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First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany


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 Spring – 2015

Nursery: Child Care provided by paid staff.

Toddlers: Friendship Finders – 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) – World of Wonder
This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery.

Second Grade (The Yellow 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

Third Grade (The Green Group) – Faithful Journeys
Using historic and contemporary stories of Unitarian Universalist faith in action, this program quips children with language and experiences to develop and articulate a strong Unitarian Universalist faith identity.

Fourth and Fifth Grade (The Blue Group) – Our Whole Lives
The Our Whole Lives Program, (OWL) is a positive, comprehensive and age-appropriate education program that promotes sexual well-being. The fourth and fifth grade level OWL focuses primarily on the changes puberty brings. Parents are given materials to discuss puberty, reproduction and healthy relationships with their children at home.

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 for middle school students.

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