CHURCH OF SPARTANBURG
Sunday Service at 11:00
Vespers Wednesday at 6:35
Everyone of us, regardless of our age, should never stop
learning. We are constantly searching for a deeper and
clearer understanding of ourselves and the world in which
we live — and the significant role religion and faith play
in that process.
The phrase says it all.
Lifespan: learning experiences and opportunities
for all, from kindergarten-age kids to adults.
Faith: We're not in the indoctrination business. We
want to explore, in age-appropriate ways, the
religious dimension of life and how it does or should
affect our daily lives.
LIFESPAN FAITH DEVELOPMENT...
. . . at UUCS this is another term for Religious Education. It's our way of expressing our commitment to a life-long process. (However, you will still find both expressions used.)
Never stop learning
LIFESPAN FAITH DEVELOPMENT
Development: Life is not static. It changes. We change. Our understanding of ourselves and the world changes. Our approach to education that is religious in nature reflects that.
We invite you to join us in our quest as we seek, young and old, to become even more compassionate,
creative, and transformed.
We provide these Faith Development opportunities for Adults, Youth, and Children.
It’s a TREE!
Yes. There is a TREE in our future. Rev. Michelle and I are so excited about what is growing from our planning process that she could not wait to start sharing it with everyone. If you haven’t had a chance yet, take a stroll down by the minister’s office and see the first draft of the tree that is shaping LFD at UUCS. This is the vision that emerged from our many regular meetings and day-long planning retreat. So, what does all of this tree talk mean for LFD?
The image of our tree serves as an individual and communal transformation model for an integrated, holistic approach to faith formation. It is through LFD’s commitment to create a sacred space where transformation can occur that we can help people become engaged, responsible members of the Earth Family. We are doing this by offering faith formation opportunities that are grounded in UU identity and shaped by our three main branches of liberal theology, social justice, and relationship building.
We Got “Theme” Going On….
Speaking of things to come. . . . After doing research on what is working well in other growing and thriving UU congregations, we will be adding theme-based ministry into LFD programming in the coming church year. Why themes? Theme-based ministry creates a vital partnership between the Sunday school programming for children/youth and what is being discussed by the adults in worship, classes, and small groups. The integration across the lifespan is an opportunity for community building and intergenerational religious learning. It also offers a shared language of faith, common set of stories, and a map for developing a personal understanding of theology and liberal religion. Theme-based ministry allows each person to engage their religious life at various levels of depth and understanding. Offering a systematic approach to theological learning in churches helps people develop the resources for living throughout their lives.
What does theme-based ministry look like? Each month we will introduce and work with a theological theme. These monthly themes will show up in worship, LFD programming, and all kinds of places. There will be opportunities to discuss the themes, journal about them, and engage in activities that help build our understanding of the themes. The more engaged we are with the themes the more we will open ourselves up to individual and communal transformation.
Look for more information as our theme-based ministry develops.
A Tree, Themes, and Systems…
There is definitely a pattern developing here. As we are moving through all of the LFD and church transformations new and developing systems will begin to emerge. The first “new system”: Course Proposal Forms. Course proposal forms will be available at church (on the LFD Welcome Table in the “old” foyer) and on our website for offering adult lifespan faith development opportunities. The forms will help keep our programming organized and balanced. They will also help ensure that we are offering programming across the lifespan and meeting multiple faith formation needs.
Proposals for summer programs are due by May 20th. Proposals for fall programs will be due June 16th. Getting this system in place will help us to ensure balanced programming and publicity opportunities. Stacey will be available to answer questions and help with paperwork. Completed proposals may be placed in the LFD/DRE mailbox in the work room.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg
210 Henry Place, 29306
P.O. Box 1942
Spartanburg, SC 29304-1942