Hello UUFCM, my name is Jakobe Neal, and I am the incoming Director of Religious Education at this fellowship. My pronouns are he/him/his, and I identify as African-American. I am from Eastpointe, Michigan, in the metro Detroit area. Near my home town, I graduated from Fraser High School in 2020. In high school, I performed and took on leadership in Color Guard and was involved in the Future Teacher Program as a teacher’s assistant and student teacher. Currently, I attend Central Michigan University, studying Secondary Education in History, Social Studies, and Political Science, with a Minor in American Sign Language. I am incredibly humbled and excited to serve as Director of Religious Education for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Michigan. If you need to contact me, I am best reached at 586.438.4008 or RE@uufcm.org.
I am more than excited to welcome in the new DRE, Jakobe Neal. His friendly manner, obvious experience with children, and level of enthusiasm for getting started tell me that the RE Program will be in good hands. In the meantime, you can find me at Sunday services, game nights, and other fellowship events for as long as I can attend (what can I say, I’ve grown attached to UUFCM!). Thank you to Drew and the children, families, RE Team, RE staff and volunteers, Worship Team, and congregation for contributing to the RE Program and creating the wonderful community that is UUFCM.
Children and families had boatloads of fun on Sunday while picking pumpkins, visiting the animals, and enjoying donuts and cider on our visit to Papa's Pumpkin Patch! We hope everyone enjoys carving/decorating their picked pumpkins at home!