Blaine Proctor, M.A. is your Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister for the UUFOC. Blaine is an experienced and professional educator with 6+ years of experience teaching math at the K-12 level. He has been a part of the UUFOC for 10+ years and has done extensive outreach work with the UU Church of Las Cruces and the UU Community of El Paso. In addition to teaching Sunday School, you can find Blaine facilitating monthly meditation groups and teaching classes for the AAP group on Facebook as an ordained priest. Blaine primarily follows a Buddhist faith with some Earth-centered practices integrated into his spirituality. His overall goal in life is to get his PhD and become an education professor for an online university.
Our Vision For Religious Education:
The Religious Education program will be based on the UUA’s “Tapestry of Faith” curriculum. Embodying lifespan faith development for our congregations, Tapestry of Faith is a collection of curricula and resources that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love. It is our main vision for the UUFOC that all three programs below be housed in separate classrooms in the Spiritual Learning Center.
Childcare and Toddlers (Ages 0-4)
“Our CHALICE KIDS”
Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers ages 4 and under. Program to include song, dance, story-telling and creative play in the classroom. Check out the Preschool curriculum from the UUA known as “The Chalice Children” for some ideas. Early childhood (the years between ages 2 and 5) is filled with curiosity and wonder. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. Their time in Chalice Children can set a pattern for the rest of their lives and bring lasting benefits.
Children’s Program (Grades K-5)
“Our EARTH CHILDREN”
Our current program for Fall 2019 is “Faithful Journeys”
Participants embark on a journey of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action. Over the course of the program, children discover a unity of faith in the many different ways Unitarian Universalists, including themselves, can act on our beliefs.
Here is a list of our RE topics for October!
10/6 – ‘Learning From the Past: Looking Into the Future’
10/13 – ‘Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day: A Critical History Lesson’
10/20 – ‘Carry The Flame of Peace & Love’
10/27 – ‘Halloween: The True Story’
Youth’s Program (Grades 6-11)
“Our SUN YOUTH”
Our current program for 2019-2020 will be “Heeding The Call: Qualities of A Justicemaker.”
Youth are encouraged to view themselves as agents of change in the world as they develop qualities crucial to justice work. They reflect on their own lives while making connections to the lives lived by others, building self-awareness while growing as leaders. Includes a Justicemakers Guide to help youth track their activities outside the workshop and a long-term Faith in Action project to lead youth, step-by-step, in becoming allies to marginalized communities.
Adult’s Program (Ages 17+)
“Our MOON ELDERS”
The current program for Fall 2019 will be “Faith In Action.” These classes will be held monthly on the last Sunday afternoons after lunch (2PM) in the fellowship starting in August 2019. Check the calender for more info on each workshop.
8/25/2019 – ‘Articulating Your UU Faith’
9/29/2019 – ‘Long Strange Trip’ UU History Documentary Part 3 “American Unitarianism”
10/27/2019 – ‘Jefferson Bible Study’ part 1
11/24/2019 – ‘Jefferson Bible Study’ part 2
12/29/2019 – ‘Intro to Multiculturalism & Social Justice Practice’
Coming of Age & Bridging Ceremonies
*After students turn 17, the RE will conduct a bridging ceremony Sunday Service for them at the end of the school year in May. Upon graduation, they will be given the option to join the larger fellowship or assist with the RE program on Sundays.