Classes

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Religious Education Curricula

CUUC Lifespan Religious Education fosters a diverse community of all ages where people are accepted and loved for who they are. Our community supports an open exploration of beliefs, guided by Unitarian Universalist principles. We inspire spiritual growth and strive to make a difference in the world. The curricula used in our Religious Education Ministry are chosen to best facilitate the child’s natural progression into awareness of self, others, and the world of which we are all a part.

Our 2019–2020 Religious Exploration theme is Celebrating Many Beliefs. We broadly celebrate our many religious traditions, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, and abilities. This is especially important as we live in a time when intolerance and hate are boldly visible. We respond by practicing interacting through our differences with compassion and kindness, our hearts and minds open to new understanding and warmhearted ways of being. We respond by celebrating the richness each contributes and honoring our unique lived experiences. We respond by working for justice. Beyond being welcoming, we respond by building beloved community with all in mind. Over the coming year, we will continue building safe space for those who experience the effects of hate and those who need refuge from a chaotic world, and brave space as many continue learning and stretching into the work of justice making. The RE team looks forward to partnering with the Social Justice teams and others for this work.  

Part of how we will build beloved community during the 2019–2020 congregation year includes:

CHILDREN

Nursery: Our youngest children are cared for in a loving, safe environment. Stories and activities reinforce belonging in community and cultivate their sense of awe and wonder.

Children’s Worship: Approximately one Sunday each month, our Director of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development leads a worship service in the Fellowship Hall that is designed for children. We introduce topics of upcoming whole congregation worship services, learn about the Six Sources of our UU faith, and practice favorite UU hymns. It is an opportunity for children to become more familiar with the elements of worship so they can participate with deeper understanding.

Kindergarten–1st grade: Our Whole Lives Lifespan Comprehensive Sexuality Education Series is a program that promotes sexual and relationship health. Trained facilitators provide accurate and developmentally appropriate information, promote self-esteem, foster interpersonal skills, teach responsibility for personal health and safety, and encourage communication between children and parents. Classes are held December through February.

Pre-K–1st grade: A World of New Friends is designed to pique a child’s curiosity by using stories, art, drama and song to introduce our youngest children to the many truths and many faiths that richly color our earth and enrich our lives. Lessons include imaginary classroom members to introduce world religions and many beliefs.

2nd–3rd grade: Passport to Spirituality explores the spiritual practices of world religions. This curriculum teaches children not just about world religions, but how world religions can enable them to gain wisdom and develop their own spirituality. Participants in this class will “travel the world.” At each country the children visit, they will receive a passport sticker, learn about a religion, engage in a spiritual practice, and pick up a souvenir to take home.

4th–5th grade: Bibleodeon is an introduction to Hebrew and Christian stories. This Unitarian Universalist approach to Bible study is exploratory, not dogmatic. Participants explore the meaning of biblical stories in the context of UU Principles and values. Through fun activities, they gain an understanding and appreciation of some of civilization’s foundational books.

YOUTH

6th–7th grade: Neighboring Faiths and Building Bridges provide youth with the experience of exploring diverse religions and spiritual practices. The program engages them by experiencing the practices of religious groups through visits to houses of worship and sacred sites. Youth build an appreciation for the diversity of followers within every faith, as they continue on the path of their own faith development.

8th–9th grade: Coming of Age - In this rite of passage, participants explore theology, spirituality, and religious history. Youth are paired with mentors who support them as they explore their beliefs and reflect on their spiritual journey at this point in their lives. The year culminates with the Coming of Age ceremony that includes their unique faith statements.

10th–12th grade: Youth Group is a flexible but structured program for our youth. The group determines the content of sessions, engaging in activities at CUUC as well as in the community. Youth Group leads a worship service and hosts a Pancake Brunch. They also connect with youth from other UU congregations.

Community Collaboration & Youth Ministry Outreach: On Sun Nov 3, 2019, we are partnering with Center Lane and hosting a Healthy Youth Relationships Retreat with groups for 6th–8th graders, 9th–12th graders, and parents and other supportive adults. Click HERE for the flyer and registration link. Adults can attend even if they do not have a youth attending. In addition, this congregation has been a tremendous supporter of the PrideWorks Conference for LGBTQ+ Youth and Allies. Stay tuned for the March 2020 conference date.

Interfaith Collaboration: We are building community with nearby houses of worship and look forward to offering interfaith youth and family events during the coming year. Watch the weekly e-newsletter for opportunities.

ADULTS

Adult programs include classes and activities to continue lifelong learning and enrichment. Journey Groups offer the opportunity to develop deep relationships. Faith Development Friday evenings include both an Adult RE discussion group and a Family Journey Group where children and parents can explore topics together and separately. Social Justice Teams offer an opportunity to engage in service to transform ourselves and our world.

All adults can support the spiritual journey of our children and youth by volunteering as a class assistant once or twice during the year. No preparation required! Just come connect with our young people. We will also find a safe way to share information so you can show up in their lives and support them as they perform in recitals, school musicals and plays, sports, and other events. Their schedules are busy and attending Sunday mornings is not always possible so we will use this and other ways to connect with our young people.