RELIGIOUS EDUCATION — YOUTH CURRICULA
Our Religious Education (RE) classes are grouped by grade level. The material selected for use with each group is geared for the children’s ages and interests. What is offered covers a broad spectrum, with the intention of honoring the values outlined in the Unitarian Universalist Principles. Included are personal development and self-esteem, world religions, Unitarian Universalism and Unitarian Universalists, decision-making, Jewish-Christian heritage, and values clarification. Our resources include materials published by the Unitarian Universalist Association, other UU societies/fellowships, religious education publishers outside our denomination, and materials and courses developed by our own volunteers.
In addition to regular Sunday morning classes, our program includes worship, special Sundays, holiday celebrations, and multigenerational activities.
Nursery care is provided from 9:30 – 11:50 A.M.
Please register your child(ren) before bringing them to Nursery or RE. You can download a Registration Form and bring it with you on a Sunday. Registration will take place before the 10:00 service throughout September. Newcomers may register their children at the RE office throughout the year. Visitors, if you are bringing a child to the nursery or to RE and the child is in the 2nd grade or younger, please go to the RE window in the lobby for a Visitor Information Sheet.
CURRICULA OFFERINGS Fall 2013 (September 15th through January 26th)
Nursery: Child Care provided by paid staff.
- Pre-School – UU Play
- A story based on UU themes, with reflection time and coaching on cooperative play.
- Kindergarten/First Grade – Creating Home
- This program speaks of home as a place of belonging and explores the roles of each of us in the homes where we live. The program introduces the concept of a “faith home”–our congregation–which shares some characteristics with a family home. Like a family home, a faith home offers its members certain joys, protections, and responsibilities.
- Second Grade - Wonderful Welcome
- This Tapestry of Faith curriculum helps children to identify intangible gifts central to Unitarian Universalism such as friendship, hospitality and fairness, and share these gifts with others.
- Third/Fourth Grade – Sing to the Power
- Sing to the Power affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting “powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” Participants experience their own power and understand how it can help them to be leaders.
- Fifth Grade – Windows and Mirrors
- The metaphor of windows and mirrors represents the dynamic relationship among our awareness of self, our perceptions of others, and others’ perceptions of us.
- Sixth/Seventh Grade – Neighboring Faiths
- This group will first create among themselves a religious community and then learn about and visit other places of worship.
- Eighth/Ninth Grade – Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice Maker
- This is a social justice curriculum. Workshops on empathy, courage, abundance, joy, and other qualities ask participants to recognize how these standards can be tools for justice. Additionally, the program includes more concrete tools, such as suggestions on how to be a good ally and tips on the language of conflict resolution.
- The Senior High Group – Life Journeys
- Formal and informal discussions, worship, social justice projects, connecting with adults at FUUSA, group building and youth leadership development. The group will host a District Social Conference in the Spring.
Religious Education – Youth Links