Michele Grove, a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Wesley Theological Seminary, is focusing her project thesis research on interim religious education. She will be in town interviewing people of Follen Church about their experience working with an interim religious educator from May 3-10. Interim religious education was invented by a group of Unitarian Universalists in the early part of the twenty-first century and formally became a practice in 2005. Since then, more than one hundred religious educators have taken the UUA’s interim training and almost 30 have served as interim religious educators.
Michele’s work will assess the success of this specialized transition field and outline improved standards and evaluation tools for congregations who enter the interim religious education process. Would you be willing to be part of a focus group to share your thoughts and observations about the interim process at Follen? If so, please email Deb Weiner, Interim Director of Religious Education (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll put focus groups together. Thank you!