Religious Education

Lifespan Religious Education Overview
Our programs provide a nurturing environment where participants can explore and develop their own personal UU identity and where they can learn more about Unitarian Universalism, its Principles and
Sources, values and history. All of our programs contain the following four elements of religious education: community building, spiritual practices, religious exploration, and community service &
action.

2018-19 theme: UUnique Journeys
Each component of this year’s program will focus on developing personal and community religious journeys as Unitarian Universalists: who am I? who are we? How do we connect as Unitarian Universalists to each other within our congregation, community, and the world? Children and adults will explore how they and their Unitarian Universalist community answer the questions of how to live and grow together.

We will be focused on two types of curricula:

#1 Our UU Community: those with a focus on the formation of a loving, supportive community
(Community Building & Vision)

#2 Our Personal Identities & Values: those with a focus on our personal journeys – seeking or making
meaning (Credo Formation)

Program Components:
Nursery – up to age 4
Children’s Circles:
Age 4 – 2nd Grades
3rd – 5th Grades
Secondary Class: 6th – 9th Grade
Coming of Age (Minimum 4 to run)
Adult Credo Formation Class

Curriculum Summaries
Tapestry of Faith Curricula: https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/

Children’s Circle (Age 4 to 2nd Grade)
Tapestry of Faith: Wonderful Welcome (Journey Focus – 16 sessions)
In this program, children identify intangible gifts central to Unitarian Universalism such as friendship,hospitality and fairness, and share these gifts with others.
Tapestry of Faith: Love Surrounds Us (Love Focus – 16 sessions)
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.

Children’s Circle (3rd to 5th Grade)
Tapestry of Faith: Faithful Journeys (Journey Focus – 16 sessions)
Equips children with language and experiences to develop and articulate a strong Unitarian Universalist faith identity. Through historic and contemporary stories of Unitarian Universalist faith in action, participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action.
Tapestry of Faith: Love Connects Us (Love – 16 sessions)
Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another's search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.

Secondary Class (6th – 9th)
“Lodestones”
This curriculum focuses on Unitarian Universalism, Diversity, Values, Life & Death From the curriculum:
“Lodestone will provide fun and as well as deep teachable moments. There are Teachable Moments and Focusing Questions which provide time for reflection and learning. Lodestone provides a peer group so that as middle schoolers separate from the family in their teen years, they will have a place of values, friendship, open-mindedness and spiritual exploration to call their own.”

Tapestry of Faith: Windows and Mirrors (Diversity in experience & belief – 16 sessions / 4th-5th Grades)
The metaphor of windows and mirrors represents the dynamic relationship among our awareness of self, our perceptions of others, and others’ perceptions of us.