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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November 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.
- K-1 Creating Home BEEHIVE (part 2) – the class will continue their exploration of bees and beehives with a story about the different jobs that bees have. They will take a hike through the woods on the grounds, please have children dress for the weather.
- 2-3 Moral Tales ANOTHER’S SHOES (part 1) – this two-part session focuses on empathy – a tool for treating others with caring, compassion and respect, and form making moral decisions about how to act in the world.
- 4-5 Toolbox of Faith INTEGRITY (part 2) – in this second session that focuses on the compass tool the class will get to explore the science of magnetism. Time permitting, they will also get to begin learning the song for the holiday pageant.
- K-1 Creating Home ANIMAL HOMES (part 1) – this week the children begin looking at the diversity of animals and their homes in our world. They will use items to build their own temporary homes in the classroom.
- 2-3 Moral Tales ANOTHER’S SHOES (part 2) – in the second part of the empathy session the class will play a number of games together and share how their feelings change depending on the roles that they play.
- 4-5 Toolbox of Faith FLEXIBILITY – this session provides opportunities for youth to reflect on the value and qualities of a flexible faith. There will be some games and a craft project.
Multi-generational Service followed by Thanksgiving Church potluck. (Read More)
Holiday Pageant rehearsal for children and youth participating. For guests and non-participants there will be crafts and games in room 202 & 206.