Children & Youth Overview
You will notice that we are introducing a new theme for this 2020-21 year in Religious Education, being BRAVE! As we enter into a new year of being virtual, social distancing, and remote learning, I commend all our children, youth, and families for their bravery in the face of uncertainty, newness, and change. Bravery is facing each new challenge this year can present as best as you can and knowing that we are all here behind you every step of the way.
Each week our children and youth from Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to join us for a Group Worship Circle where we will discuss, identify, and celebrate the bravery we have shown or seen that week. Our children and youth are then invited to join their individual classes to explore a lesson more in depth. (See the calendar for any Intergenerational Sundays that our RE Program would attend instead of individual classes).
These classes are here to support our children and youth on their spiritual journeys – developing their knowledge of both Unitarian Universalism as well as major world religions, instill in them a sense of morality, encourage them to act in furthering social justice for all, and foster a community of positive, fun relationships with their peers.
While we are working to build such a level of learning and personal growth, this year I remind us all that progress is not just marked by what we learn, but how we learn. Our social and emotional well-being in the face of these transitions is far more important than any single lesson we will learn this year. That is why we are working hard to create new avenues for communication, teach media balance, and encourage self care/compassion for all our children, youth, and families.
For more information on what we are doing in regard to COVID-19, please see the tab: RE Sunday Schedule.
In a welcoming, accepting, and fun environment, children from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade are invited:
- to explore what it means to be Unitarian Universalist
- to learn about our Judeo-Christian roots
- to gain first-hand knowledge of other faiths
- to engage in worship and activities with members of all ages
- to make a difference in the local community and the world through hands-on social action projects
Younger children also enjoy:
- skits and crafts
- occasional “Group RE” days, with special activities in a one-room-schoolhouse environment
Overall, we are guided by the seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, which describe how we covenant to live with each other and in the world.
Young people have always been an important, cherished part of our congregation and we have provided religious education classes since our founding in 1954.