Religious Education Curriculum for Children & Youth

Fall/Spring 2018-2019 Curricula

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Nursery (0-22 months) and Toddlers (1.5 – 3 years)

Age-appropriate baby and toddler care is available every Sunday. Diapers must be provided. We provide an active, fun, and creative space for toddlers. The children have opportunities for structured learning through stories and songs, as well as plenty of time for free-play. 

Pre-Kindergarten (ages 3 and 4)

Children experience the principles and values of Unitarian Universalism through imagination and creativity. This class includes stories, crafts, and music.

Grades K and 1

Love Surrounds Us (Fall & Spring) / Our Whole Lives / (Winter)

Love Surrounds Us: At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. This program explores all the Principles in the context of beloved community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a positive, comprehensive, and age-appropriate educational program that promotes sexual health and is informed by the guidelines of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the Unites States (SIECUS). The curriculum is based on four primary goals: to provide accurate, developmentally appropriate information; to increase self-esteem and understand relationships with and responsibilities toward others; to develop interpersonal skills including communication, decision making, and problem solving; and to teach responsibility for personal health and safety. A parent/caregiver orientation is required for children to participate. 

Grades 2 and 3

Love Will Guide Us

In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.

Grades 4 and 5 

Our Whole Lives (Fall) / Love Connects Us (Winter & Spring)

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a curriculum designed to help fourth and fifth grade children gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways. It supports the “three Rs” of childhood sexuality education: Respect, Relationships, and Responsibility. Parents/caregivers must attend a preliminary orientation.

Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another’s search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.

Grades 6 and 7

Building Bridges: A World Religions Program

Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.

The program is organized roughly chronologically, capturing the strong parallel between societal change and religious evolution over human history. The Religions Time Line helps illustrate the emergence of religions in clusters at different points in history. However, this is not a history course. It is a series of workshops that attempts to lovingly and reverently examine some of the closest kept treasures of the human heart. This exploration nurtures participants’ positive outlook toward other faiths and the people who follow them.

Grades 8 and 9

Coming of Age

This program invites youth to reflect upon what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and provides a safe environment for questioning. Through activities, relationship building, and involvement in the broader community, youth embark on a journey of spiritual self-awareness. The goal of the Coming of Age program is to help youth better understand our faith, their own beliefs and values, and how these intersect. It gives them the chance to understand what it means to belong to a congregation so that they may become informed members. Coming of Age participants will recognize that as they grow and change, there is still a place for them in their faith home: a new place, full of fresh opportunities and responsibilities. This program includes two weekend retreats and culminates in sharing their credos with the entire congregation during a worship service.

High School Youth Group (Grades 10, 11, and 12)

The High School Youth meet each week to discuss questions of faith, community, belonging, and identity, and to plan and carry out service activities. In addition, the Youth Group plans and leads one worship service for the congregation each year. 

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