Hello everyone! I am so thrilled to be the DRE at FUUSE! I have exciting things planned for this upcoming year, but first a note about who I am.
I am a fifth generation UU(!) from right here in Exeter, NH. I now live in East Kingston, with my husband, Artty, and our new baby, Moira. In the winters we play in the snow with our two dogs, and go cross-country skiing in the woods, and in the summer we grow as many vegetables as we possibly can. We play and make music together all year long. We’ve done quite a bit of traveling, and are so happy to have settled down where we are.
Teaching a religious education class to children and youth is a powerful and fulfilling experience. It is an exciting and important job of ours to grow our children into thoughtful, educated UUs! This job is not just the job of parents – it is the work of the whole congregation. Your willingness and enthusiasm to volunteer to teach is greatly appreciated! Each teaching session will span roughly two months, and will consist of four designated Sundays. We will be using standard curricula from the UUA’s Tapesty of Faith on these Sundays. Lesson plans will be provided, and there will be two teachers in each classroom. There will be a teacher training workshop for the first two sessions at the start of the church year, and another one after the holidays for the last three sessions.
FUUSE is pleased to announce that we have hired Linsey-Jean Francoeur as our new Director of Religious Education (DRE). She will begin in July and work with the RE committee and the minister to put things in place for the fall.
Linsey-Jean brings two kinds of work experience that will support the work of being a DRE. Linsey-Jean is a NH certified and Highly Qualified Teacher, and has been working in public schools since receiving her certification in 2010. Linsey-Jean also has extensive experience working for a small business in town, and has worked as a manager and regional manager for this business as well.
FUUSE Retreat – Join us for a fun and heartwarming weekend.
Come and enjoy a weekend under the pine trees at Camp Huckins with your fellow FUUSE folk. Usually between 60 and 80 of us gather for the weekend. We sleep in cabins with electricity and bunk beds, eat in a dining hall community style, and enjoy the fresh air and water of Freedom NH and Lake Ossipee. You will enjoy workshops such as Yoga, Poetry, Small Group Ministry Topic, challenge course activities, crafts, music, nature activities related to UU principles, or plan a workshop on a topic you love for others to enjoy.
During worship on April 19 (2015), Coleen O’Connell told us the story of the Elm Dance, and Joanna Macy’s work with the people of Novozybkov, in the aftermath of the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. Worship continued outdoors, where we learned the dance that Macy used in Novozybkov.
Things are popping here at FUUSE this spring! I can’t keep up with everything that is happening. Kim Canfield asked if it was like this every spring. And I had to say, no, not like this. I speculated that it was long winter rebound. And then I saw that the great big chalk board had reappeared in the Parish Hall and I thought, I wonder if all this happening is part of the Leap of Faith program playing out in our congregational life.