Religious Education: Growing Your Spirit
Religious education for children and youth is a time for wonder and community. We value all people, so we listen to each other and offer support. We value many religious expressions, so we learn the stories and celebrations of Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims and others. We value the earth, so we work in our garden. We value justice, so we get involved in sharing food with those in need. With mentors we learn yoga, plant trees, build birdhouses and talk about our beliefs and our hopes.
Children do projects, talk and tell stories together. Infants and toddlers are cared for in the nursery by nurturing paid staff. Dress is casual and visitors are always welcome.
We're always looking for interested parents and other members who are interested in sharing their interests and talents with our children's program as a special event or on a continuing basis as a teacher. If you are interested, please join us at our next RE committee meeting. Meetings held monthly on Sundays at noon, check the calendar to find dates.
Youth Religious Education Chair - Jennifer Thielen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of Youth Religious Education - vacant
Current Youth Curricula (2013-14)
- Our Nursery is for children from birth to age four and is available starting at 10:15 am. This room has no set curriculum as the children are allowed to
explore and play in a safe and supportive environment.
- The Elementary class is for ages four to eight and meets in the big RE room. We are using World of Wonder curriculum in this classroom. This curriculum explores
our 7th Principle, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part". Many of the lessons focus on direct experiences in nature, so there
is a lot of outside time for this class, weather permitting. This is a UUA Tapestry of Faith Curriculum and
you can read more about this curriculum online.
- The Upper Elementary class is our most physically active group. This class meets in the smaller "Tween" room in the back of the building and will be comprised of
children approximately nine to eleven years old. This group is using the "Traditions with a Wink" curriculum designed to teach the children more about our identity
and traditions as Unitarian Universalists with a healthy dosage
of humor and activity. You can read more about this curriculum and can even download a sample lesson.
- Our Tweens and Teens are not using a formal curriculum this year but continue to explore other faith traditions. This class, which is largely discussion based,
meets in the Library and will include children twelve and up. In addition to the discussions there will be speakers who talk to the class about their particular
faith and "field trips" to visit other places of worship.
Adult Religious Education happens most Weds evenings (Sept–Nov, Jan-Apr). Usually led by our minister, topics have
included: Unitarian Universalist History, Becoming a Welcoming Congregation, Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, What Does the Bible Really Say and many others. Childcare
is available upon request. See The Beacon (newsletter) for upcoming opportunities.