Dear UU Parents and Guardians,
As we consider re-entry into the building - many hands make for light work.
If you are willing and able to be a flexible volunteer and roll with the punches as we navigate re-opening, our children and youth really need dedicated (and vaccinated) adults from our church in their lives.
I will be looking for:
Online teachers for K-5 and Middle/HS
In-person teachers for K-5 and Middle/HS
In-person assistants for K-5 and Middle/HS
'Floaters' who are willing to be SUPER flexible on Sunday mornings and 'go WHERE needed WHEN needed'
Please contact me for more information - we will have a training for volunteers on May 1st, so the more people we have express interest in volunteering by then, the better!
What will our format look like?
Our Middle/HS will continue to meet online until 5/26 and in-person in June if we meet at church with our steps C and D for re-entry plan.
Our K-5th group will meet online at 11am through steps C and D. If we meet in-person,
K-5th grade in-person will have a focus on UU Principles for the foreseeable future, with a fun addition of MAKERSPACE items! We'll be outside as much as possible, and when we are inside, we will focus on CONNECTION and CREATION. It will be SO FUN!
We are hiring! Substitute teachers for our Preschool/Nursery room. $10/hr must be 16 or older. It'd be a call on Sunday morning or beforehand "Are you free this day?" You say yes or no. We'd LOVE to have adults from the congregation help out who are wanting to make a little extra cash and spend time with our littlest UUs. Please contact me for more info.
Plans for Re-Entry Into the Church Building Are Underway
Check out our newsletter for more information
The church has a new website - and I have a BLOG!
All the weekly emails since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 have now been uploaded for easy access.
Monthly Soul Matters themes and the summer series on mindfulness can all be seen according to date.
You can access the emails on our church's website here: https://www.unitarianlincoln.org/chelseas-blog
*Sunday School *
Approximately 30 minute program geared towards K-5, but is open to all ages
Sundays at 11am
We typically have a chalice lighting, story, guided discussion, and/or activity such as a scavenger hunt or art project to be done at home as part of these lessons.
Link: https://zoom.us/j/805185601 Password: unitarian
*Middle and HS *
We are joining up with the Omaha youth groups -
Wednesdays at 7pm
Both MS/HS meetings can be found at this link:
DISCORD for Middle and High School
We invite all Middle and High School students from Omaha and Lincoln to join us for discussion and community through this app.
'Would you rather' questions - Thoughts along our monthly Soul Matters themes - 'Big questions' related to UUism.
Also - a "Pet Page"!!! So much fun.
***Be aware that once joining Discord, it opens up the app to multiple pages which will need to be moderated by students themselves and their parents/guardians for security.
*Parent and Guardian Chat:*
The chance for parents and guardians to check in with me for 'open office hours'
Every other Thursday 8pm and every other Wednesday noon (I close the meeting after 15 minutes if no one checks in)
Wednesday the 21st at noon
Thursday the 29th at 8pm
Family Open Circle:
Information can be found on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1081904435272577
Videos This Week:
POP! Preschool Curriculum
Attached you will find 3 worksheets to accompany the videos for this month's preschool curriculum lesson for APRIL
K-5: Soul Matters Theme: Becoming
These materials come to us from the Soul Matters Curriculum team
On the Message Board
At the Bedside
Bonus Resources for Parents With the theme of: BecomingWhat Inhibits Our Becomi
With her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson established herself as a shimmering voice and trusted guide as America reckons with its racist history and struggles to become a country on a new path. Her newest book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, continues to uncover the unacknowledged and insidious structures that divide us and prevent the full becoming of all our citizens.
So as your exercise this month, allow Wilkerson’s new work to take you into a deeper understanding of the challenge ahead of all of us. America will never be a “land of true becoming” as long as the undertow of caste remains in place.
Here’s her book and other avenues for exploration:
● Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson - Book
● NY Times Review
● PBS Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz0HYnQWMwQ
● Interview with Trevor Noah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m49DT8pPe0
● Discussion with Bryan Stevenson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP0m0jKORwg
Chelsea Krafka is the Director of Religious Growth for the Unitarian Church of Lincoln.