Blaine Proctor, M.A. is your Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister for the UUFOC. Blaine is an experienced and professional educator with 5+ 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 new 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 Spring 2019 is “Wonderful Welcome”
The Wonderful Welcome curriculum engages and challenges leaders and children alike to explore how and why we are willing to welcome others into our lives. We welcome not only strangers, but family, our peers, our neighbors and even entities that are not people such as our animal friends and nature itself. How do we welcome? We welcome by sharing intangible gifts, those positive qualities which we all have inside us such as kindness, love, invitation, covenant and empathy. In this program, children learn to articulate and express a variety of intangible gifts, empowering them to share these gifts with others.
Youth’s Program (Grades 6-11)
“Our SUN YOUTH”
Our chalice camp program for Summer 2019 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 program for Spring 2019 will be based on our six Unitarian Universalist sources “Spirit of Life” and will entail a series of six workshops designed to study our UU faith, history, and legacy in depth for new and old generations. Spirit of Life workshops offer participants space, time, and community to explore their Unitarian Universalist spirituality. Each focuses on a different aspect of the spiritual life, framed by the lyrics of Carolyn McDade’s song “Spirit of Life.” Like the song, the workshops are designed to be welcoming to Unitarian Universalists of many spiritual and theological persuasions. Participants are invited to claim an inclusive definition of spirituality and recognize the spiritual aspects of their lives. Reflecting, speaking, and listening are core activities in each workshop. These classes will be held monthly on the last Monday evenings starting in January 2019. Check the calender for more info on each workshop.
Workshop 1 – ‘Our 1st Source – Experience Spirit, Mystery, Wonder & Creation’ (1/28 @ 6PM)
Workshop 2 – ‘Our 2nd Source’ (2/25 @ 6PM)
Workshop 3 – ‘Our 3rd Source’ (3/25 @ 6PM)
Workshop 4 – ‘Our 4th Source’ (4/29 @ 6PM)
Workshop 5 – ‘Our 5th Source’ (5/20 & 6PM)
Workshop 6 – ‘Our 6th Source’ (6/24 @ 6PM)
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.