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Our children’s religious education (RE) programs include nursery care, religious education classes for children in preschool through 12th grade, and various multigenerational spiritual development activities throughout the year.
Read the Family and Teacher Manual for details about our children’s education program.
2019-2020 School Year
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Early Childhood (Ages 3 to 6, PreK & K)
Celebrating Me and My World
This program begins by celebrating the wondrous qualities of the children in the class and then expands outward to explore the things and people around them. Through lessons on our 5 senses, our families, our congregation, and our natural world, the early childhood class will have opportunities to grow in their sense of trust and caring and to develop their sense of connectedness with all of life. Read curriculum here.
Elementary 1 (Ages 6 to 8, Grades 1 to 3)
Love Will Guide Us
In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers. Read curriculum here.
Elementary 2 (Ages 9 to 11, Grades 4 & 5)
Bibleodeon is an experiential program written to introduce young UUs to stories of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. Why Bible stories? Not only have the Christian and Hebrew Bibles helped shape today’s UUism and the earlier religious movements that grew into modern UU theology, but biblical ideas and references are common in today’s art, literature, music, and politics – almost all of modern life. A knowledge of major Bible stories and an understanding of the motivation and meaning that people can take from the Bible can help UUs practice the acceptance and tolerance we value. As we look at various stories from a UU perspective, we will also take and make our own meanings from these age-old tales. More about curriculum here.
6th Grade (Ages 11 and 12)
(see description of curriculum above.) We will be engaging in activities, skits, and art projects. Our goal is for participants to not only recognize the stories but to see how they impact their daily lives.
Jr Youth (Ages 12 to 14, Grades 7 to 8)
Crossing Paths (World Religions)
Crossing Paths joins the long line of visit-based UU curriculum going back 70 years. This new world religions curriculum honors these previous curriculums and adds its own unique components, including an emphasis on theological grounding, a distinct take on religious pluralism (“Many Mountains, Many Paths”), an abundance of experiential learning and a deep commitment to family-centered activities. Religions studied include Unitarian Universalism, Judaism, Christianity, Catholicism Christian Evangelicalism (Mega Church), Buddhism, Hinduism, Quakers, & Islam. More about curriculum here.
Sr UUth (Ages 14 to 18, Grades 9 to 12)
Sr UUth will meet twice per month and use Soul Matters Small Group materials to dig deeper into our monthly themes. Sessions begin with reflection questions, followed by discussion and activities. The youth will take an active role in choosing activities and leading discussions. One Sunday per month will be spent volunteering within the congregation: volunteering in a RE classroom, with the ushers and greeters, as a worship associate, as a host for coffee hour, or with any other group that the members find interesting. Finally, one Sunday will be spent in a Youth Meeting, let by the DSD and Sr UUth volunteers, with the entire Jr and Sr UUth classes. More info here.
The programs we offer are a truly collaborative effort. They have grown out of the hopes and hard work of the members and friends of this faith community. The Children’s Spiritual Development Committee leads an extensive ministry that is staffed by many volunteers from the congregation, including those both with and without children currently in the program.
All volunteers regularly working with our young people must undergo an application process to volunteer, submit to a criminal background check(s), follow our Safe Congregation Policy, and sign a Code of Ethics. In addition, volunteers in the Coming of Age Program will meet the parents or guardians of the youth prior to the program.
If you would like to join a teaching team, assist in a classroom, or help the program in another way, please contact [email protected]
For More Information
If you have any questions or would like more information about the Children’s Spiritual Development Program, please contact:
Director of Spiritual Development (DSD), Lara Profitt, at [email protected]
Religious Education Coordinator (REC), Ali Mills, at [email protected]
Children’s Spiritual Development Committee Chair, Mike Fuller, at [email protected]