Upcoming Religious Education Sessions

Church Year Religious Education 2016 - 2017

September 11, 2016 - May 21, 2017

FIRST SERVICE: 9:15-10:30am                  SECOND SERVICE: 11:00am-12:15pm

Please speak with the Director of Religious Education to determine the best placement for your child. REGISTER HERE!


April 2, 2017

Chalice Children: Pre-Kindergarten (Rainbow Room)
“Passover.” One of the spring holidays our church celebrates is Passover, the Jewish festival of freedom. Today we hear some of the fun things children do with their families on this special day, play games, and make a paper Seder plate.

Welcome Home: Five Kindergarten - Second Grade (Purple Room)
“Our Faith Home.” We continue exploring feelings about faith and community. We hear about the prophet Muhammad and how he strongly felt a connection to Mecca as his faith home. We explore some common values between Unitarian Universalism and Islam, sing songs, and move to poetry.

Stories of World Religions: Third - Fifth Grade (Orange Room)
"The End of Jesus’ Life." Unitarian Universalists believe that even though Jesus died, his teachings live on. We can still learn Jesus’ lessons about love, peace, and justice. Today we hear the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, learn about the symbol of the cross, and share bread together.

Neighboring Faiths: First Service Sixth - Tenth Grade (Red Room)
Visit to the Sikh Religious Society of Wisconsin Gurudwara. During today’s special visit, we hear about the Sikh religion, tour their place of worship, join in singing and prayers, and stay for lunch (langar).

Coming of Age: Second Service Sixth - Eighth Grade (Red Room)
“What Do We Have Faith In?” Today we explore what is of ultimate value to us and consider what to have faith in. We brainstorm ideas about faith and interview the Council of Elders about their own faith and ultimate values.

Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU): Second Service High School (Senior Youth Room)
“Fifth Dimension: The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” Today we watch an episode from The Twilight Zone as a springboard for discussion of the dangers of prejudice and hysteria. The series’ creator, Rod Serling, was a Unitarian with a prophetic vision of totalitarianism, objectification, and bigotry that is as relevant today as it was in the early 1960s. What can we learn from this episode about today’s rampant prejudice and its mob mentality? How susceptible are people to manipulation and the search for a scapegoat? How can we help cut through propaganda to find the truth?


April 9, 2017

"Lesson From a Sparrow: A Service for All Ages"
With the Rev. Suzelle Lynch and Maria O'Connor, Director of Religious Education

Join us for this special multigenerational service to hear the story of "A Sparrow Named Stanley," written by Betty Sydow and illustrated by UUCW member Carolou Nelsen. As Stanley's journey helps him discover what his life is really all about, we explore how we use our individual gifts to create a supportive community. Carolou and Betty join us, and copies of "Stanley" will be available for purchase. Special Music from the UUCW Vocal Ensemble. No regular religious education sessions. Nursery care is available through age 4.


April 16, 2017

Chalice Children: Pre-Kindergarten (Rainbow Room)
Today we read The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown. We talk about spring and friends, and make some surprise egg cards.

Easter Group Religious Education (Gathering Area)
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade gather in the lower level for a special holiday education hour. We hear the story “Chicken Sunday,” in which two very different cultures comingle delightfully to create a very special Easter. We follow up with a “tea party” and make special holiday bonnets and hats.

Young people in grades six and above attend the worship service with their families.


April 23, 2017

Chalice Children: Pre-Kindergarten (Rainbow Room)
“Services of Love and Union.” Our church is a place where people celebrate their love through special service of marriage and union. Today we identify ways we feel loved and lovable and celebrate love in all kinds of families.

Welcome Home: Five Kindergarten - Second Grade (Purple Room)
“Gift of Earth Care.” In honor of Earth Day, we focus on the interdependent web of life and the intangible gift of protecting the natural environment. We hear the story of the “Green Man” and develop a spiritual connection to nature by exploring the grounds around the congregation.

Stories of World Religions: Third - Fifth Grade (Orange Room)
“Islam and Christianity Review Day.” Today we take time to explore more deeply our lessons from the past couple of months. We hear some more stories from our Islam and Christianity units and continue to explore our favorite activities from these sessions.

Neighboring Faiths: First Service Sixth - Tenth Grade (Red Room)
“Fundamentalism.” Today we learn some basic tenets of a variety of fundamentalist faiths, explore their historical contexts, and view a video about the Westboro Baptist Church. We compare some of the messages of fundamentalist faiths to our Unitarian Universalist values of freedom, reason, and tolerance.

Coming of Age: Second Service Sixth - Eighth Grade (Red Room)
“No Fate but What We Make.” We complete our compass by examining our role in the web of life and the importance of working for social justice. We play a “Card Game of Fate” and explore how the choices we make affect our lives and the lives of others.

Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU): Second Service High School (Senior Youth Room)
“What does it mean to be a community of Transformation?” In today’s student-led session, we examine this month’s Soul Matters theme. We remind ourselves that transformation is an on-going process and not always a radical once-and-done shake-up of our lives. What are our lives inviting us to become? How can we say “yes” to growing into our truest selves? How does our community help us along the way?


April 30, 2017

Chalice Children: Pre-Kindergarten (Rainbow Room)
“May Day.” Our church is a place to celebrate spring. We associate the giving of flowers with love and friendship. Today we hear the story of “Flower Mother,” make tissue paper flowers, and skip to music.

Welcome Home: Five Kindergarten - Second Grade (Purple Room)
“Community Home.” Communities are places where people gather together for a purpose. We create co-community in our faith home by doing things together and sharing our gifts with each other. Today we hear the story of “Hare’s Gifts” and explore group sound and motion.

Stories of World Religions: Third - Fifth Grade (Orange Room)
“Confucianism.” Unitarian Universalists believe that we can all be kind and considerate in our relationships with others. We begin our unit on Chinese religions by learning that “luck” and “good fortune” begin with our own actions. Today we make red good-luck envelopes and red paper flowers, and celebrate with a new year feast!

Neighboring Faiths: First Service Sixth - Tenth Grade (Red Room)
“Religious Society of Friends (Quaker).” In preparation for our visit to the Milwaukee Friends Meeting, today we learn about this liberal religious faith community that has had a great influence on Unitarian Universalism through their commitment to peace, equality, justice, and humanitarian work. We hear about George Fox, explore the Underground Railroad, and respond with an art activity.

Coming of Age: Second Service Sixth - Eighth Grade (Red Room)
“Writing Faith Statements.” Today we review what we’ve accomplished so far this year in our Coming of Age program. We think about the Big Questions we’ve encountered during our journey from childhood to adolescence and begin writing our faith statements to present during our Coming of Age service.

Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU): Second Service High School (Senior Youth Room)
“The Future of Unitarian Universalism: The Heresies of Challenging Assumptions and the Questing Mind.” Today we finish exploring UU heritage and identity in preparation for our trip to Boston. We imagine what life would have been like for teenagers in the time of Michael Servetus (early 1500s), then imagine the world in the year 2500. What are the issues that have evolved? What roles might we play in our own lifetimes to help advance the causes of freedom, justice, and world community?


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