Message from the Director of YRE
When I was younger and someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, "Religious Educator" was probably the farthest from my mind. Well not as far as Mathematician or Nuclear Scientist, but still, I probably would have laughed at you if you suggested I might one day be the Director of Religious Education at a church.
However if you had told me that one day I would be working with young people of all ages, helping their budding minds explore ancient and new concepts about spirituality, morality, social responsibility, ecology, and multiculturalism, my ears would have perked up. If you had gone on to tell me that I'd get to use stories, music, games and artto teach traditions and wisdom from all the world's religions as well as philosophers and scientists, my eyes would have brightened.
And if you had told me that I would one day feel that I was making a difference, that I had a part in planting the seeds of love, compassion, equality and worth that our children will carry into our future, I would have been sold.
I came to Unitarian Universalism 10 years ago, and like others, my search for a liberal faith community was initially driven by my oldest child's desire to go to "church" like her friends and my need to find a "church" where she was encouraged to think for herself; where no belief or idea was held above another.
Basically, I wanted to take my children to church for the same reason I homeschooled them (at the time) - because I wanted them to learn and grow more than what a typical institution could accommodate. I was fortunate to have an on-line friend who, although not Unitarian Universalist herself, knew enough about it to recognize what a perfect fit it could. As many a converted UU will say, "I was a Unitarian Universalist all along and I just didn't know it!"
I've now been part of this wonderful congregation for over ten years. I have worked in YRE as a volunteer teacher, worship leader, youth group advisor, YRE Committee Chair and Lifespan Religious Education Representative. I have been blessed with the position of Director of Religious Education since August of 2011.
Our YRE program is constantly evolving and changing as new families join us. And our children are continuously growing, learning, and teaching us what it truly means to live our 7 UU Principles (below). The more children that visit our fellowship, the more beautiful our program and my job are!
Director of Religious Education
Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
For questions about YRE Sunday classes and other children, youth and family activities and events at MVUUF please feel free to contact Shannon Harper at or (937) 436-3628 ext #3.
Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles for kids
We believe that each and every person is important.
We believe that all people should be treated fairly.
We believe that our churches are places where all people are accepted
and where we keep on learning together.
We believe each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
We believe each person should have a vote on the things that concern him or her.
We believe we should help build a peaceful, fair, and free world.
We believe in caring for our planet earth.