Children Religious Education

 Our Children’s Religious Education  ~ “To nurture children and youth to develop a commitment to religious freedom, critical thinking, ethical action, and individual responsibility. We achieve this through experiential learning and developing appropriate curricula in keeping with UU principles and tradition”.

Welcome to our Interim DRE, Carmen McFarlin!

Dear OUUF community,

Hello! I am so very excited to begin my new adventure as the Interim Director of Religious Education. Thank you so much for welcoming me into your congregation and for entrusting me with this great responsibility.

My family recently relocated to Oberlin from Austin, Texas. My husband Michael is employed by Oberlin College in their IT department. We have three daughters, ages 16, 14, and 12 who have all been homeschooled. Our oldest chose to enroll in the Oberlin High School and I continue to homeschool our other two daughters.

Most recently, I was employed as Program Manager at Growin’ Together, an alternative summer camp and after-school program. We focused on empathy-based conflict resolution and non-violent communication. I absolutely loved practicing these skills along with our kids and seeing how naturally they understood the process of need-based communication!

I value very much the inclusion of our youngest members in this spiritual journey. Our children have so much to offer us all and their views on the world around them often offer insight that we adults can sometimes be blind to in our busy adult minds. I always appreciate the reminder to slow down and BE PRESENT!

I look forward to growing as a member of the OUUF community and am very grateful for the opportunity to hold space and serve as the Interim DRE.

In Gratitude,

Carmen McFarlin



May 2016 RE Schedule:

May 1st – Story For All Ages/Middle-School Discussion on Stereotypes and Identity

May 8th – What Makes a Mother? Class story and activity

May 15th – Intergen service on Music, no RE but childcare will be provided

May 22nd – Story For All Ages

May 29th – Graduation Intergen Service

Child Care Provided


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