It is by gathering on Sundays that we are transformed from individual seekers to a community filled with the spirit of life. It is in gathering as a Unitarian Universalist religious community that we learn to love ourselves, love each other, and do good work throughout the world. Our Religious Exploration program is designed to enable children and youth to participate in the mystery of the universe by freely questioning, developing spiritually, acting ethically, and growing in relationship with Unitarian Universalism. Our program focuses on the theological, spiritual, and ethical development of children and youth at all stages in their lives. We seek to be a strong supportive guide in the religious life of the entire family. The Tapestry of Faith curriculum developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association is an engaging and holistic program that is deeply rooted in our faith, theology and social justice work. Children, youth and adults are challenged and guided to grow their souls and create peace in themselves and the world.
What We Are Exploring in Elementary School This Year
This program helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. The program speaks of home as a place of belonging and explores the roles each of us play in the homes where we live. The program introduces the concept of a “faith home”—your congregation—which shares some characteristics with a family home.
Provides participants with an ethics- and faith-based framework for thinking about what it means to be just and good, introducing and reinforcing concepts such as interdependence, conscience, faith, compassion, awe, non-violence, responsibility, perseverance, cooperation, and ecological balance.
What tools does Unitarian Universalism offer for the challenges of life? This program invites participants to reflect on qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith.
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October Class Schedule by Week
Unless otherwise noted, children and youth begin in the sanctuary each week at 10 a.m. and are dismissed to their classes after the story. Classes meet until 11:15 a.m.
All children and youth will attend the multi-generational service celebrating Dwaili (read more)
- K-1 Creating Home ON THE THRESHOLD (part 2) The children will create name stones and place them on the labyrinth at will be part of our class for the year. They will learn how to walk the labyrinth.
- 2-3 Moral Tales CONSCIENCE: HEARING THE INNER VOICE (part 1) In this session, children are introduced to their own conscience as an inner voice that can guide them to make choices that effect goodness and justice. The children will learn that listening to their inner voice is one way to move toward goodness and justice.
- 4-5 Toolbox of Faith QUESTIONING (part 1) The Youth will discuss questioning and looking deeper. This session focuses on the value of questioning assumptions and wondering, “Why?” They will explore the word with the next tool, magnifying glasses.
- K-1 Creating Home SYMBOLS OF FAITH The class will the chalice in detail including the sacred circles that surround the chalice. They will work to design their own symbol to represent their own faith
- 2-3 Moral Tales CONSCIENCE: HEARING THE INNER VOICE (part 2) This week we will continue our discussion of our conscience as an inner voice that can guide us to make choices that effect goodness and justice. We will learn about and begin the Gems of Goodness project.
- 4-5 Toolbox of Faith QUESTIONING (part 2) The Youth will continue their exploration of scientific discovery, will design their own constellations, and will engage in research about common assumptions of truth and meaning.
- K-1 Creating Home BEEHIVES (part 1) The class will discuss what bee homes look like in comparison to people homes and the different things bees do at home. There will be a craft project.
- 2-3 Moral Tales FATIH, HOPE, AND PRAYER This session introduces faith, hope and prayer as tools that can help us discern the path of goodness and justice. Participants will learn about prayer as a spiritual practice that is shared by people of all major world religions.
- 4-5 Toolbox of Faith INTEGRITY (part 1) The class will discuss truth, falsehood, and how that relates to integrity. They will learn about their new tool the compass and how the voice inside them provides moral guidance.
All children and youth will attend the multi-generational service celebrating Samhain and our loved ones who have passed on this year. (read more)