Religious Education 2023-2024
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Parents and caregivers come to Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations for communities that help raise children AND YOUTH to become kind, respectful, fair-minded, caring, and strong enough to side with love and fight for justice. UU religious education and participation in worship, social justice work, and multigenerational gatherings reinforce what parents teach at home. We nurture truth-seeking, spirituality, and progressive moral values that will continue to shape and support our children as they grow.
Children’s programming usually occurs on Sunday mornings. Our religious education programs combine story, song, art, movement, discussion, and play to engage children with many learning styles, abilities, and activity levels.
On Sunday mornings, we begin together in the worship service before singing the children and youth to their individual classes, which end at noon. Caregivers are always welcome to sit in and to request copies of the curriculum for each month. Our volunteers also regularly communicate with families about what the children and youth are exploring in class so caregivers can supplement the conversations in the home. We mail out a weekly RE newsletter to families.
Our RE program currently focuses around 10 themes, such as Welcome, Heritage, Generosity, Mystery, Liberating Love, Justice & Equity, Transformation, Interdependence, Pluralism, and Renewal, and is based on a national UU curricula called Soul Matters.
We have a vibrant and growing cohort of preschoolers led by two certified teachers. This group focuses on play, relationship building, and an early introduction to the monthly themes.
This is a dedicated, warm, and welcoming group of children and volunteer facilitators, all of whom approach classes with humor, a sense of joy, and curious minds.
In this group, we can deepen discussions while also continuing to focus on fun and strengthening relationships. Facilitators and participants combine games and activities while also diving enthusiastically into the monthly themes.
We have a robust group of middle schoolers. It is a cohort of thoughtful and insightful youth who bring passion, depth, and humor into the search for truth and meaning they engage in on Sunday mornings.
Our high school youth, grades 9 – 12, meet weekly with adult leaders to go deeper into the material of the month. We hope to launch a Youth Group in 2024 for non-Sunday activities.