ChaliceChick asks me to further comment on what I said in my last post, “it’s the adults that are not fully engaged in the ongoing spiritual development that is required to be a mature person.” I’ll see if I can give that line justice.
Part of the reason I said that is that I think there is so much focus on children’s RE in UUism that there seems to be this thinking that all religious identity is formed by the time somebody is 14. So much of life happens after 14 that I think UUism misses out on helping adults of all ages deal with the rest of life well.
If you take a look, you will see that the adult programs person in the office of Lifespan Faith Development is vacant. Take a look at the curricula for adult faith development available through the UUA bookstore; not spirituality books for adults to read, but actual curricula. Not that many. (Yes…I know that there is a new one out there called Tapestry, but it’s not on the UUA bookstore site) Where are the curricula that deal with the big issues in life……death (not talking about grief support groups, but actual theories and theologies of death and dying)……partnership (theologies of coupling)……aging….and so forth?
Where are the curricula that give people an in-depth[not cursory] knowledge of the 500+ year history of U/U/UU?…..because far too many UUs seem to think this movement came up whole-cloth in 1961. If you want to build UU identity, then it helps to know where one comes from.
UUs do an ok job with getting people started on the journey of theological processing, but fall flat in the follow-through.
If you want to keep your kids interested in the church, it would help if you kept their parents interested in the church. Especially since so many spiritual/theological questions are answered by parents. Religiously ignorant/stagnant parents will influence their children more than 50 other adults who those children see once-a-week.
I don’t know if I’ve answered the question, but I hope it’s a start.