Children and Youth

Children and Youth 2018-04-17T17:32:34+00:00

Religious Education Program

In the Religious Education Program we guide children and youth in the liberal search for truth and meaning.

  • We explore the world’s religious traditions.
  • Children develop their own spirituality rooted in Unitarian Universalist values.
  • Social justice education and opportunities help our young people identify their place in the world.
  • A sense of belonging is built via classroom community and worshipping together.
  • Families of all kinds are affirmed and receive support to help children develop healthy minds and spirits.
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Youth Groups

Our core youth program for high school students provides experiences in community building and fellowship, worship and congregational engagement, social action, UU values, and leadership.

Middle school youth engage in a Coming of Age program, and learn the value of putting their faith into action. We also offer units on gender bias in the media, and the comprehensive sexuality education program, Our Whole Lives.

Religious Education youth group

Course Descriptions

Infants and toddlers are nurtured by consistent, loving caregivers in a warm, child-friendly environment.

Using engaging story books and hands-on activities, children learn about the seven Unitarian Universalist Principles and explore the values they represent.

Fun and friendly, the highest quality picture books illustrate some of the main themes in Unitarian Universalist identity. Relating back to the UU Principles and Sources, teachable moments introduce our faith, and children respond with a variety of engaging options that appeal to all learning styles.

Our own curriculum provides a humanist and liberal interpretation of the most famous Bible stories that children come across in all aspects of American culture. We stress the moral themes of love, forgiveness, and justice that inspire our Unitarian Universalist faith. Multiple response options allow creativity, role-playing, interactive games, and reflective projects.

Embark upon a spiritual journey from childhood to adolescence. Using the symbolism of the compass, we explore our most ultimate beliefs and values, UU faith and heritage, and importance of social justice. The year culminates in writing a faith statement and creating a worship service for the whole congregation.

Explore oppressions in our society while cultivating personal growth in those values that are tools for justice. Stories, role-plays, games, and several service projects during the year bring home the value of faith in action. We also explore units on gender bias in the media in order to confront negative stereotyping of women and men in our society.

Our core youth program for high school students provides experiences in community building and fellowship, worship and congregational engagement, social action, UU values, and youth-led sessions exploring the monthly Soul Matters themes.

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Religious Education kids in Service

This Sunday in Religious Education – April 22, 2018
9:15 am and 11:00 am

Rainbow Connection: Pre-Kindergarten

“Peace is More Pleasant.” Today we continue learning about our sixth UU Principle, “we believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world,” as we explore the values of friendship, peace, and kindness. We read the storybook Peace Week in Mrs. Fox’s Class, make a rainbow peace sign, and play a find a new friend game.

Picture Book UU: 5K – 2nd Grade

“The Everything Seed.” This story begins our church-wide theme “What does it mean to be a people of Emergence.” The facts of science and the wonder of myth combine in this beautiful creation story by a UU minister. Explore the interrelationship of all creation while celebrating both science and the unfolding of divine inspiration.

Bible Tales and Legends: 3rd – 5th Grade

“Parables of Caring and Forgiveness.” Jesus often taught through parables—very short stories with hidden meanings. Parables such as the Lost Sheep and the Prodigal Son reveal some of Jesus’ radical thoughts about the power of caring and the importance of forgiveness. Today we explore the stories through drama and making a “mosaic” craft.

Coming of Age: First Service, 6th – 9th Grade

“UU Me.” Today’s big question asks: “What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?” We create a class “school bus statement” that describes the most important aspects of Unitarian Universalism to us. We also prepare for the presentation we will offer during the Worship for All Ages in a couple of weeks.

Call to Justice: Second Service, 6th – 8th Grade

“Call for Imagination.” Today we explore the importance of imagination when creating the world as it could be. Through the lens of climate change, we learn about environmental justice issues and prepare for this weekend’s River Clean-Up project.

Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU): 2nd Service High School Youth

Worship and Minister Chat. Today we take on hospitality roles and attend the worship service. Afterwards, we meet over pizza to chat with our intern minister about the sermon topic.