Category Archives: Religious Explorations

News and announcements for RVUUF’s “Religious Explorations” program for children and youth.

Religious Explorations: New class, departing educator

Marla Dentino heads 3- to 5-year-olds class

Cartoon image of a blue chalice with flame. The chalice has a facial expression that includes eyebrows, widely-opened eyes and a smile

Image © 2014 Peter Bowden. Used with permission

Beginning this Sunday, Oct. 2, Religious Explorations welcomes back Marla Dentino, who will be the teacher for a new class for 3- to 5-year-olds.

At the end of last year’s Religious Exploration program, Lead Teacher Liz Bianco, Administrative Coordinator Cynthia Parkhill and Rev. Nan L. White assessed that the number of toddlers had increased throughout the year. “A very good thing!” Over the summer, the Personnel Committee, Liz and Rev. Nan interviewed candidates to teach the new class for 3- to 5-year-olds.

Marla has taught at RVUUF on-and-off for many years, following its many transitions, and has given many dedicated hours of service especially to the R.E. program.

Goodbye to instructor Debbie Orr
R.E. says thank you and goodbye to Debbie Orr, who served as a nursery teacher for more than a year. Debbie is resigning to meet her need for adult relationships at RVUUF.

Debbie said that she thoroughly enjoyed working with all the teachers and children but felt it was time for her to step away from the teacher position.

To the R.E. program, Debbie brought her background as a Montessori-trained teacher.

She helped create a safe, comfortable and fun environment where children could embrace the UU Seven Principles. In her spare time, Debbie likes to draw and paint flowers.

‘Time for All Ages’ resumes Sept. 11

The “Time for All Ages” (a special time during services before children are released to their classes) resumes Sunday, Sept. 11 with RVUUF’s observance of the Water Communion. The children will be invited to add water that they collected into a large bowl. Water will be provided for those who do not bring their own. Nursery care is available beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continues until noon.

RVUUF seeks children’s educator

Cartoon image of a blue chalice with flame. The chalice has a facial expression that includes eyebrows, widely-opened eyes and a smile

Image © 2014 Peter Bowden. Used with permission

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (RVUUF) is seeking a part-time teacher for classes in Religious Explorations for ages 3-5 with flexibility to teach ages between newborns and 8th grade. If you hold progressive values, have experience with teaching children and are interested in becoming part of a creative and supportive teaching team, RVUUF is offering a 3.5-hour-per-week position that pays $13.50 per hour: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays plus one hour of prep time at home. Musical ability (or willing enthusiasm) a plus. Please respond to

America’s parents face explaining recent violence

America’s parents face the difficult task of explaining this week’s violence to children — the shooting deaths by police of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile followed by the shooting of a dozen police officers in Dallas. For the Los Angeles Times, Sonali Kohli shares insights offered by Suzanne Silverstein, director of the Cedars-Sinai Psychological Trauma Center, for talking with children about this shocking week of violence. Kohli also shares approaches taken by parents Richard Milner, Antoinette Barrett and Tyrone Howard.

Cynthia M. Parkhill
Administrative coordinator
Religious Explorations

Religious Explorations: Mosaic artwork from seeds

Sheets of paper, with seeds attached to them in pictorial representations of flowers and peace symbols

Mosaic pictures from seeds

Check out this mosaic artwork, created with seeds by students in Religious Explorations. The children are exploring the interdependency of life as R.E. spends summer in the garden. “Earth” is the theme for this coming Sunday, July 10, and features the process of composting.

Cynthia M. Parkhill
Administrative coordinator
Religious Explorations

Religious Explorations spends summer in garden

Group of children standing outdoors in garden

Religious Explorations file photo

Over the summer, Religious Explorations embarks on its garden program, with each week’s theme honoring the interdependency of life. On Sunday, July 3, the focus will be on “Roots.” Families, we encourage you to discuss with your children, “What helps you feel rooted?”

(As a reminder, there is no “Story for All Ages” during summer worship services; children go directly to their Religious Explorations classrooms. Nursery care is available for toddlers and infants, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continuing until noon.)

Religious Explorations needs to replenish snack supplies

Religious Explorations needs to replenish its supply of non-perishable snacks. Please consider donating items like the ones on this recommended list, which you will also find posted on the bulletin board outside R.E. classrooms. You certainly are not limited to these specific items, but we ask that you be mindful of students’ peanut, dairy and gluten allergies.
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Religious Explorations needs hard-boiled eggs

Religious Explorations needs donations of hard-boiled eggs for a children’s Easter celebration.

We are asking that adults please bring hard-boiled eggs with them to church on March 20. (Please contact lead teacher Liz Bianco in advance via RVUUF’s contact form, so that we have an idea of how many eggs are being donated.)

The eggs will be decorated with natural dyes, and the children’s Easter egg hunt will take place on March 27.

Cynthia M. Parkhill
Administrative coordinator
Religious Explorations