CRE Registration Information
The 2014-2015 registration form is available here. You must register your child(ren) for all classes, Nursery through High School. You'll find descriptions of the classes here. Ours is a cooperative program, so all parents/guardians must volunteer in some way. If you need a financial waiver, please contact Dolores Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-517-1469). There is no waiver on volunteering.
Welcome from Our CRE Director
Welcome to the vibrant and enriching program that is Religious Education for children, youth and families at All Souls! Our mission, in alignment with that of the church at large, is to provide a diverse, spirit-growing, justice seeking community. We do this through meaningful lesson themes, dramatics, hands-on and physical activities, and open conversations. In addition to classes, there are many family friendly events, as well as opportunities to enrich our connections with the family of All Souls Church. Welcome, one and all, to our Unitarian Universalist religious community.
As you may be aware, during our major building renovation, the physical environment is ever changing and not always ideal, but our spirit and mission remain solid. So read on for an RE adventure, as well as helpful information.
~ Dolores Miller, Interim Director of Religious Education
The purpose of the Religious Education Program is to:
Encourage and support our children’s spiritual and ethical growth;
Provide an open, safe, and compassionate community;
Offer young people a place to explore Unitarian Universalism and other faiths;
Support a natural development of religious faith based on direct experience.
Dolores Miller, Interim Director of Children's Religious Education (email@example.com)
Maxine Hillman, Religious Education Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
James Ploeser, Youth (High School) Ministry Coordinator (email@example.com)
Kimberly Adams, Childcare Provider
Religious Education Committee
The Religious Education Committee embodies congregational responsibility for the religious education for children and youth by articulating directions and supporting the professional and volunteer staff in realizing the goals of the program.
Meeting once a month with the Interim Director of Children's Religious Education, committee members articulate the direction and design of the religious education program by listening to parents and congregants, planning and implementing religious education events, supporting training sessions, and working with other adults in the wider congregation to build a religious community.
All Souls Religious Education Committee
Co-Chair, Anne Herr (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-Chair, Jen Abercrombie (email@example.com) liason to 9:30 & 11:15 Middle School
Evan Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) liason to 9:30 preschool
Marah Stets (email@example.com) liason to 9:30 K-1st
Jody Feldman (firstname.lastname@example.org) liason to 9:30 2nd-3rd
Hillary Wicai Viers (email@example.com) liason to 11:15 K-1st
Stephanie Aduso (firstname.lastname@example.org) liason to 11:15 preschool
Lucy Summers (email@example.com) liason to 11:15 2nd-3rd
Carolyn Fowler Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) liason to 9:30 4th-5th graders
Jennifer Keller (email@example.com) liason to High School
Lowell Ungar (firstname.lastname@example.org) liason to 11:15 4th-5th graders
All Souls RE Program Safety Policies
No teacher should ever be alone with one child (unless it’s their own child). If you are the first to drop off your child and there is only one teacher, you must stay until another teacher or child arrives.
We perform background checks on all individuals who work with children and youth.
Children in 5th grade and younger must be picked up after class. They will not be dismissed on their own. Please be mindful of this when socializing after the service.
Snacks offered include granola bars, raisins, or other fruit/veggies, and a gluten-free option. Please remind teachers if your child has food allergies.
Children and youth may not leave the church for RE activities without a signed permission form from a parent/guardian. The exception is the middle and high school classes that meet at La Clinica.
Teachers are trained on the best route to exit in an emergency. Limited first aid kits are provided in every classroom and a more complete kit is in the office.
Expectations for Behavior
In the RE Program, we seek to engage children and youth within an atmosphere of mutual respect and kindness. At the beginning of the church year, all classes create a “Class Covenant,” stating how they will be in community with each other. In order to ensure a safe learning environment for all participants, we expect a method of interacting guided by our covenants. In the event that a child needs help meeting these expectations, the following steps may be taken: verbal correction or sign, removal from group, conversation with the Religious Educator, consultation with parents, parents asked to take part in class.
In the spirit of community, we ask that our children and youth "be present" in class. This means they do not bring books and toys into the room with them, unless it is meant to be used with the lesson. Ideally all children will be present in mind and spirit, but if your child has a special need to bring a book or toy from home, please speak with Dolores.