Religious Education for Children and Youth
We believe that faith is a journey we take together.
Religious education takes a lifetime. It happens both within and beyond a congregation’s walls. We support one another as individuals, families, and communities in an ongoing search for truth and meaning. We strive to guide one another—all ages among us—in religious questioning, personal change, and discovering ways to better live in faith.-UUA.org
Families are welcome to visit the RE program three times before registering their children/youth for the program.
Please fill out this FORM for all of your children/youth only once, and give it to the classroom volunteer or a Religious Education Committee Member.
Where do you and your children fit in?
Infant/Toddler & Preschool (ages 3-5): Our paid sitters are excellent caregivers and love playing with children. We play, hear stories, sing songs and make marvelous crafty things with our skilled and caring teachers. We explore emotions and feelings, being good friends, finding creative solutions to problems and the diversity of the world through an age-appropriate curriculum with experienced teachers.
In our Kindergarten– 6th grade program we are following the “Labyrinth Learning” curriculum model. Each Sunday, we light a chalice together with our own chalice lighting verse, have our own children’s offering collection, hear a story and have a conversation centered on such topics as the Seven Principles, our Unitarian Universalist values, social justice, caring for the environment, each person’s uniqueness, and so on. We share our joys and sorrows and build community together. Every lesson includes activity options to meet different personalities and learning styles. Activity stations are each led by adult volunteers from the congregation. These include “Move & Make Noise,” which might be songs, games, or other options where it’s okay to be noisy and move around, “Ideas,” which might be journaling, discussion, or otherwise expanding on the theme for the day, “Read About It,” with lots of books on the day’s theme for silent reading (or being read to), and “Make Something,” a theme-related craft or art project.
“Every day our children go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. Moral Tales attempts to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.”-excerpt from UUA intro to Moral Tales Curriculum
Junior High: Our 7th-8th graders spent much of this year in an intensive human values, relationship & sexuality education course, Our Whole Lives. They are now following a curriculum called Principled Music, in which they watch music videos and listen to songs grouped around themes such as social change, racism, civil rights, income inequality, bullying, gender stereotyping, homophobia & war. Active discussions are spurred by their engagement with the music and a new consciousness of the lyrics & intent. Youth are encouraged to bring in their own music and to share how it is meaningful for them.
Youth group: Our 9th-12th grade youth group is supported by experienced adults who know how to empower youth while providing gentle guidance and positive role modeling. Youth participate in great discussions and group games, while together creating a warm and welcoming environment where each youth can feel confident to be themselves. Two times per year, the district puts on weekend youth conferences for 9th-12th grade and many in the group attend. These conferences are held with Unitarian Universalist youth from Washington, Oregon, Canada, Alaska, and Idaho and include rich community building, fantastic presenters, youth-led workshops and meaningful worships.