Our Religious Education Program
Our Purpose and Goals
As the Unitarian Universalist Association says, “the search for truth and meaning is a lifelong search. We are never too young or too old to be learning.” Our Religious Education (RE) Program promotes the spiritual growth of children, youth and adults, and nurtures the religious life of church members, their families, and the community. Religious education for the heart and the mind is part of all we do at this church.
Our Mission Statement
The purpose of the Religious Education Program is to uphold the principles of the church. We strive to be a church where people of diverse beliefs can worship in a spirit of reason, tolerance, freedom, loving fellowship, and a commitment to social justice.
Unitarian Universalist religious education programs rotate between four themes or “pillars:”
- World Religions
- U. U. Principles
- Judeo-Christian Heritage
- Social Action.
A Program for All Ages
Our program is designed with the understanding that learning is a life-long experience. The religious education program includes monthly intergenerational services where the children have a role in the service, such as for holidays and the “Church Buddies” celebration in February. Learn more about our programs for all ages:
Responsibility for development of the church Religious Education program is shared with the RE Committee of volunteers, the Clerical Assistant for Religious Educaiton, and the minister. Religious Education curricula are selected each year from the four “pillars” of RE: world religions, our Judeo-Christian heritage, Unitarian Universalism, and Social Justice. Kids learn valuable “moral lessons” that can help them navigate their complex lives while growing in a caring, nurturing environment. Volunteers teach “Sunday School” classes on a rotating basis; the RE Coordinator recruits and monitors volunteers, purchases supplies, and provides administrative support; and the minister traditionally has led adult education classes and advised the RE Committee on curriculum and special events.
For your child’s safety, please make sure to fill out a registration form for your child before his or her first RE session. Please let us know if your child has any special needs. If you have further questions or would like to participate in these programs, contact us.
Religious Education Committee
Nancy Smith, Committee Chair
Vicki Haynes, Religious Education Clerical Assistant
Rev. Jenn Gracen, Minister