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Teaching RE – I Believe
My name is Carolyn Semedo-Strauss and I have been coming to UUCA for the past two and a half years with my three children who are 8, 6, and 4.
What led us to UUCA was not a search for a church or spiritual home, but a search for a great RE program. You see, when our daughter was about six years old, she began to use the terms Hanukah and Halloween interchangeably. The time had come.
There were a few factors that drew us here in particular. The playground was a big selling point for the kids. For me, it was the large congregation: I could get lost in the crowd and be a wall flower while we figured out if it worked for us. Clearly it works, as we are still here and I'm teaching the 4th grade RE class.
But, I must confess, I was a reluctant teacher. I'd like to share with you the reasons why I was reluctant and why I'm glad I got over it. First, the resistance, and then the resonance.
I was a reluctant RE teacher because:
But, I took the leap and signed up. I'm glad that I teach the 4th grade RE class because:
So, whatever is on your list of reasons why you can't or don't want to teach an RE class, I believe that once you do, you'll grow an equally long list of the things you've gained as a result.
Teaching RE – I Believe
My name is Ann Ulmschneider. I have been coming to UUCA since 1988. My three daughters, who are now in their 20’s, participated in the religious education program here. During that time, my husband and I faithfully fulfilled our duty to teach an RE class every other year. When the youngest went off to college, I figured we were done with RE.
As the years went by, I would listen to Rev. Linda’s pleas for RE teachers, but I had my excuses firmly in place:
#1) I had already fulfilled my obligation to the RE program.
#2) I was too busy with other work in the church.
#3) I needed to be gone for weeks at a time helping my elderly parents and my sister who had cancer.
But other thoughts eventually entered my head:
So—the “Yes, I can” and No, I can’t” voices in my head kept arguing right on through spring and summer of last year. The new church year began in September, and there was Rev. Linda still recruiting teachers to fill holes.
The class lists were posted on a board in the fellowship hall, and I noticed that the 9:15 first grade class still needed two teachers. I saw four parents I knew who had kids in that class, standing near the board. I started talking to them about how maybe I could teach this year….and I ended up signing my name on the blank line.
The rewards have been great.
So—if your kids are grown up or you don’t have kids, I encourage you to think about what you can offer to RE. A new door will open and an exciting adventure just might begin.