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Part 3, or a P.S. on How Religious Education is “Religious”

The Reverend Til Evans is retired from a career as a director of religious education, minister, and professor of UU seminarians at Starr King School for the Ministry.  Now in her late 80s, Til says that whoever we are, when we give time and attention to children in our congregations, we are educating them religiously.  It’s not about giving them facts and concepts. She says that by our actions and by our presence, we’re teaching about relationships, community and love. We’re teaching children and teenagers about their own dignity and worth, and about the value of their own ideas and sources of inspiration.  She adds that when we religiously educate others, we are religiously educating ourselves. We are engaged in the work of transformation, not for those we teach, but with them. We are all changed by what we do together.

–From my 2010 sermon “Joys and Terrors of Religious Education.”


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