Religious Education

Programs for Adults and Children:

Adult Religious Education ProgramsHal's Garden, garden level of the Church

Unitarian Universalist Society: East offers a variety of opportunities for adults. From exploring Unitarian Universalist (UU) themes in literature to social justice issues to yoga, you can further your knowledge and meet new friends to share ideas and beliefs.

Religious Education Program for Children

It is only through our work together as parents and a religious community that we can teach our children our shared beliefs and values. It is only through our work together as parents and a religious community that we can teach our children our shared beliefs and values.

It’s time to register for the 2019-2020 Religious Education Program

Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 Religious Education program, serving children and youth from birth – age 18. This year’s curriculum focus is World Religions. Online registration is simple and takes just a few minutes. Please register ASAP, as it helps us to prepare and plan accordingly when we know how many children to expect in each class.  Click here to register.


Coming up soon . . .

Friday, 12/20 

  • Club UU: Got some last minute shopping to do? Drop the kids off at Club UU this Friday from 6 – 8 PM for games, crafts, and fun with friends. Free and open to children in grades 1 – 5.

Saturday, 12/21

  • Junior Youth Group meets from 5-6:30 PM in room 2 for games, cookie decorating, and a holiday gift swap. Please bring a gift valued at no more than $10. All 6th – 8th graders are welcome. Contact Adam Bender for details.
  • High School Youth Group meets at UUS:E at 7:00 PM and will head to Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield. The group will check out the lights and stop for a snack and hot cocoa. Contact Michelle Spadaccini for details.

Sunday, 12/22

  • In lieu of classes today, all children and youth are invited to take part in Pajama Day! Wear some comfy, cozy jammies and join us on the Garden Level to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman, play some games, or make a holiday-themed craft.
    Children’s choir does not meet today.
  • Child care is provided for children 3 years old and under in the nursery at 11 AM.

Looking ahead:

Tuesday, 12/24 Christmas Eve Worship Service at 7 PM.

  • Please note, just one service this year. Kids, or kids at heart, are invited to wear their pajamas – we seem to have a pajama theme going on this month – and drink hot chocolate while listening to Gina and Rev Josh read The Polar Express. Candlelight, traditional carols, and contemplative readings will also be a part of the service.
  • The nursery will not be available on Christmas Eve.

*Please bring hats, mittens, and warm socks to place under our tree. These will be donated to area shelters*

Sunday, 12/29

  • RE classes and nursery will not be offered.

Classes resume on January 5th.

Saturday, 1/11, 5-7 PM


Resources to Explore Possibility

Books To Read Together

Good People Everywhere, by Lynea Gillen  (Author), Kristina Swarner (Illustrator)

“A colorful picture book that will warm the hearts of children and adults alike, each of its pages contain endearing examples and vibrant illustrations to inspire children to grow into grateful, caring, and giving people. It provides a wonderful way to calm children before sleep, ease their fears, and help them develop an appreciation for good work.” – Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Good-People-Everywhere-Lynea-Gillen/dp/0979928982

Theme Connection:  We believe in the possibility of good in all people.

Family Movie Night Ideas

A Goofy Movie (G)

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/a-goofy-movie

“Free of the pressures that sometimes smother the big Disney releases, this movie has a refreshingly casual feel, with some sly humor, even daring to poke fun at Disney itself. The teen characters are contemporary without the prepackaged feel of other Disney productions (like “The New Mickey Mouse Club”), and there are lively songs performed by Tevin Campbell. It’s a shame that the G rating might scare off the film’s optimal audience, the 10-14 age group. If you can persuade them to take a look, they will find much to enjoy and identify with.

At the center of the story is Max, struggling through the torturous insecurity and self-consciousness of adolescence. Like all teens, he is humiliated by his father’s goofiness. But the movie’s great joke is that in this case, his father is not just goofy, he is Goofy, the Goof of all Goofs, the Uber-Goof!” – Common Sense Media

Theme Connection: The possibility of being wrong and restoring a relationship.

Gym Teacher: The Movie (age 6+)

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/gym-teacher-the-movie

“Parents need to know that this made-for-TV movie touches on themes like teamwork, perseverance, and self-perception and examines what it means to be a winner. There’s some poor sportsmanship and bullying (tweens tease a classmate, putting him down and throwing things at him), but it could prompt family discussions about respecting others and being tolerant of differences…” – Common Sense Media

Theme Connection: The possibility of change.

Support for Parents as Faith Formation Guides

Starting over; Despite our best intentions, all parents make mistakes, act inconsistently, and generally fall short of our goals. But we can also model asking for forgiveness.

Michelle Richards

https://www.uuworld.org/articles/starting-over

How to Teach Humility to Your Kids in a Digital Age

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-teach-kids-humility-in-a-digital-age/

Looking for  Inclusive Scouting  for Your Children?

Click here for more information about this exciting opportunity!

For more information contact us at 860-646-5151 or at redirector@uuse.org.