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Monday, August 27, 2007

This week at All parents teach religion.

Roberta M. Nelson writes that even secular parents are religious educators. (Her essay is adapted from her contribution to a collection on secular parenting, though Nelson is a longtime minister of religious education in the UUA.) Meanwhile, I review the first children's book in ages that offers an explicitly UU view of Jesus.

If you've been following the burst of publicity about Kate Braestrup's new book, Here If You Need Me — including the excerpt in Oprah about Braestrup's decision to become a UU minister after her husband was killed in a car accident — you may want to revisit the UU World archives for this 2005 profile of Braestrup's ministry as a chaplain in the Maine wilderness.

In the news this week, Don Skinner writes about the UU congregation in Gulfport, Mississippi, which lost its property to Hurricane Katrina but now has plans to build a church. Sonja Cohen, meanwhile, tracks Unitarian Universalists in the media.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 27 August 2007 at 7:43 AM

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Jeff W.:

August 27, 2007 10:14 AM | Permalink for this comment

I was pleased to hear about the new children's book on Jesus for UUs. Jesus as teacher and guide was a prominent part of my UU Sunday School upbringing, something that seems unfortunately to be missing from many current programs. Chutney had an interesting discussion about Jesus as a prophet recently, an aspect of his persona that is perhaps not touched upon in this particular book?

So What Does "Great Prophet" Mean Anyways?

I'll raise my son with the same sort of lessons I received, but it's also nice to have fresh resources to work with, especially books he'll be able to read on his own and we can talk about. Many thanks to Lynn Gunney and her illustrator.

hafidha sofia:

August 27, 2007 04:33 PM | Permalink for this comment

I read Nelson's article and what she says seems so obvious to me. As UUs, why wouldn't we talk to our kids about religion? Aren't we already doing this among ourselves?

If we have kids, my partner and I are sure to discuss religion even though we're atheist/agnostic secularists. I was just remarking to him yesterday that it's funny I ended up with a secular humanist who loves thinking and talking about religion. It makes sense, given the importance of religion throughout my life.

But are there religious people - UUs - who don't talk about religion on a daily basis? It's hard to imagine.

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