:41:51,090 --> 00:41:53,140 We just went all in. 864 00:41:53,140 --> 00:41:56,820 So we did our own themes last year based on our mission. 865 00:41:56,820 --> 00:41:58,950 The end of our mission is to inspire 866 00:41:58,950 --> 00:42:03,570 people to transform our world from inhumanity to love. 867 00:42:03,570 --> 00:42:05,830 And so we asked, how do you do that. 868 00:42:05,830 --> 00:42:09,410 So we had verbs for each month-- dream, 869 00:42:09,410 --> 00:42:14,530 fail, give, wait, change, question. 870 00:42:14,530 --> 00:42:17,050 Words like that about the things we would do. 871 00:42:17,050 --> 00:42:20,580 So I preached on the theme or our intern did, 872 00:42:20,580 --> 00:42:23,890 three to four Sundays each month. 873 00:42:23,890 --> 00:42:25,810 We did the small groups based on the theme. 874 00:42:25,810 --> 00:42:28,010 And in religious education we did themes. 875 00:42:28,010 --> 00:42:31,910 So the preschool curriculum-- this was pretty easy. 876 00:42:31,910 --> 00:42:33,640 Our director of religious education 877 00:42:33,640 --> 00:42:37,190 chose stories that worked with the theme, little lesson, 878 00:42:37,190 --> 00:42:38,410 then the kids played. 879 00:42:38,410 --> 00:42:40,670 But they were picking up the theme ideas 880 00:42:40,670 --> 00:42:41,685 and talking about it. 881 00:42:41,685 --> 00:42:43,060 Junior high did neighboring face. 882 00:42:43,060 --> 00:42:45,570 They were not on the theme. 883 00:42:45,570 --> 00:42:47,715 Senior high would do some of the sessions on theme. 884 00:42:47,715 --> 00:42:49,090 What I particularly loved is when 885 00:42:49,090 --> 00:42:51,850 I would hear back that they had decided to all bring 886 00:42:51,850 --> 00:42:53,970 in their favorite piece of music on that theme 887 00:42:53,970 --> 00:42:56,230 or their favorite story about that theme. 888 00:42:56,230 --> 00:42:59,060 They began to own it a little bit. 889 00:42:59,060 --> 00:43:02,530 In elementary we did two to three workshops each month. 890 00:43:02,530 --> 00:43:05,220 Two times a month we did a younger elementary and an older 891 00:43:05,220 --> 00:43:06,090 elementary. 892 00:43:06,090 --> 00:43:08,110 And we had the different modality with rooms. 893 00:43:08,110 --> 00:43:14,100 A think room; a move room, which was drama and action and dance; 894 00:43:14,100 --> 00:43:20,060 and a make room, arts and crafts and things like that. 895 00:43:20,060 --> 00:43:22,080 Let's see. 896 00:43:22,080 --> 00:43:23,794 Yeah, so an example-- what did we do? 897 00:43:23,794 --> 00:43:24,960 How did we actually do this? 898 00:43:24,960 --> 00:43:27,510 So our theme for February was honor. 899 00:43:27,510 --> 00:43:29,910 As we transform our world we will honor. 900 00:43:29,910 --> 00:43:33,630 So we had one workshop on Rachel Carson and honoring the earth. 901 00:43:33,630 --> 00:43:36,650 And so the kids learned about ecology and how that works 902 00:43:36,650 --> 00:43:39,790 and how we honor the earth through environmental action. 903 00:43:39,790 --> 00:43:44,110 We had a workshop on yoga that was about honoring your body. 904 00:43:44,110 --> 00:43:48,740 And we had a workshop on-- we have some former Marines 905 00:43:48,740 --> 00:43:51,080 in our congregation, and they agreed 906 00:43:51,080 --> 00:43:53,820 to do a how to fold the flag properly workshop, 907 00:43:53,820 --> 00:43:56,310 which our kids really enjoyed. 908 00:43:56,310 --> 00:44:01,180 And what does that mean, about honoring veterans? 909 00:44:01,180 --> 00:44:04,860 And so it was pretty easy to figure out 910 00:44:04,860 --> 00:44:08,130 things to work with that theme that would be appropriate. 911 00:44:08,130 --> 00:44:10,590 In November, which was give, we planted 912 00:44:10,590 --> 00:44:13,320 bulbs that come up in the spring to give to the earth. 913 00:44:13,320 --> 00:44:15,180 We talked about animal partnerships. 914 00:44:15,180 --> 00:44:17,640 We had a biologist who did some lessons on symbiosis 915 00:44:17,640 --> 00:44:19,590 with our kids. 916 00:44:19,590 --> 00:44:22,160 And then we used the story for November-- one of the stories 917 00:44:22,160 --> 00:44:24,950 was The Quiltmaker's Gift, which some of you probably know. 918 00:44:24,950 --> 00:44:28,520 And so they had a quilting workshop to talk about that 919 00:44:28,520 --> 00:44:31,300 and read that story. 920 00:44:31,300 --> 00:44:33,500 Those are examples. 921 00:44:33,500 --> 00:44:35,910 So we'd just done it for one year. 922 00:44:35,910 --> 00:44:39,640 And we learned a lot by going all in on doing it. 923 00:44:39,640 --> 00:44:41,920 The main thing we learned is that we loved it. 924 00:44:41,920 --> 00:44:44,530 The congregation enjoyed it a great deal. 925 00:44:44,530 --> 00:44:46,740 And they really liked doing it. 926 00:44:46,740 --> 00:44:48,740 Heard great feedback from people about the way 927 00:44:48,740 --> 00:44:50,890 that that integrated. 928 00:44:50,890 --> 00:44:53,590 People who were more engaged got more out of it. 929 00:44:53,590 --> 00:44:57,790 So the ones who were in a small group doing 930 00:44:57,790 --> 00:45:00,640 the theme we were doing and talking to their kids 931 00:45:00,640 --> 00:45:02,770 about it really had those conversations. 932 00:45:02,770 --> 00:45:04,760 But if they weren't participating 933 00:45:04,760 --> 00:45:06,460 they maybe missed it a little bit. 934 00:45:06,460 --> 00:45:07,940 But it was our first year. 935 00:45:07,940 --> 00:45:10,520 So we're counting on that organic attraction, 936 00:45:10,520 --> 00:45:12,830 as time goes by, to draw more people into it. 937 00:45:12,830 --> 00:45:15,740 And we're already seeing that begin to happen. 938 00:45:15,740 --> 00:45:17,450 Next year we're not doing our own themes. 939 00:45:17,450 --> 00:45:19,280 We're doing First Unitarian's themes. 940 00:45:19,280 --> 00:45:21,220 We're doing the Soul Matters themes. 941 00:45:21,220 --> 00:45:24,150 I've convinced five other congregations 942 00:45:24,150 --> 00:45:26,400 in our local cluster. 943 00:45:26,400 --> 00:45:29,140 So we'll be doing pulpit exchanges with each other. 944 00:45:29,140 --> 00:45:30,940 We'll be sharing resources. 945 00:45:30,940 --> 00:45:33,800 So not just this national sharing but the local sharing 946 00:45:33,800 --> 00:45:37,440 that will happen within these congregations, all of which 947 00:45:37,440 --> 00:45:39,450 are much smaller than ours. 948 00:45:39,450 --> 00:45:42,880 So how we can be a resource and connect with them. 949 00:45:42,880 --> 00:45:44,339 One thing I thought originally is 950 00:45:44,339 --> 00:45:46,130 that we were going to have a central story. 951 00:45:46,130 --> 00:45:49,940 I saw this in Tulsa and in Saint Paul, where they would start 952 00:45:49,940 --> 00:45:51,700 with a children's chapel or the kids 953 00:45:51,700 --> 00:45:54,220 would only be in the beginning of worship once a month. 954 00:45:54,220 --> 00:45:55,750 And they'd have a central story. 955 00:45:55,750 --> 00:45:57,444 And so the story for November is going 956 00:45:57,444 --> 00:45:58,610 to be The Quiltmaker's Gift. 957 00:45:58,610 --> 00:46:00,080 And we're going to tell the story, 958 00:46:00,080 --> 00:46:01,760 and then each week we're going to talk 959 00:46:01,760 --> 00:46:03,200 about the story in different ways. 960 00:46:03,200 --> 00:46:05,480 And we started out with that idea. 961 00:46:05,480 --> 00:46:08,010 But our kids begin every week in the service. 962 00:46:08,010 --> 00:46:09,910 And I thought, oh I can retell it. 963 00:46:09,910 --> 00:46:12,840 I can tell it one time one week, and the next week we'll 964 00:46:12,840 --> 00:46:13,760 do it in a drama. 965 00:46:13,760 --> 00:46:17,430 And then we'll do it from another-- that didn't work. 966 00:46:17,430 --> 00:46:19,186 We gave up that pretty quickly. 967 00:46:19,186 --> 00:46:21,060 And we would tell different stories each week 968 00:46:21,060 --> 00:46:25,190 all related to the theme of that Sunday 969 00:46:25,190 --> 00:46:27,540 and for the theme of the month. 970 00:46:27,540 --> 00:46:31,030 But we didn't try to do that, learn one story 971 00:46:31,030 --> 00:46:35,530 as much as we had originally planned. 972 00:46:35,530 --> 00:46:37,420 We didn't do children's chapel last year. 973 00:46:37,420 --> 00:46:39,150 And that was something we were really 974 00:46:39,150 --> 00:46:44,111 missing to get the kids through worship to explore the theme. 975 00:46:44,111 --> 00:46:45,860 So we'll be doing that once a month, which 976 00:46:45,860 --> 00:46:48,480 means we'll be cutting down the number of workshop 977 00:46:48,480 --> 00:46:49,750 rotations that we'll be doing. 978 00:46:49,750 --> 00:46:52,460 Which will make it easier for our volunteers. 979 00:46:52,460 --> 00:46:54,560 We still have the problem with erratic attendance. 980 00:46:54,560 --> 00:46:58,770 That did not go away by any means. 981 00:46:58,770 --> 00:47:01,320 Over time we want to do more multi-age things. 982 00:47:01,320 --> 00:47:02,840 So that children's chapel will help 983 00:47:02,840 --> 00:47:05,360 with that, bringing different age kids together 984 00:47:05,360 --> 00:47:08,490 as well as across multiple generations. 985 00:47:08,490 --> 00:47:10,190 And then the piece about collaboration 986 00:47:10,190 --> 00:47:13,820 with other creations is the part that I'm most excited about 987 00:47:13,820 --> 00:47:16,610 and the way that we can share these resources 988 00:47:16,610 --> 00:47:17,910 with each other. 989 00:47:17,910 --> 00:47:20,180 So we're just beginning. 990 00:47:20,180 --> 00:47:22,950 It's a real culture of experimentation, 991 00:47:22,950 --> 00:47:26,010 trying it out, being willing to see what works. 992 00:47:26,010 --> 00:47:28,840 But so far the congregation and the kids are loving it. 993 00:47:28,840 --> 00:47:31,320 But we're definitely adjusting as we go. 994 00:47:31,320 --> 00:47:41,122 [APPLAUSE] 995 00:47:41,122 --> 00:47:42,580 Sarah Gibb Millspaugh: So I'm going 996 00:47:42,580 --> 00:47:45,320 to talk to you about content for theme-based ministry. 997 00:47:45,320 --> 00:47:48,860 I'm Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, and I am the faith outreach 998 00:47:48,860 --> 00:47:50,450 strategist at the UUA right now. 999 00:47:50,450 --> 00:47:52,710 I've also worked as parish minister. 1000 00:47:52,710 --> 00:47:55,890 And my work is developing and curating 1001 00:47:55,890 --> 00:47:58,930 online content for worship, for spiritual growth, 1002 00:47:58,930 --> 00:48:01,890 and for seekers with the UUA. 1003 00:48:01,890 --> 00:48:04,560 So I'm curious, how many of you are using theme-based ministry 1004 00:48:04,560 --> 00:48:06,630 now? 1005 00:48:06,630 --> 00:48:09,740 OK, how many are planning to implement it? 1006 00:48:09,740 --> 00:48:10,300 OK. 1007 00:48:10,300 --> 00:48:12,530 We have a good amount. 1008 00:48:12,530 --> 00:48:14,680 How many want to implement it but no plans yet? 1009 00:48:14,680 --> 00:48:15,890 OK, great. 1010 00:48:15,890 --> 00:48:17,440 So you'll be looking for content. 1011 00:48:17,440 --> 00:48:20,530 How do figure that out? 1012 00:48:20,530 --> 00:48:26,210 There are a lot of different sources for content. 1013 00:48:26,210 --> 00:48:26,970 You can go ahead. 1014 00:48:26,970 --> 00:48:28,690 We have some of the congregations that 1015 00:48:28,690 --> 00:48:30,960 are providing theme-based ministry content. 1016 00:48:30,960 --> 00:48:33,150 And some of them have been mentioned already. 1017 00:48:33,150 --> 00:48:37,340 All Souls in Tulsa is one of the first congregations that 1018 00:48:37,340 --> 00:48:38,660 developed theme-based ministry. 1019 00:48:38,660 --> 00:48:41,700 And they have the website themebasedministry.org 1020 00:48:41,700 --> 00:48:43,690 where they list their programs. 1021 00:48:43,690 --> 00:48:46,110 All these slides will be available online afterwards. 1022 00:48:46,110 --> 00:48:48,235 So you don't have to get everything down perfectly, 1023 00:48:48,235 --> 00:48:51,420 unless you want to access it right away. 1024 00:48:51,420 --> 00:48:53,430 Also Rochester, New York First Unitarian 1025 00:48:53,430 --> 00:48:55,260 has Soul Matters, as was mentioned, 1026 00:48:55,260 --> 00:48:57,260 Sheila's congregation. 1027 00:48:57,260 --> 00:49:00,470 First Universalists in Denver has Touchstones 1028 00:49:00,470 --> 00:49:02,379 and several congregations are involved 1029 00:49:02,379 --> 00:49:03,920 in using the themes from Touchstones. 1030 00:49:03,920 --> 00:49:06,050 Anyone here using that? 1031 00:49:06,050 --> 00:49:07,330 Yes, we have a few. 1032 00:49:07,330 --> 00:49:08,950 And Touchstones, like Soul Matters, 1033 00:49:08,950 --> 00:49:13,910 includes some small-group ministry as well as the themes. 1034 00:49:13,910 --> 00:49:16,800 And also Church of the Larger Fellowship has monthly themes. 1035 00:49:16,800 --> 00:49:19,850 Is anyone using their themes for their congregation? 1036 00:49:19,850 --> 00:49:21,270 That's another option to explore. 1037 00:49:21,270 --> 00:49:22,820 And they publish material online, 1038 00:49:22,820 --> 00:49:28,340 and they worship based on those themes online as well. 1039 00:49:28,340 --> 00:49:32,190 Many of you, however, have your own themes, Jan's congregation 1040 00:49:32,190 --> 00:49:33,580 or my old congregations. 1041 00:49:33,580 --> 00:49:35,580 We don't want to just adopt somebody else's 1042 00:49:35,580 --> 00:49:36,290 cycle of themes. 1043 00:49:36,290 --> 00:49:37,623 We want to come up with our own. 1044 00:49:37,623 --> 00:49:40,060 And it's a great way to get people involved 1045 00:49:40,060 --> 00:49:42,990 in the leadership of their own congregation, 1046 00:49:42,990 --> 00:49:45,770 involving your worship committee in what themes are you 1047 00:49:45,770 --> 00:49:46,790 going to cover. 1048 00:49:46,790 --> 00:49:49,680 So let me give you some resources that 1049 00:49:49,680 --> 00:49:54,450 can help you find content based on any given theme. 1050 00:49:54,450 --> 00:49:56,730 One of them is the Small Group Ministry Network. 1051 00:49:56,730 --> 00:50:01,460 And this is a collaboration of congregations and individuals 1052 00:50:01,460 --> 00:50:03,920 all across the country. smallgroupministry.net 1053 00:50:03,920 --> 00:50:05,070 is the website. 1054 00:50:05,070 --> 00:50:08,040 And it's an independent group, and congregations 1055 00:50:08,040 --> 00:50:10,030 can join with an annual fee. 1056 00:50:10,030 --> 00:50:12,970 But you can also access the website without the annual fee. 1057 00:50:12,970 --> 00:50:16,910 But you really ought to join and become members to help out. 1058 00:50:16,910 --> 00:50:20,230 But this website has thematic small group lesson plans. 1059 00:50:20,230 --> 00:50:22,430 I did a little clip of some of them 1060 00:50:22,430 --> 00:50:25,120 that started with F-- faith, faith and commitment, faith 1061 00:50:25,120 --> 00:50:28,380 in action, family-- these are all lesson plans for one hour 1062 00:50:28,380 --> 00:50:31,210 small-group ministry sessions submitted by congregations. 1063 00:50:31,210 --> 00:50:34,320 And you can use them just as they are or adapt them 1064 00:50:34,320 --> 00:50:37,870 to your theme and your people. 1065 00:50:37,870 --> 00:50:39,824 We also have resources on uua.org, 1066 00:50:39,824 --> 00:50:41,990 and I'm going to go over each of these a little bit. 1067 00:50:41,990 --> 00:50:46,550 There's Worship Web, which is uua.org/worship, 1068 00:50:46,550 --> 00:50:50,280 and that has tons of resources for worship on lots and lots 1069 00:50:50,280 --> 00:50:51,410 of different themes. 1070 00:50:51,410 --> 00:50:54,309 We also have Tapestry of Faith, which has been mentioned. 1071 00:50:54,309 --> 00:50:55,600 And I'll just say a little bit. 1072 00:50:55,600 --> 00:50:58,820 Tapestry of Faith is a lifespan curriculum, 1073 00:50:58,820 --> 00:51:00,520 children through adults. 1074 00:51:00,520 --> 00:51:02,860 There are so many different sessions, so 1075 00:51:02,860 --> 00:51:05,440 many different parts of it. 1076 00:51:05,440 --> 00:51:10,230 I would say more than 50 different programs in all, 1077 00:51:10,230 --> 00:51:11,650 give or take. 1078 00:51:11,650 --> 00:51:15,200 And hundreds of stories are part of Tapestry of Faith. 1079 00:51:15,200 --> 00:51:18,430 And most of those stories are online. 1080 00:51:18,430 --> 00:51:20,000 Some of them are in the toolkit books 1081 00:51:20,000 --> 00:51:21,370 published through the bookstore. 1082 00:51:21,370 --> 00:51:23,660 But all of those stories are on a variety of themes. 1083 00:51:23,660 --> 00:51:25,410 And then the lesson plans are on a variety 1084 00:51:25,410 --> 00:51:28,510 of themes, for children, for youth, for adults. 1085 00:51:28,510 --> 00:51:30,260 We also have print-based resources 1086 00:51:30,260 --> 00:51:31,670 for theme-based ministry. 1087 00:51:31,670 --> 00:51:33,380 Go back a couple. 1088 00:51:33,380 --> 00:51:39,375 The UU World Online, the UUA Bookstore, and Beacon Press. 1089 00:51:39,375 --> 00:51:41,000 Those are a little bit harder to access 1090 00:51:41,000 --> 00:51:43,166 because you have to know what's in the book in order 1091 00:51:43,166 --> 00:51:44,600 to find it. 1092 00:51:44,600 --> 00:51:47,350 So let me talk a little bit about Worship Web here. 1093 00:51:47,350 --> 00:51:49,090 Let's go, yeah there we go. 1094 00:51:49,090 --> 00:51:52,780 This is the front page of Worship Web currently. 1095 00:51:52,780 --> 00:51:56,200 And if you want to search Words for Worship, 1096 00:51:56,200 --> 00:51:59,780 you can type in a keyword word there and hit Submit. 1097 00:51:59,780 --> 00:52:03,640 And Worship Web has hundreds of openings and closings 1098 00:52:03,640 --> 00:52:06,660 and chalice lightings, prayers, sermons, stories, and more 1099 00:52:06,660 --> 00:52:11,550 submitted by UUs, ministers, laypeople alike. 1100 00:52:11,550 --> 00:52:16,260 And it is useful for worship on a whole bunch of themes. 1101 00:52:16,260 --> 00:52:19,565 So let's go forward, I think. 1102 00:52:19,565 --> 00:52:21,290 Yeah I mentioned Tapestry of Faith. 1103 00:52:21,290 --> 00:52:24,310 Let's go forward one more. 1104 00:52:24,310 --> 00:52:27,070 So let's say we want to find resources on change. 1105 00:52:27,070 --> 00:52:28,540 So let's start out in Worship Web. 1106 00:52:28,540 --> 00:52:30,910 We want to find resources on the theme of change. 1107 00:52:30,910 --> 00:52:36,190 And we type in "change" and we get a search here. 1108 00:52:36,190 --> 00:52:39,250 And it's a little bit hard, actually, to find this. 1109 00:52:39,250 --> 00:52:43,740 So you come up with your search results, 1110 00:52:43,740 --> 00:52:45,190 and it yields these top results. 1111 00:52:45,190 --> 00:52:47,760 One is a responsive reading about change-- hey, that's 1112 00:52:47,760 --> 00:52:48,630 relevant. 1113 00:52:48,630 --> 00:52:51,520 Another is a meditation about time, 1114 00:52:51,520 --> 00:52:54,140 which is not really relevant, but the word "change" 1115 00:52:54,140 --> 00:52:54,910 was in it. 1116 00:52:54,910 --> 00:52:56,840 The other is an offering call on the theme 1117 00:52:56,840 --> 00:52:59,060 of creating change, which is relevant. 1118 00:52:59,060 --> 00:53:02,130 Another one is a litany for Christmas, not relevant. 1119 00:53:02,130 --> 00:53:04,940 A prayer for the service of a ministerial installation, 1120 00:53:04,940 --> 00:53:06,280 not relevant. 1121 00:53:06,280 --> 00:53:08,770 A meditation that is kind of relevant, 1122 00:53:08,770 --> 00:53:10,560 and a flower communion meditation that 1123 00:53:10,560 --> 00:53:13,490 just uses the word change is not relevant at all. 1124 00:53:13,490 --> 00:53:15,180 I want to let you know this will change. 1125 00:53:15,180 --> 00:53:17,737 [LAUGHTER] 1126 00:53:17,737 --> 00:53:19,320 But before I show you how it'll change 1127 00:53:19,320 --> 00:53:22,050 let's do a Tapestry of Faith story search on the word 1128 00:53:22,050 --> 00:53:23,350 "change." 1129 00:53:23,350 --> 00:53:25,980 So we put "change" in the Tapestry of Faith story search 1130 00:53:25,980 --> 00:53:29,560 box and we come up with lots and lots of results. 1131 00:53:29,560 --> 00:53:31,040 Two pages. 1132 00:53:31,040 --> 00:53:34,350 All of those stories include the word "change" in them. 1133 00:53:34,350 --> 00:53:37,980 It could be change your clothes or spare change. 1134 00:53:37,980 --> 00:53:40,270 And they're all good stories, but none 1135 00:53:40,270 --> 00:53:43,490 of them in those results come up as a really suitable time 1136 00:53:43,490 --> 00:53:47,510 for all ages on the theme of change. 1137 00:53:47,510 --> 00:53:49,420 Let me show you one more thing. 1138 00:53:49,420 --> 00:53:52,280 In Worship Web there's also-- and in various corners 1139 00:53:52,280 --> 00:53:55,930 of uua.org there are also really great resources. 1140 00:53:55,930 --> 00:53:58,790 It's like a little gold mine, but they're hidden. 1141 00:53:58,790 --> 00:54:04,880 This is a link on Worship Web that goes to a huge database 1142 00:54:04,880 --> 00:54:07,700 that the reverend Paul Bechel put together 1143 00:54:07,700 --> 00:54:11,760 of children's books that are available in the library 1144 00:54:11,760 --> 00:54:15,190 or in bookstores that are related to UU themes. 1145 00:54:15,190 --> 00:54:17,230 And he lists what the theme is, what 1146 00:54:17,230 --> 00:54:20,540 the title is, the author, and a synopsis. 1147 00:54:20,540 --> 00:54:23,630 And so if you're looking for that, 1148 00:54:23,630 --> 00:54:26,559 that's not even going to show up in your search on change. 1149 00:54:26,559 --> 00:54:28,850 It's just going to show up you if you happen to look up 1150 00:54:28,850 --> 00:54:32,750 Paul Bechel's storybook resource list, which 1151 00:54:32,750 --> 00:54:35,510 he was so kind to share with the UUA. 1152 00:54:35,510 --> 00:54:38,380 So that will also change. 1153 00:54:38,380 --> 00:54:41,890 And then we have the UUA Bookstore website, 1154 00:54:41,890 --> 00:54:44,650 where you can look up children's storybooks. 1155 00:54:44,650 --> 00:54:47,270 But you can't really look up the theme of change 1156 00:54:47,270 --> 00:54:51,190 unless that happens to be the theme of the whole book. 1157 00:54:51,190 --> 00:54:52,940 So then you would need to order the books, 1158 00:54:52,940 --> 00:54:54,650 browse through the collections of books, 1159 00:54:54,650 --> 00:54:55,820 find stories on change. 1160 00:54:55,820 --> 00:54:56,800 Which can work. 1161 00:54:56,800 --> 00:54:59,110 I have done that a lot. 1162 00:54:59,110 --> 00:55:01,960 But what will change is that tags are coming. 1163 00:55:01,960 --> 00:55:06,460 How many people have used tags in searching on content online? 1164 00:55:06,460 --> 00:55:07,150 Yes. 1165 00:55:07,150 --> 00:55:11,590 We are going to have thematic tags throughout uua.org 1166 00:55:11,590 --> 00:55:14,260 that are enabled by moving to a new infrastructure 1167 00:55:14,260 --> 00:55:15,070 for our website. 1168 00:55:15,070 --> 00:55:17,590 It's a new content management system. 1169 00:55:17,590 --> 00:55:21,600 And we're already at work adding thematic tags 1170 00:55:21,600 --> 00:55:24,970 to Tapestry of Faith, to Worship Web, and to that storybook list 1171 00:55:24,970 --> 00:55:27,630 that I showed you earlier. 1172 00:55:27,630 --> 00:55:30,090 In fact anything on uua.org will be 1173 00:55:30,090 --> 00:55:33,180 able to be tagged with this new system. 1174 00:55:33,180 --> 00:55:34,850 So this is coming later in the year. 1175 00:55:34,850 --> 00:55:36,750 We're on our way there. 1176 00:55:36,750 --> 00:55:39,310 But what will happen is if you go up 1177 00:55:39,310 --> 00:55:42,170 and you click on the theme of change, 1178 00:55:42,170 --> 00:55:45,060 then only things that are actually on the theme of change 1179 00:55:45,060 --> 00:55:46,010 will come up. 1180 00:55:46,010 --> 00:55:47,450 So it kind of separates the wheat 1181 00:55:47,450 --> 00:55:49,866 from the chaff in terms of what you're really looking for. 1182 00:55:49,866 --> 00:55:52,230 If you're looking for something on the theme of aging, 1183 00:55:52,230 --> 00:55:54,330 you will get that and not just anything 1184 00:55:54,330 --> 00:55:59,670 that talks about aging. 1185 00:55:59,670 --> 00:56:01,090 So let's go forward here. 1186 00:56:01,090 --> 00:56:01,590 Yes. 1187 00:56:01,590 --> 00:56:03,530 So it'll make it easier to find what you seek. 1188 00:56:03,530 --> 00:56:06,400 And it can be used throughout uua.org. 1189 00:56:06,400 --> 00:56:08,650 So UU World articles, for example, 1190 00:56:08,650 --> 00:56:10,560 can be tagged with the same themes. 1191 00:56:10,560 --> 00:56:15,060 So you can look that up and find what 1192 00:56:15,060 --> 00:56:16,710 you need there that might be relevant 1193 00:56:16,710 --> 00:56:20,000 for your theme-based ministry. 1194 00:56:20,000 --> 00:56:22,280 So providing these resources is just one of the ways 1195 00:56:22,280 --> 00:56:27,290 that the UUA staff work to help our congregations be more 1196 00:56:27,290 --> 00:56:30,490 vibrant and have more meaningful ministries. 1197 00:56:30,490 --> 00:56:32,730 And there are so many ways that our congregations-- 1198 00:56:32,730 --> 00:56:36,350 in networks and in teams and by creating and sharing 1199 00:56:36,350 --> 00:56:40,290 their resources-- also help creating vibrant congregations 1200 00:56:40,290 --> 00:56:42,750 and meaningful ministries. 1201 00:56:42,750 --> 00:56:45,400 And part of the vision of all of this that I'll just 1202 00:56:45,400 --> 00:56:49,040 say a little bit about is for us as Unitarian Universalists 1203 00:56:49,040 --> 00:56:53,540 to learn how to show who we are online, not just tell. 1204 00:56:53,540 --> 00:56:56,260 So we have a lot of material online, on uua.org 1205 00:56:56,260 --> 00:56:59,310 and on our congregations' websites, that say, 1206 00:56:59,310 --> 00:57:02,680 we are a place that speaks to people 1207 00:57:02,680 --> 00:57:05,461 of many different beliefs, of many different backgrounds. 1208 00:57:05,461 --> 00:57:07,960 And we can say that and we can say that and we can say that. 1209 00:57:07,960 --> 00:57:09,900 But someone's not going to really get it 1210 00:57:09,900 --> 00:57:12,914 until they see some of the ways that we can go deep with people 1211 00:57:12,914 --> 00:57:14,580 who have a lot of different backgrounds. 1212 00:57:14,580 --> 00:57:16,990 How we can really speak to those common themes 1213 00:57:16,990 --> 00:57:20,250 that humans deal with and live with. 1214 00:57:20,250 --> 00:57:24,690 And then they can experience it and really get that more. 1215 00:57:24,690 --> 00:57:29,910 And perhaps be coming to our congregation 1216 00:57:29,910 --> 00:57:35,730 sooner than they would have if they had just read what we do. 1217 00:57:35,730 --> 00:57:37,960 So some of my work this year is really 1218 00:57:37,960 --> 00:57:42,310 working to show in the parts of our uua.org website-- 1219 00:57:42,310 --> 00:57:45,824 and my hope is to also empower congregations 1220 00:57:45,824 --> 00:57:48,240 to do this as well, to create resources that congregations 1221 00:57:48,240 --> 00:57:50,980 will want to replicate that really show who we are. 1222 00:57:50,980 --> 00:57:54,460 And that involves featuring theme-based content 1223 00:57:54,460 --> 00:57:57,494 on uua.org on a regular basis. 1224 00:57:57,494 --> 00:57:58,910 So some of the ways you can help-- 1225 00:57:58,910 --> 00:58:01,250 not only implementing this in your congregations 1226 00:58:01,250 --> 00:58:05,470 and really ministering to people in wonderful ways through it. 1227 00:58:05,470 --> 00:58:09,260 But you can also contribute your writings to Worship Web. 1228 00:58:09,260 --> 00:58:11,650 We have a form on Worship Web for anyone 1229 00:58:11,650 --> 00:58:14,585 to submit and share their writing. 1230 00:58:14,585 --> 00:58:16,210 It has to be your own original writing. 1231 00:58:16,210 --> 00:58:18,990 It can't be some copyrighted work that you've adapted. 1232 00:58:18,990 --> 00:58:21,880 That can get problematic. 1233 00:58:21,880 --> 00:58:24,820 But something that you are able to give permission and have 1234 00:58:24,820 --> 00:58:26,756 the copyright to to share. 1235 00:58:26,756 --> 00:58:28,380 And you can also encourage other people 1236 00:58:28,380 --> 00:58:29,990 to submit to Worship Web. 1237 00:58:29,990 --> 00:58:31,770 If you hear someone in your congregation 1238 00:58:31,770 --> 00:58:33,420 give a delightful prayer or reading 1239 00:58:33,420 --> 00:58:37,040 that they have developed or a great reflection for the RE 1240 00:58:37,040 --> 00:58:42,060 newsletter or anything like that is spiritual and wonderful. 1241 00:58:42,060 --> 00:58:44,410 Please encourage them to share it with us through that. 1242 00:58:44,410 --> 00:58:47,500 You'll not only be helping people right around you 1243 00:58:47,500 --> 00:58:50,220 but you'll be helping UUs all over the world. 1244 00:58:50,220 --> 00:58:51,594 Thank you. 1245 00:58:51,594 --> 00:59:03,174 [APPLAUSE] 1246 00:59:03,174 --> 00:59:04,590 Pat Kahn: So you can see way I was 1247 00:59:04,590 --> 00:59:06,300 so excited about this workshop. 1248 00:59:06,300 --> 00:59:08,940 Because there are a million ideas and great 1249 00:59:08,940 --> 00:59:12,980 experiences just with five people sitting up here. 1250 00:59:12,980 --> 00:59:17,890 And all of you will hopefully be contributing to that as well. 1251 00:59:17,890 --> 00:59:22,300 I do want to say a special thank you to Kathy Smith and Sheila 1252 00:59:22,300 --> 00:59:25,490 Schuh, who have been participating in the tagging 1253 00:59:25,490 --> 00:59:27,570 process of Tapestry of Faith. 1254 00:59:27,570 --> 00:59:29,620 And it's really exciting. 1255 00:59:29,620 --> 00:59:33,760 So this would be the time if you have questions 1256 00:59:33,760 --> 00:59:37,280 to come up to the microphone. 1257 00:59:37,280 --> 00:59:39,610 Say who you are. 1258 00:59:39,610 --> 00:59:44,832