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First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany

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 2014

Nursery: Child Care provided by paid staff.

Toddlers: Age appropriate activities and free play.

Pre-School (The Red Group) – UU Play
A story based program based on UU themes, with reflection time and coaching on cooperative play.
Kindergarten/First Grade (The Orange Group) – Wonderful Welcome

        In this program, children identify intangible gifts central to Unitarian Universalism such as         friendship, hospitality and fairness, and share these gifts with others.

Second Grade (The Yellow Group) - Signs of Our Faith–Being UU Everyday

This Tapestry of Faith curriculum guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day.  It provides fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalists love, uncluding the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journies and public witness.
Third Grade (The Green Group) - Moral Tales
Moral Tales provides children with spiritual and ethical tools to make choices and take actions that reflect their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.
Fourth and Fifth Grade (The Blue Group) – Love Connects Us
Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another’s search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.
Sixth Grade (The Indigo Group) – Neighboring Faiths
This group will first create among themselves a religious community and then learn about and visit other places of worship.
Seventh and Eighth Grade -Our Whole Lives (OWL)
This year-long program is a positive, comprehensive and age-appropriate education program that promotes sexual well-being. Facilitators are specially trained. Children and families have an orientation at the beginning of the year.
The Senior High Group
The Senior High group have some long standing traditions–organizing a service project, designing and presenting a Sunday morning worship service as well as informal discussions.  In March, they will be hosting a social con (3-day conference for learning, socializing, group building and worship for UU youth in our District and Eastern Canada.)

Religious Education – Youth Links