Fourth Universalist Has a New Director of Religious Education

Introducing Our New Director of Religious Education

Over the past few months, the Director of Religious Education (DRE) Search Committee has engaged in the process of reviewing and interviewing candidates to lead our religious education program. As our current religious educator, Camellia, heads off to graduate school, we wanted to make sure that our program had the leadership it needs, not only to maintain the growth of the past year, but to grow and expand in new directions as well. The search committee held a nation-wide search, hoping to find both an experienced educator and someone with a background in Unitarian Universalism. We wanted someone great with kids, but also adults, who had a passion for our values and our justice work, who was administratively gifted, and who brought a contagious energy to their work.

We believe we have found that person in DJ Cashmere. Affiliated with the Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL, he impressed us with his wide experience teaching in the Chicago Public Schools, his thoughtful and engaging style, a dynamic classroom lesson taught with Fourth Universalist children, and his exceptional professional references that spoke unwavering of his character and abilities. DJ will begin his work with us August 1st, 2017, and will serve Fourth Universalist 20 hours each week and 12 months each year. Below is the bio he provided us:

DJ Cashmere is excited to soon serve the families of Fourth Universalist Society as Director of Religious Education. The descendant of Catholic and Jewish immigrants from across Europe, he was born in New Jersey and raised mostly in the DC suburbs. DJ received his Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from the University of Southern California and his Master’s in Teaching from Dominican University. DJ also studied in Germany and England before settling in Chicago, where he taught for eight years in the public school system, focusing largely on theatre and social justice. DJ will soon begin working on a second Master’s degree at New York University’s Carter Journalism Institute. He believes in fostering love, curiosity, and mindfulness, and sees his work in education as a practice of social change.

We hope you’ll take the time to meet DJ when he arrives in August and welcome him both to our congregation and NYC. And if you would like to get involved in the religious education, or simply have questions about next year, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to another great year together!

In faith and love,

Your DRE Search Committee
Will Ashley
Patty Jiménez
Melissa Naple
Amelia Zuver

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