UU Heritage Moments: A Congregations’s Teachable Moments
that Identify and Define Us
by Pat Hoertdoerfer
for the UU Religious Education History Group
A participatory workshop that invited participants to bring a MOMENT to share.
We carry the legacy of generations of Unitarian / Universalist / Unitarian Universalist forbears:
founders of congregations, ministers of liberal theologies, educators of faith development, leaders of
justice work, missionaries of UUA consolidation, community builders of care and friendship. In
every aspect of congregational life opportunities abound to articulate a MOMENT of U/U/UU
history and heritage, whether opening a board meeting, lighting a worship chalice, sharing an RE
program covenant or creating banners for peace and justice projects. These MOMENTS define our
ever-evolving faith and identify what our people stand for today, yesterday and tomorrow.
Participants shared UU Heritage MOMENTS from their own experience. There were samples of
curricula that included historical material and new ideas to take home to explore with congregants
and leaders of all ages.