Religious Education for Children and Youth
Welcome! Whether you are new to Unitarian Universalism and are searching for a religious home for your family or are a member of this congregation, we are pleased you are visiting our website to learn more about our Religious Education Program for Children and Youth. See also our Adult Education Program which offers a wide variety of classes for personal and spiritual growth.
OUUC Philosophy of Religious Education
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that the central religious act is to freely choose what to think and believe, and that this is best done in a loving community. The Religious Education Program is designed to give children and youth the tools and education they need to make their choices, make spiritual connections, build a community, and enrich our world. We seek to create a safe and loving community that appreciates diversity and is a place to have deep conversations in a culture of open hearts and minds.
The Goals of our Religious Education Program
Our program is organized around three goals:
- Have an understanding of what it is to be a Unitarian Universalist, with the values expressed in the 7 Principles, UU History, and our UU community
- Acquire Religious Literacy about the world’s religions
- Develop the knowledge, skills, and awareness needed to live in a loving community and to act on one’s values in the larger world
Visitors, Registration, and Fees
We welcome newcomers throughout the year, and your family can visit any class, with a very few exceptions. Our Director of Religious Education (DRE), Sara Lewis, can give you a short tour of the classrooms and show you where your child would go for class. For younger children, parents may accompany their child to class if they wish. If you plan on visiting more than three times throughout the year, we ask that you complete a registration form, which is available from the DRE, or you can print one from the Registration Form link in the right panel on this page. Completing this form will get you signed up for communications and announcements from the RE program. OUUC feels strongly that providing religious education classes for all ages is part of our larger mission and ministry, and consequently there is no fee for participation. Some families choose to make a donation to the RE program, which can be dropped off at the church office with “RE” on the memo line.
Age-Groupings and Schedule of Classes
- Nursery –Care for infants through 4-year olds is available for all worship services
- Children’s Activities for all ages will be supervised by our DRE at the 9:15 worship service
- At the 11:00 service there are classes for Pre-K, 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th-6th grade, 7th-8th grade, and High School.
Fall 2013 Curricula
- Preschool-Kindergarten will have the Spirit Play program, a Montessori-style class featuring experiential learning through short lessons and stories and independent choice time.
- 1st-2nd grade will be learning about Unitarian Universalism and our 7 Principles through the stories of Dr. Seuss. Yes, there is a Dr. Seuss story for each of our Principles!
- 3rd-4th grades will be exploring Unitarian Universalism with a program called Toolbox of Faith, utilizing real tools as metaphors for the spiritual, ethical, and community-life tools we all need.
- 5th-6th grades will be delving into questions of ethics and faith and Unitarian Universalism in the program “Amazing Grace”.
- 7th-8th grades will be exploring the concept of Justice and how to be a Justice Maker with the program “The Call of Justice”.
- 9th-12th grades will be choosing their own activities as they go, with the goal of one social event a month, one service project a month, and one spirituality or faith topic a month.
You can contact our Director of Religious Education, Sara Lewis, at 360-786-6383 or by email.