Sharing the history of Religious Education
Out of its larger mission, The Fahs Center created the Angus MacLean Religious Collection, culling curricular materials, teaching artifacts, theoretical frameworks, and the personal papers of liberal religious educators dating back the origins of the UU faith tradition. Materials were culled from the Meadville Lombard library stacks, the Liberal Religious Educators Association, UU congregations, and from personal collections of RE practitioners from around the world.
In 2012, the newly formed Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Innovation in Faith Formation took on the work of cataloguing and updating the MacLean Special Collection. A corps of master religious educators formed a volunteer working group to prepare the collection for use in classrooms, research, and curriculum development.
Today The Fahs Collaborative – through collections such as MacLean - is working to ensure that the power of liberal teaching and learning actualizes the wisdom found in this collection to inspire the flourishing of human life, writ large. The Collection expects to expand it work to gathering the story of professional development for religious educators, curricular materials that speak to the spiritual needs of children, youth and adults, vibrant teaching found in summer camps and conferences, the teaching and learning experience of identity groups within UU’ism, and the professional papers of professional theorists and practitioners.
We welcome your use of The RE Collection as well as donations of historical materials from your own collection that would be of service to future generations of learners and scholars. If you have books, pamphlets, curriculum, photographs, or other archival material you believe is relevant to UU Religious Education history, please contact Bobbie Poole, Educator in Residence for The MacLean Collection, for a discussion. Please do not send materials without first having a consultation with Bobbie.
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