RE News, March 15 2019

Lauren Strauss, CRE
Director of Religious Education

Dear ones,

I do hope you’ve all celebrated Pi Day with some Pi(e)!  The RE Committee met last night and there was apple pie, and it was delicious.

This week I’m extremely excited for our next RE theme: the environment.  We’ll be considering our Seventh Principle, the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and we’ll be inviting everyone in the church to join with us in celebrating spring, and the wildlife of the Charles River.

Last spring Carole Berney shared some photos she took at a couple of different festivals in the Pacific Northwest, one celebrating animals and the other a “March of the Vegetables,” in which the human beings created costumes and floats and held a parade to spread the word about veggies and the earth.  We brought this idea to Mark, who gave us permission to try something a little different.

Carole and I will be sharing some of her slides and a preview of some of the creations we hope to inspire this Sunday during the multigenerational service.  We’ll have a few examples of creatures ready go, and I hope we spark your imagination, because on April 7, we’ll be inviting the entire church to come to Religious Education classes, where we’ll make a variety of creations to represent the creatures of the Charles River.  RE classes will include making costume hats, puppets, one medium-large float, and also, I hope, learning some music.  There will be a conversation with Mark for those inclined toward processing verbally. 

On April 28 we will present a multigenerational service called The Charles River Critter Crawl, which will feature creations that YOU made.  All ages will be welcome to participate in the telling of our tale.  Weather permitting, we’ll take our Critters for a Crawl around the outside of the church.  We’re going to keep it simple because we’ve never done anything like this before, but we’d like to show the outside world how much fun we have caring for the earth.

We’ll be reaching out to people around the parish for help with running workshops.  If we don’t reach out to you and you’d like to help, please feel free to contact me at or come find me on Sunday morning. 

The Charles River Creature Crawl is not only a fun way to exercise your creative side, it’s also an opportunity for people of different ages to get to know one another and to work together in a different venue from the Sanctuary.  I hope our days of fun worship will be fulfilling for you! Art is one of the ways I connect to spirituality, personally, and forming relationships with the people of my church is another.  I look forward to seeing you all on these days when we can worship, make, and laugh together.

Much love,

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