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Sources of UU RE Materials
SOURCES OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MATERIALS
Rev. Helen Zidowecki
There is no single source for information of Unitarian Universalist Religious Education material! Resources are produced by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), as well as by other Unitarian Universalists, with or without recognition from the UUA. The discussion here focuses on these UU resources, understanding that these are not the only resources used by Unitarian Universalists religious educators.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION
Lifespan Faith Development, UUA
General information about Lifespan Faith Development/Religious Education may be found at
Tapestry of Faith is the new series for all ages that nurtures Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love. These resources are downloadable, printed, viewable, interactive. These materials are available from http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/
Our Whole Lives, the sexuality education program for all ages, has just added the Young Adult sessions. Written jointly between the UUA and the United Church of Christ, the description is at
The UUA website archives contain information on from the UUA and from independent writers, some of which is still available. Curriculum Mapping is at http://archive.uua.org/re/currmap/allcurricula.php
Unitarian Universalist Bookstore Catalog includes religious education materials from UU and other sources. The Bookstore Catalog is published mid-June and updated on the website. Inclusion in the Bookstore is not an endorsement by Lifespan Faith Development. It is convenient to order on line (www.uua.org/bookstore )
Beacon Press has developed a number of study guides for adults to accompany Beacon Press books. The Study Guides may be downloaded from
Church of the Larger Fellowship has an extensive library of materials and also develops curriculum for all ages, for families and small groups, an on line courses. Go to http://clf.uua.org/re/
Lending Libraries are found in many of the UUA District Offices. Go to the Unitarian Universalist Association website for information on how to contact a District
OTHER UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST WRITERS
There are a number of religious education writers who publish items separate from the Unitarian Universalist Association.
UU CARDS (Unitarian Universalist Curriculum and Resource Developers) is a consortium of over 30 UU religious education writers. Information about the writers, annotated listing of materials currently available through UU CARDS, and opportunities for ordering are on the web site at www.uucards.org . This, and the UUA material on Tapestry of Faith and OWL, represent some of the most current UU religious education material.
Religious Education Resource Catalog may be the largest annotated listing of UU Religious Education resources. It includes the resources from the above-mentioned sources. The catalog is in two parts:
Before 1930 (over 80 entries). This historic section will be on the UU Religious Education History Group website January 2009 www.uurehistory.org
1930 to present (over 650 entries). This ongoing catalog has a new format January 2009 at www.hzmre.com/catalog/catalog.htm