Welcome to our Religious Education Program!
Our Religious Education Program is designed to encourage our children to be religious seekers grounded within the Unitarian Universalist tradition, and contained within the framework of a loving and supportive church community.
Our hope is to guide children and youth toward a deep faith that will give them meaning and perspective, and will encourage them to embark on a life of service.
Parents are the true religious educators of their children, and as such, we encourage parents to actively use the resources here at church in the home. Talk about what you each learned in church on Sunday morning. Read sacred stories together. Say grace before meals. Pray and meditate with your children. Come to church as often as you can. Teach religious education whenever you feel it is your “turn” to do so! All church members are encouraged to teach in the program, especially if you are not the parent of a young child.
All of us in the church contribute to the process of religious education through the relationships we establish with our young people. When we walk through the door, we become part of the curricula at UUAC. Thank you for teaching through example what it means to be faithful church participants, and for your continued ministry to our youngest congregants!
Our Method of Delivery Worship
Children ages 3 and up begin with the whole church in the Sanctuary each week, and then join their classes for Religious Education programming.
We have multiple opportunities for all-church multigenerational worship in our sanctuary throughout the year.
The teachers at UUAC are volunteers from our church community. We believe that the teacher is as important as the material being used, and that their work is a ministry to our faith community. We try to assign prospective teachers to the age level and subject matter with which they feel most comfortable and with a teaching partner who can complement their skills. (See Why Teach?).
Our curricula have been selected from materials created by the Unitarian Universalist Association or by Unitarian Universalists who have published independently. Please see the details of our curriculum below, or contact our Assistant Minister of Youth and Families, Rev. Heather Concannon.
A loving church community cares well for its youngest parishioners. The Nursery is available for children who are younger than three. There is a nursery coordinator and a second youth or adult to lovingly care for this group. Nursery care is available on Sunday mornings from 10:15 to 11:45.
SPIRIT PLAY: PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN
(3-5 year olds)
This Montessori-based curriculum teaches children the stories of our faith tradition and stories from other faith traditions. We provide a thoughtful space and a choice of activities to encourage children’s emotional, spiritual, and intellectual growth.
LOVE SURROUNDS US: GRADE ONE
At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. This program explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.
LOVE WILL GUIDE US: GRADES TWO & THREE
An exploration of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions.
BIBLEODEON: GRADES FOUR & FIVE
Bibleodeon introduces biblical scriptures by presenting the best-known Hebrew and Christian stories with fun and interactive games, such as investigating the Cain and Abel crime scene and solving the “Mystery of the Day.” Participants also act in playlets, illustrate a timeline, give awards to outstanding biblical women, and more. They explore connections between biblical events and UU principles, between biblical ideas and their own lives.
NEIGHBORING FAITHS: GRADE SIX
In this world religions curriculum, students visit neighboring houses of worship to learn about being good interfaith neighbors. This curriculum explores the history and development of different faith traditions. Participants plan their own program by choosing which religious groups to learn about, visit and relate to their own growing faith. Includes historical resources and tips for hosting guests, visiting other faiths, creating worship experiences and more.
OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL): GRADES SEVEN & EIGHT
OWL is our comprehensive sexuality education curriculum with the core values of self worth, sexual health, responsibility, and justice and inclusivity, led by trained facilitators. 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 group meets weekly outside of the Sunday morning worship hour.