The religious education of children is a top priority for Unitarian Universalists, and each Sunday we offer our children a variety of ways to learn and engage as a community. Each week we seek ways to instill and encourage a sense of wonder, a capacity for kindness, and a grounding for loving self and others. A goal of our program is to give each young person a firm foundation – rooted in our Unitarian Universalist principles, and from which they can stretch and grow, question and explore their faith in a fun, interactive and open space.
Our Sunday morning programming is made possible by the hard work, dedication and love of our volunteer teaching teams, with oversight by the Religious Education Coordinator. Because we believe that children and youth are important members of our faith community, our teaching teams are dedicated to cultivating environments of open minds, loving hearts and helping hands.
Religious Education for our children and youth is offered at both the 9:00 am and 11:00 am services. Children start at the service with the congregation and are invited to participate in the “Time for All Ages” portion of the service, then led by their teachers out to their programs.
In a typical month, our education plan for children generally follows a pattern of Children Chapel and Spiritual practices on the first Sunday of the month, with the second and third Sundays dedicated to curricular studies, and the fourth Sunday to putting our Faith in Action.
- 1st Sunday – Children’s Chapel & Spiritual Practices Sunday
- 2nd Sunday – Curricular Sunday
- 3rd Sunday – Curricular Sunday
- 4th Sunday – Faith-In-Action Sunday
- 5th Sunday – Curricular Day
Religious Education class times: 9:00-10:15am and 11:00-12:15pm
Dismissal Time: After RE classes, parents and caregivers of children younger than 3rd grade are asked to meet children immediately at the conclusion of class. Children and youth in 3rd grade and beyond are dismissed on their own.
Sexuality Education (OWL)
Our Whole Lives (OWL) helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, OWL provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. The OWL program is offered periodically for different age groups, and is open to the community beyond UUCLB, as well.