Thank you to the special Religious Education volunteers who do not have children in our Children's Ministry.
While all of our wonderful Children's R.E. Teachers are deeply appreciated, one group of R.E. volunteers deserves special recognition. They are the dedicated people who spend some time on Sunday mornings with the children, although they have no children or youth of their own in the R.E. classes. This year these lovely volunteers include: Debbie Matherly, Hope Vasholz, Alice Pham, Betsy Osterman, Mary Rodgers, Jim Gold, Barbara Wright-Scott, and youth members Tristan Young, Brynne McLaughlin, and Alena von Schlag. And this list does not include the many others who volunteer in our youth ministry on Sunday afternoons!
Each of these wonderful teachers brings something uniquely valuable to our children. As a group, they bring safety and comfort in a community of all ages--rare in our children's other environments.
Five years ago, one key concern of our R.E. Council was that all the volunteers were parents of children in the program, creating a clear upstairs/downstairs culture. We now feel a shift in that invisible barrier between upstairs and down, creating greater connectedness for all members of our a multigenerational community. Of course, parent volunteers are still essential and vital volunteers in R.E. You may also see parents involved in social justice, choir, and even attending worship while their children spend time with other adults, too.
We treasure the contribution of the generous and loving volunteers in UUCC' s Children's R.E. Ministry!
-Carla Miller, Director of Religious Education