Religious Education


By Rev. Matthew McHale, Minister Starting this church year, Emerson will be participating in “Soul Matters,” a Small Group Ministry program built around monthly themes. What I am really enthusiastic about is that Soul Matters is not a stand-alone program—we will also be exploring those themes in Worship and in Children’s Religious Education.   … Continued


2016-17 Religious Education Volunteer Sign-Ups! Here’s a link to the sign-up page:     Teacher training will be on Saturday, September 10th–mark your calendars! The high-quality Religious Education program that Emerson offers takes between 20-30 volunteers over the course of the year to function; thank you for your willingness to be a part of that … Continued

RE Matters: Summer Camp Meets Sunday School

By Emmalinda MacLean Director of Religious Education I just got back from my fifth year of running Camp de Benneville Pines’ Counselor-in-Training program, which takes place during Elementary camp, and I couldn’t be more proud of this year’s batch of future camp counselors.   Several children from Emerson will be going up the mountain … Continued

RE Matters: Summer Spirit Jams! by Emmalinda MacLean

On June 26th, we’ll kick off our summer programming—a break from our September-to-June classes and curricula—and we still need volunteers to make it happen! Summer Religious Education will offer three age groups (a correction to my previous column, which stated there would be two; the RE committee voted to continue holding a preschool class) and … Continued

Third Annual Interfaith Dinner, West Valley Islamic Society, June 13, 2016

Sixteen Emersonians took part in the Third Annual Interfaith Dinner at the West Valley Islamic Society on June 13 along with members of various other churches, temples and religious organizations.  Dinner was served at 8:30 p.m. to break the fast.  This meal is known as Iftar.  Before the meal, we were invited inside the mosque … Continued


On Sunday, June 5, 2016, Emerson UU Church held a bridging ceremony to honor our graduating seniors, Olivia Calvi, Dustin Washburne, and Teddy Wada. (Teddy wasn’t able to be present for the ceremony.)   The Bridging Ceremony is the culminating event in the Religious Education program at Emerson. Led by Emmalinda MacLean, Religious Education Director, the ceremony included heart-felt … Continued

RE Matters: Looking Ahead to Summer Sessions!

It’s the season of graduations, culminations, and year-end performances—no doubt many of you are ready to welcome the lazy days of summer, after making it through the whirlwind end-of-the-school-year. Here’s a peek at what’s coming up for children and youth at Emerson over the next few months, as well as how you can get involved … Continued

RE Matters: Some Favorite Annual Traditions

In the last month, Emerson has celebrated three of my absolute favorite community events of our church year: the Easter Sunday canned food “egg hunt”; the culmination of another successful Our Whole Lives program, (the 7th-9th grade level); and another multi-generational Earth Day service, including a no-rehearsal pageant based on The Great Kapok Tree. Church … Continued

Bridging Ceremony

BRIDGING CEREMONY As our senior high students make their transition from high school to college, we have a “Bridging Ceremony” to send them on their way with love and support from the entire congregation. In the photo shown here, two of our graduating seniors, with their families, Minister, and Religious Education Director, experience this special event