Hiring Director of Religious Education

  • Compensation: $25/hour
  • Part-time: 20 hours/week

The Director of Religious Education (DRE) oversees the vision, planning, management, development and evaluation of religious education programs for children and youth in order to nurture religious and spiritual growth.  

For more details about the duties and qualifications for this position, please see the position description here or below.

To apply for the Director of Religious Education position, please send your resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re interested in the position (and why you’d be good at it) to mjohnson@wuuc.org.

Open until filled; position begins in Fall 2022.

Director of Religious Education Position Description – Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church 

Reports to: Minister 

Status: Part-time, 20 hours per week (0.5 FTE)

FLSA: Non-exempt

Effective: July 2022

Compensation: $25 per hour, based on UUA fair compensation guidelines. Benefits include prorated health, retirement, and paid time off, study leave and professional development expenses.

Work Schedule

20 hours per week to include at least 3 Sunday mornings per month.  The remainder of the time will be split between working from home, regular office hours (to be coordinated with the minister), attendance at meetings, events and training. Some limited travel may be required.

Job Summary

The Director of Religious Education (DRE) oversees the vision, planning, management, development and evaluation of religious education programs for children and youth in order to nurture religious and spiritual growth and encourage Unitarian Universalist identity formation. 

The DRE will affirm the principles and values of Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church (WUUC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and abide by the WUUC Staff Covenant. 

Essential Functions

  • Recruit, vet (including background check), train and lead a team of volunteer teachers, youth advisors and others who support the religious education program.
  • Supervise the Childcare Supervisor staff member.
  • Coordinate with the minister and the worship team to provide support for mini-worship services, weekly Time For All Ages messages during Sunday worship services, and occasionally lead other worship for children and youth.
  • Work with the Minister to develop and lead rites of passage for children and youth; assist with other ceremonies as requested.
  • Encourage and support the involvement of children and youth in all aspects of church life, including worship services. 
  • Publicize the children and youth religious education program to the congregation and the community at large (when appropriate).
  • Integrate social justice learning opportunities for children and youth.
  • Coordinate and schedule special religious education programming and activities such as Our Whole Lives sexuality education, Coming of Age, and youth conferences and trips.
  • Manage RE program records and files. Maintain records for religious education activities, including attendance, field trips, background checks and program expenses. Manage budget for RE program.

Other Responsibilities

  • Attend staff meetings, Religious Education Committee meetings, and other meetings as requested by the Board or Minister.
  • Provide monthly reports to the Board, Ministry Council, and RE Committee.
  • Set goals and develop a plan for personal professional development.
  • Maintain the church’s resource library on religious education topics for the use of the congregation.
  • Coordinate planning for youth service trips every other year with youth input.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to model appropriate, effective and welcoming behavior and attitudes toward the children, youth and volunteers under their supervision.
  • Working knowledge of the functions and philosophy of Unitarian Universalist religious education programs.
  • Skill in coordinating, leading, and delegating to volunteers and religious education staff. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the minister and volunteers in planning creative programs, including worship, for children and youth.
  • Proficiency in English language communications, both written and verbal.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications, email, calendaring, social media and Zoom. Ability to learn membership database and other new programs as needed.
  • Ability to move and lift children’s furniture in order to set up classroom space.  Reasonable accommodations will be made according to physical ability.
  • CPR and First Aid training is strongly desired.
  • Must submit to and pass a background check.

Core Competencies

  • Compassion and Care
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Developing and Motivating Volunteers
  • Mission Ownership
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Verbal and Written Communication
  • Resilience in Times of Change and Transition
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Attention to Detail
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Technical Expertise
A Fond Farewell

A Fond Farewell

Friends,

As you have probably heard by now, I will be moving away this summer to pursue a new career opportunity in Texas.  
I want to thank you all for your support and love during the past few years. It has been such an honor to serve as your DRE.  As I head off on a new adventure in the Lone Star State, I hold you all in my heart. You are a truly special congregation and have so much to share with the world. 

My prayer for you is that you support one another, especially the children and youth in your midst. Don’t assume that someone else is doing the work of teaching the young people. It takes a village to support healthy growth. You are an important part of that village.

Thank you for a wonderful experience, and taking a risk on a brand new DRE three years ago. You have meant the world to me, and I will miss you. I’ll leave you with these words from Laila Ibrahim:

“It’s a blessing you were born

And it matters what you do

What you know about God

Is a piece of the truth

May the beauty you love

Be what you do

And you don’t have to do it alone”

c/edit

Peace and Laughter, my friends.

Bridget

Options for Children

Options for Children

If you have been wondering what options children have at WUUC right now, here are the answers you’ve been looking for!

Mini-worship on Zoom: We have a 15 minute mini-worship service each Sunday over Zoom which begins at 9:30 (before the main worship service).  It is geared toward children, but all are welcome to attend. 

In Person Worship: If you have attended a service in the sanctuary recently, you may have noticed a new feature: The VIP (Very Inquisitive People) Area!  This carpet at the front of the sanctuary is designed for vaccinated children to have a comfortable spot just for them during the worship service.  The space contains cushions and lap desks and foam blocks.  Additionally, there is a “fidget library” with other quiet activities that people (kids and adults) can choose from to occupy their hands during the service. We ask that if your child sits in the VIP area during the service that you sit near them in order to answer any questions or handle any situations that may come up, and that you help clean up any fidget materials at the end of the service.

Outdoor Play During Worship: Unvaccinated children and all children who would rather not stay in the service with their parents are invited to play outside with our childcare staff.  There are multiple activities and games planned for all ages of children.

Monthly Craft Events:  Children ages 2-10 are invited to attend our monthly outdoor crafting events.  We have done activities such as making terrariums, snow globes, Holiday decorations, and personalized play-doh.  These are great events to meet up with other parents and children in person!

We ask that if your child sits in the VIP area during the service that you sit near them in order to answer any questions or handle any situations that may come up, and that you help clean up any fidget materials at the end of the service. Stay tuned to the calendar and email list for the next events!

Summer RE: This summer we will begin offering in person RE classes for our elementary aged children during Sunday Services.  We will be offering a “Getting to Know WUUC: RE Edition”.   Leaders from many of WUUC’s teams and committees have volunteered to share what they do at WUUC, and why it is important for our community and the world.  More details and registration information will be sent out soon.

I am so glad to be meeting in person with so many of you.  If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Peace and Laughter,
Bridget

Tending The Flame: The Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting

Tending The Flame: The Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting

The Religious Education committee has started a book group/support group for parents on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. We will be starting with the book “Tending the Flame: The Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting” by Michelle Richards. 

Knowing how to incorporate religious values and spiritual beliefs into our children’s lives is a difficult thing to manage, especially if you were not raised in a religious household or the religion of our childhood is very different from your current faith tradition. Come join a group of WUUCie parents in the exploration of ways to raise Unitarian Universalist children, developmentally appropriate ways of answering questions about religion, teaching the Principles, and including spiritual practices into family life.

Copies of the book are available at no cost to you, or you can purchase both electronic and hard copies of it on Amazon.com

If you have any questions, please reach out to Amelia King at AKing@wuuc.org.

Here’s How to Practice Being Thankful

Here’s How to Practice Being Thankful

It has been my practice for the past few years to share something I am grateful for each day in November. And in December, I post a virtual Advent Calendar of Kindness. Each day in December, I post something small that people can do to make the world a better place.

This year, as I posted my daily gratitude posts, I was very aware of how much I need to practice being thankful.  Gratitude has been essential to my mental health and has helped me have enough motivation to continue my work.  In this busy time of the winter holidays, I encourage you to take some time to remember what you are grateful for.  Share your gratitude with others and, if you can, give other people something to be grateful for as well. 

If you are having a hard time feeling grateful or joyful, here is a meditation that may help.

Meditation on Gratitude and Joy

By Jack Kornfield (https://gratefulness.org/resource/meditation-on-gratitude-and-joy/)

Let yourself sit quietly and at ease. Allow your body to be relaxed and open, your breath natural, your heart easy. Begin the practice of gratitude by feeling how year after year you have cared for your own life. Now let yourself begin to acknowledge all that has supported you in this care:

With gratitude I remember the people, animals, plants, insects, creatures of the sky and sea, air and water, fire and earth, all whose joyful exertion blesses my life every day.

With gratitude I remember the care and labor of a thousand generations of elders and ancestors who came before me.

I offer my gratitude for the safety and well-being I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the blessing of this earth I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the measure of health I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the family and friends I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the community I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the teachings and lessons I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the life I have been given.

Moving Forward in Gratitude

Moving Forward in Gratitude

It’s hard to believe that it is already November!  It has been my tradition for the past few years to share a daily gratitude post on social media throughout the month of November. It feels like right now there is so much to be grateful for! 

We will soon be able to regather for church services and activities in person. Most of our children will soon be eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations. Life feels so valuable and precious, and I am grateful for so many things.

I have so much gratitude for the WUUC congregation and your commitment to maintaining the connection of our beloved community throughout the past year and a half. I have witnessed so many instances of love, compassion, kindness, creativity, and hard work from you all as we have navigated this new world we live in. I want you to know that your contributions have been seen. Your dedication is appreciated, and I am so grateful for you.

As we move forward into the next phase of our congregational life, I rejoice in this beloved community and am deeply grateful for all of you.

Peace and Laughter,

Bridget