1132e63e-e6bc-4052-aee3-fb163bee684cNest Way Preparatory Academy

Our sister church in Kisii, Kenya, the Kisii Unitarian Universalist Congregation, is working faithfully to educate young minds and hearts in Africa.  UUCT serves a supporting role in this worthy effort.

After seeing the division and even carnage that ideological extremism has created in Kenya, Justine Magara, the School Director of Nest Way Preparatory School set out to establish an education haven to combat these negative forces.  The school seeks to educate young people about the dangers of sexism, racism, and ideological myopia all the while promoting inclusion, equality, diversity, and democracy.

In School Master Justine Magara’s words, “As an educational institution in a pluralistic society we encounter an exciting challenge in our classrooms. We interact with diverse young people with whom we strive to create a classroom community where all can learn together in an equitable, challenging and happy way. The lessons we teach in Nest Way Preparatory School prepares students for life in our democratic society. What we teach affects not only our classrooms but our nation’s future as well. For us equality implies the following:

  • All people are truly valued and treated fairly.
  • People from diverse social groups are respected.
  • Social structures from our classrooms to our communities to the broader society are democratic and provide all people equitable opportunities.

Your generous support to this form of education will mean advancing peace to the world. “In addition to focusing on matters of the heart, a primary focus of Nest Way Preparatory School will be excellence in academics.  Using a blended approach, education at the school will utilize both in person instruction as well as online supplementation, such as Khan academy resources.”

Learn more at the Nest Way Preparatory Academy YouCaring site.

On Sunday, July 8th, Supporting Friend Chris Hanna presented a quilted wall-hanging she

Pictured (L to R) are UUCT Supporting Friend Chris Hanna, Interim Minister Rev. Charlotte Lehmann, and Lee Chipps-Walton (the leading energy behind our UU Tallahassee-Kisii Partnership Committee)

Pictured (L to R) are UUCT Supporting Friend Chris Hanna, Interim Minister Rev. Charlotte Lehmann, and Lee Chipps-Walton (the leading energy behind our UU Tallahassee-Kisii Partnership Committee)

created as a gift to UUCT’s partner church in Kenya. The design symbolizes our 6th UU Principle: “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.” On the back is the following inscription: For our Partner Church Kisii UU “Two Congregations one world community” Tallahassee, Fl. UU 2018.  Lee will be shipping the quilt and Rev. Justine’s award to Kenya this summer.

The same morning, Rev. Charlotte also presented to Lee Chipps-Walton the certificates and wooden plaques that he and Rev. Justine Magara, Kisii Unitarian Church, received from the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council (UUPCC)  in the first-ever joint Sustaining Stewards Award. Not only is the first time that one of these awards has been shared between two people, it is also the first time that the award has been given to a person outside of North America.

UUCT voted at its congregational meeting in February 2018 to officially become a Partner Church in the UUPCC. In March, Rev. Roger Bertschausen, UUPCC Executive Director, came to Tallahassee for a start-up weekend that included a workshop and worship service.

Since the start-up weekend, the UUCT children’s Religious Exploration program has exchanged letters and cards with their Kisii counterparts at the Nestway Preparatory School run by Rev. Magara and the Kisii Unitarian church.