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’s Happening This Summer
Children may opt to attend the “We Believe” class in room 202, attend worship service, play board games in room 208 or join our Youth Group advisor Amanda in “Digging Deep – garden ministry” outdoors in the sun. They are required to stay in the group they chose for the entire Sunday but may switch groups from week to week. There is no fee for summer RE but each family is asked to volunteer once during the summer for each child/youth participating.
June 18 – We Believe: Inherent Worth: What Does it Mean? The class will discuss our first principle “We believe that each and every person is important.” listen to a story and play a couple of games.
June 25 – We Believe: Caring for All. The class will talk about our second principle “We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.” listen to a story and play a game.
July 2 (no RE, Holiday Weekend)
July 9 – We Believe: Weaving Our Lives Together. The class will discuss the third principle “We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.” There will be a story and a craft activity.
July 16 – We Believe: Asking Questions. This week the class will talk about the fourth principle “We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.” There will be a story, a game, and a song.
July 23 (No RE)
July 30 – We Believe: Global Village. This week we will cover the fifth principle “We believe that all person should have a vote about the things that concern them.” We will create countries, flags, and vote for the leaders of our village.
August 6 – We Believe: In Harmony. The topic this week is the sixty principle “We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world. There will be a story, a craft, and a game.
August 13 (No RE)
August 20 – We Believe: Who Owns the Earth? The class will discuss the seventh principle “We believe in caring for our planet earth, the home we share with all living things.” There will be a game, crafts, and a participatory play.
August 27 – We Believe: Time for Celebration. The class will celebrate their successes this summer and select their favorite games and activities to re-visit.
Summer volunteers are needed sign up here.
What We Will Be Exploring in Elementary School This Fall
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.