Curriculum

Religious Education Curriculum for Children & Youth

Fall/Spring 2019-2020 Class Descriptions (For a Printable .pdf click here)

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

Age-appropriate baby and toddler care is available every Sunday. 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 and is a wonderful way for young children to get used to being in class on Sunday mornings and helps to prepare them for more formal Religious Education classes which begin in Kindergarten.

Kindergarten & First Grade

Love Surrounds Us

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.

Second through Fifth Grade

ChUUse Your Own Adventure: Workshop Rotation

Throughout the year, eight stories will become our foundation, allowing the stories to inspire us each month as we create activities for children to choose from. Each Sunday during class, children will choose which workshop they want to attend, with the freedom to choose the same workshop each week or a different one. The three core workshops will be “art” (visual-arts based), “movement” (focused on moving our bodies, through acting, yoga, and other physical activity), and “lab” (focused on working with our hands by building and experimenting).

Sixth Grade

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 Timeline 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.

Seventh and Eighth Grades

Our Whole Lives

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 United 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.

High School Youth Group (Grades 9, 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. This group is primarily youth-led with the support of trusted adult advisors. The Youth Group plans and leads one worship service for the congregation each year. In addition, the Youth Group chooses a service learning journey each year. In previous years, they have traveled to Romania and West Virginia. 

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