Love Boat – NOVA Multi-Congregation RE Teacher Training

Love Boat - NOVA Multi-Congregation RE Teacher Training

Crowdfunding Completed: August 18, 2017

Amount Funded: $4000

Project Owner: Linnea Nelson

Short Description of Project

Fund "Love Boat" RE Teacher Training for 11 UU Congregations to sail into a great year of teaching in the NOVA cluster. Speakers, lunch & childcare funded for 200+ area RE teachers.

How was this project connected to UU?

Religious Exploration provides an opportunity for children and adults to learn about UU identity, Faith, Ethics, UU History and Social and Racial Justice. It is our mission to provide opportunities to learn and explore practices that create engaging and meaningful RE classes for children as young as age 2 to seniors in high school. This will be our third annual NOVA cluster teacher training and our workshop leaders are star RE teachers, ministers, and religious educators from our cluster as well as fabulous UUA staff. This year Taquiena Boston, Pat Infante and Shannon Harper will provide an exploration on culture and race. Additionally, Ray and Sheila Selove will help us better understand special needs in OWL classes, Rev. David Miller will provide the foundations of a strong Coming of Age class, and many other fantastic leaders in RE will guide us all to be better teachers. If we can lead classes with more confidence, energy, and classroom management and engagement tools, our children will be more engaged in the lessons they learn about Unitarian Universalism in our RE classes.

Full Description of Project

Religious Educators Ann Richards from Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, Virginia and Linnea Nelson, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, in Oakton, Virginia have combined forces to provide the third annual NOVA Cluster Teacher Training on September 9, 2017. RE volunteer teachers and religious educators are invited to attend a variety of workshops including best practices in being the face of loving kindness, using music in class, creating a strong Coming of Age class, DC area UU-related field trips, social justice projects, and more. All levels of teachers that teach classes of 2 year olds to high school seniors will find workshops to support them. Experienced teachers and newbies will be able to choose from workshops that provide just what they need.

By combining all eleven NOVA Cluster congregations we have access to the Star RE teachers, ministers and UUA staff to provide outstanding workshops. This year Pat Infante, Taquiena Boston and Shannon Harper will provide engaging keynote presentations that will help RE teachers and advisors explore Culture and Race.

This teacher training day is filled with hands-on activities and opportunities to learn from teachers in neighboring UU congregations.