lifelong learning and spiritual growth

We light this chalice to affirm that new light is ever waiting to break through to enlighten our ways:
That new truth is ever waiting to break through to illumine our minds:
And that new love is ever waiting to break through to warm our hearts.
May we be open to this light, and to the rich possibilities that it brings us.
— Adapted from a unison affirmation by Napoleon Lovely

Unitarian Universalist congregations are liberal religious learning communities in which children, youth and adults participate in spiritual formation across the lifespan. Our congregations are dynamic and engage multiple modalities including worship, service, the arts and experiential education. Lifelong learning is essential to liberal religious life: our endless search beckons us to expand our minds and hearts, as individuals and as a community.  Unitarian Universalist tradition teaches that revelation is not sealed, calling each one of us to find religious meaning, using reason to seek the truth, and the experience of spiritual discernment to test and integrate its value into our own lives. 

As minister, my approach to religious education has several dimensions. First, my role is to support professional and lay leaders in the development and execution of lifespan religious education programming that serves the vision of a congregation and encourages each child and young person to seek and find truth and meaning in their lives and the world.  By creatively teaching the religious values, sources, traditions and rituals from our Unitarian Universalist theological heritage, caring lay and professional educators and encourage children and young people to grow with the support of their faith community. For adults, my role is to help support professional ministry staff with an adult education portfolio, of course. Because I am passionate about teaching, l would most likely prefer to have an active role in lifespan religious education, whether it is teaching Unitarian Universalist history, a course on compassionate communication, or spiritual practices. 

Church is where we come to practice and embody the beloved community. The congregation which learns together, grows together. Learning can come not only from our wise poets, ministers and sages, but from our lived experience together, practicing and making mistakes. Our successes teach us as much as our failures on how to truly be a community of faith.