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Faith Development News

After a nationwide search, the Live Oak DLFD Search Team is thrilled to introduce you to our new Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Christine (Chris) Jarman.

Chris holds a wide range of experience in education, making her the ideal candidate for us as we rebuild our faith development program and craft the future of religious education in a post-pandemic world. She most recently has served as the Director of Lifespan Religious Education at Buckman Bridge UU Church in Orange Park, Florida. Before that, she served as a site director/summer camp director for Florida’s First Coast YMCA, an Emotional Behavioral Teachers Assistant for the Clay County school district, and other volunteer positions such as Acting DRE, RE Teacher, Odyssey of the Mind coach, work with the Second Harvest Food Bank, and more.

Chris writes:

I have a strong devotion to our faith tradition and firm unwavering belief that the world needs Unitarian Universalism. My experience working in social justice, Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression/ Multiculturalism, and Widening the Circle has helped me to understand the special role our denomination can play in serving communities as the people of faith who Side with Love. Furthermore, I believe that our faith can change individual lives, saving people through our message of acceptance and the unparalleled power of love. My view of the world is especially influenced by the 6th Principle (The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all) and the expectation that we as people are called to make a difference. This constantly causes me to push myself into endeavors and careers which allow me to strengthen the community of which I am a part.

I was born in Warner Robbins, Georgia but have called Jacksonville, Florida my home since I was five. My husband Jim and I are enjoying our thirty-fourth year of marriage. We started out our life together on a sailboat, traveling and working while living abroad for twenty years. We have one trans daughter, Morgan and her partner, Hannah (our daughter-in-love), four cats and one dog. We are all Trekkies, love all things astronomy and my husband and I enjoy British television, especially mysteries. We look forward to exploring the music, and the culture of the Texas Hill Country. But the best part will be meeting, learning, and growing with all of you!

Chris will be joining us at the end of the summer as we prepare for the 2022-23 church year, which begins in September.

With joy,

The DLFD Search Team
Mark A. Anderson
Sue Buckley
Christopher Carroll
Cindy LaGreca
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Summer Faith Development begins May 22

During the transition from Carrie to Chris, our new DLFD, we will be mostly having intergenerational faith development this summer. Worship service is at 10 AM, followed by faith development classes at 11 am. We will continue to livestream worship services but formal faith development activities are in-person only. Childcare is available during service for children under 6, and sometimes during faith development classes.

The first Sunday of the month (excluding July) will be get-to-know you games and activities as we get used to being around each other again. The second Sunday of the month will be focused on our summer social action project, making sleeping mats for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. The third Sunday will be divided by ages (K-5th, 6th-12th, and adult) for our Banned Books Book Club. Thanks to Leander ISD for the book suggestions! 😉 The fourth Sunday will be focused on different spiritual practices so you can find what works best for you. There will not be any formal faith development classes on the 5th Sunday of the month.

All classes are drop-in and open to all members, visitors, guests. Adult caregivers must remain on church premises during classes but children kindergarten and older may attend class on their own. No food is served during class except for the Spiritual Practice of Food on May 22.

Volunteers Needed

We cannot have RE classes without volunteers to staff these classes. Please consider donating just one hour a month to our Religious Education program. Don’t pass up a chance to get to know the amazing, thoughtful youth we have at Live Oak.

Contact me at DLFD@liveoakuu.org.