Religious Education for Children and Youth
KNOW. FEEL. BE.
The religious education ministry of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation engages the minds, the hearts and the whole selves of our young people. When they graduate from our program, our young people will be equipped for their life-long journey of learning, integrating this knowledge, these feelings, and these experiences.
Our young people will know:
- Unitarian Universalist faith, history and heritage
- The value of sacred stories and leaders from other faith traditions
- That meaning comes from many sources
- Their own self worth, and manifest this in healthy relationships
- Their actions make a difference in this world
Our young people will feel:
- Committed to Unitarian Universalism
- Called to act out of love, not fear
- Valued and have ownership in their UU community
- Part of something larger than themselves
- Hope, beauty and inspiration in our worship
Our young people will be:
- Able to draw strength and comfort in times of grief from themselves and others.
- Accepting of their own and life's limitations
- Open and willing to engage with others in an ongoing quest for truth and meaning.
- Loving, caring and kind
- Engaged in developing their own ongoing spiritual practice
Our religious education classes for children and youth take place during the worship service. Those kindergarten and up begin in the worship service, then leave for their classes, so they maintain a connection with the larger community. Nursery care and preschool are also provided concurently with our worship service.
We also have regular scheduled worship for all ages and faith in action for all ages throughout the program year. More information is available here.
Visitors are welcome. After you attend 3 times, you are asked to register your children in our program. Registration forms and the covenant for children and youth can be accessed here. Specific information about class content can be accessed here.
VOLUNTEERING IN THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
Our program is almost entirely dependent upon the gifts of our volunteers. You, our members and friends, are encouraged to donate your time, talent and presence to our collective efforts. We appreciate volunteers in the classroom, as teachers, assistants and substitutes, on our Religious Education Committee, for special projects, and in sharing special interests.
Our religious education program is overseen by Rev. Emily Gage, MFD. Please contact her for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.