Online Worship Service – 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Unitarian Universalist Church West offers religious education programs throughout the year. In 2020-2021 those that meet on Sundays will take place online before or after regular Worship, depending on the grade levels involved.
You do not need to be members of the church to register, but all who frequently use the religious education program are expected to make a financial contribution to UUCW and to volunteer in some capacity in the program. Please check with the Religious Education Coordinator to determine the most appropriate group placement for your child. Register online here.
We use email communications to share information about coming events, special projects, class newsletters, and volunteer scheduling. Please check your email regularly. Please see our website regularly for more detailed, up-to-date information including weekly lesson plan descriptions, sermons online, newsletter articles, and upcoming events.
UUCW uses an educational model inspired by the Montessori learning method. This non-instructional, child-centered model encourages children to wonder, question, and work out their answers creatively in a comfortable environment that supports multiple learning styles.
Multi-Age Rotation Model
Multi-age groupings are a creative aspect of the Montessori method that encourages dynamic interaction between children, creates bonded community, and nurtures multiple learning styles and interest-levels. Curriculum rotations allow for focus in four major areas throughout the years:
- Unitarian Universalist identity and values
- UU Sources including world religions and Judeo-Christian heritage
- Social justice as faithful action
- Creating communities of love and service
Volunteer Contribution and Donations
Ours is a cooperative program. There is no fee for religious education at UUCW because in addition to their envelope or pledge donations, each family volunteers in some aspect of the program.
Religious Education Teaching
Session leaders work in pairs with a regular partner to co-facilitate lessons. Teachers are encouraged to choose their own partners, and pick together their teaching dates. The two teachers work together to prepare the space, create a community of children, present the lesson or story, guide discussion and “wondering” questions, assist with art response projects and group activities, and bring the time to a close. Our program is dependent on dedicated volunteers who want to contribute to the future of our children, our church, and the principles of Unitarian Universalism. Session plans, supplies, and administrative support are provided. You will deepen your faith as you guide the children.