Religious Education: Ongoing, for Everyone
Unitarian Universalists 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.
We offer programs of religious growth and learning for young people most Sundays at 11:00 AM (September through June).
Children's Religious Education
"We are Unitarian Universalists:
a people of the open mind, the loving heart, and the helping hands."
Words like these are commonly recited when a chalice is lit, at the start of a children's religious education session. First Unitarian Church offers religious education programming for children on Sunday mornings (September through early June), concurrent with Worship Services. And there is a Nursery for babies and toddlers.
Our age-appropriate programs seek to nurture truth-seeking, spirituality, and progressive moral values that will continue to shape and support our children as they grow. Through these religious education programs and the inclusion of children in worship, social justice work, and multigenerational gatherings, our communities reinforce what parents teach at home.
Classes begin September 20, 2015
This year our Program will include these curricula from the Unitarian Universalist Association:
For the younger grades (Kindergarten - 3rd grade):
Moral Tales by the Reverend Alice Anacheka-Nasemann and Elisa Davy Pearmain
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 younger children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values. Each session has a central story in which participants meet real and fictional heroes and heroines who have displayed moral courage and spiritual greatness. They will hear about characters who have struggled, but who have chosen justice, goodness, and love. All sessions include hands-on activities to make learning accessible to children with various learning styles as well as structured exercises for questioning, reflecting and self-expression.
For older youth (4th grade and up):
Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong by Richard Kimball
Amazing Grace intends to help older children understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding. Its purpose is to equip them for moving safely and productively through the middle- and high school years, when they will be continually tugged toward both ends of the ethics continuum. Through their involvement in Amazing Grace, youth will come to recognize and depend on their Unitarian Universalist identity and resources as essential to their movement toward understanding, independence, and fulfillment of personal promise.
Coming of Age helps youth discern for themselves what it is they believe and what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist, individually and as part of the larger faith community. It involves individual activities, family participation, and working with a mentor. The program offers young people the opportunity to clarify his or her personal religious beliefs; develop knowledge and appreciation of the wide diversity of belief within our Unitarian Universalist tradition; engage in independent thinking, assuming responsibility, decision making in the exploration of values; put faith into action in his or her own life and community; and be recognized and celebrated for their accomplishment!