Middle School CongrUUity Social Action Conference

Exploring the Missions of Texas

March 3-5, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio.

Youth in grades 6-8 are invited to join us for this weekend in historic San Antonio and walk back in history to learn about how Texas was settled.

This year’s conference “We’re On a Mission” will be held in San Antonio at the First UU Church.

San Antonio has a rich cultural and religious history. On our field trip back in time to the era of Spanish Colonialism, we will learn about the dynamics of colonial expansion. How does this history inform us as Unitarian Universalists today? Join us as we examine the past through a UU lens, and learn lessons that will help us live our values in the world today!  Registration material will be available soon!

More Info. on CongrUUity? CongrUUity is an annual conference specifically for middle school youth. Gathering with other UU youth from around the region is empowering and gives youth a broader sense of our movement. An emphasis on spiritual as well as intellectual growth is expressed through a worship service, social action project or activities, connection circles and mini workshops throughout the event. And it is a lot of fun!

For more information, contact dre@liveoakuu.org

Highlights from the April 1-3, 2016 Conference  – “Bee the Change & A Sky Full of Stars”

The conference was held at U Bar U -our district camp and retreat center – Mountan Home, Texas, an IDA -Dark Sky Park. Youth in grades 6-8  participated in learning how our Unitarian Universalist Faith helps guide us to make a difference in the world. The Seventh principle, exploring the Interdependence of all existence was explored. The focus was on survival of bees and preserving our dark sky and how we Unitarian Universalists can help. We learned how we can make a difference in the future of our World. Video Brochure link is below.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0bwvhCDb9c&feature=youtu.be

Wisdom Council of the Jedi Academy

The Middle School class (Jedi Academy) participated in the Wisdom Council in the Spring of 2016. The Padawans asked questions of the Elders inquiring about their journey in Unitarian Universalism; accepting others with different beliefs; what helps get them through tough times and others. Many thanks to Jennifer Swan for sitting on the Wisdom Council with the other Advisors!

A FAMILY RITUAL

Once a month, have a family meeting to discuss how the family will work together in support of a congregation project. If the congregation has a published mission, perhaps begin the meeting by reading that aloud. Some of the yearly projects Live Oak participates in are: Hill Country Food Pantry can food drive and underwear drive; Holiday Giving Tree in December and Hands on Live Oak – helping to care for our building one or two Sundays a year.

Enjoy a weekend of constructive fun! Hands-on-Live Oak and Hands-on Housing projects are held a couple of times a year. Contact handsonhousing@liveoakuu.org for information on Hands-on Housing and facilities@liveoakuu.org for information on Hands-on Live Oak.

Contact the Director of Religious Education to find out about projects families can participate in at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church.

Email Patty Bissar, DRE at: dre@liveoakuu.org