Religious Education Program

World Peace with ChildrenInfants and toddlers are welcome. Parents may keep their young ones with them in the program room at the back of the sanctuary where a small activity box is available. The infants and toddlers may also use the nursery on the garden level for a more active space. It is only through our work together as parents and a religious community that we can teach our children our shared beliefs and values. Sitters are usually available in the nursery at both services.

Nursery available at  11 AM every Sunday for the young ones.

Nursery (Infants – 3 yrs.) Child care in the Nursery is provided by loving volunteers, generally during both services. Parents are also welcome to keep their young ones with them during service. For those who prefer, there is a program room at the back of the sanctuary where a small activity box is available

It’s time to register for Religious Education for the 2015-2016 school year. All children in grades Pre-K – 12 who will be attending RE must be registered in advance.  Click here to register.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Gina Campellone, Director of Religious Education, at UUSE.REdir@sbcglobal.net.  

Classes start September 25th.

Register for Religious Education Classes Here.

2017-2018 Curricula Religious Education for Children and Youth

Pre-K & Kindergarten: Spirit Play: The goal of Spirit Play is to help children live into their own answers to the existential questions: Where did we come from? What are we doing here? How do we choose to live our lives? This highly successful Montessori-based program engages children using stories from many traditions and group “wonderings.” Children choose work activities, sing songs, and partake in a “feast” each week.

Grade 1: Bible Superheroes: In a world where so often “might makes right,” and at an age when they are beginning to form values that will take them through their lives, children in this class will meet super heroes from the Bible who were powerful in mind, body, and spirit. The goal of the curriculum is to introduce children to the stories of people from the Bible who have acted with courage and wisdom in their attempts to lead their lives fully and make the world a better place for others, just as we strive to do as Unitarian Universalists.

Grade 2: Picture Book Bible Tales & World Religions: This curriculum offers an introduction to Bible stories from the Hebrew & Christian traditions, as well as Hindu, Islamic, and Buddhist faiths using beautiful and engaging picture books. Each lesson is complemented by an age-appropriate art or movement-based activity, such as Arabic alphabet calligraphy, cooking with dates for Ramadan, peacock feather art, sand play, and more.

Grades 3 & 4: Passport to Spirituality: This curriculum teaches children not just about world religions, but how they can actually utilize world religions to gain wisdom and develop their own spirituality. Participants in this class will “travel the world.” At each country the children visit, they will receive a passport sticker, learn about a different religion, engage in a spiritual practice used by that religion, and pick up a souvenir to take home.

Grades 5 & 6: Bibleodeon: This curriculum is ambitious and inventive! Participants don’t just read, they experience the great stories of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. They encounter a crime scene that tells the story of Cain and Abel. They face down the temptation of candy. They conduct a Bible Women’s Awards Night. They construct masks of animals that didn’t make it onto the ark, and build living sculptures. In this class, children learn about the Bible as one of the many wonderful and important UU sources.

Grades 7 & 8: Our Whole Lives (OWL): This nationally recognized, highly successful UU program on human sexuality is designed to help adolescents acquire accurate information, develop positive attitudes, and make healthy decisions about the role of sexuality in their own lives. Advisors are trained by the UUA. Participation requires regular attendance and parental permission.

Grades 9 – 12: Youth Group: This year we will be experimenting with many different types of programming to best meet the needs and interests of our high school youth. While this is subject to change, the plan at this point is to offer bi-monthly meetings when the group will get together to talk, play games, cook, eat, watch a movie, discuss a TED Talk, or work on a service project. There will also be opportunities for outings, Youth Cons, independent projects, assisting in an RE classroom, stewardship, and social justice activism.

Faith in Action: Social justice work is central to Unitarian Universalism. Empowering children to find ways to practice the Seven Principles is an important goal of our RE program. Once per month, generally on the second Sunday, children in grades 1 – 6 will work together to put their UU faith into action through service to our church, our community, and our world.

Ongoing Programs

Children’s Worship usually begins each session in the chapel on the Garden Level

Whole Congregational Worship is scheduled approximately once per month.

Music is a vital part of the UUS:E experience and we are lucky to have volunteers who direct our two children’s choirs, the Rainbow Sunshines and Tomorrow’s Voices. Sometimes we even have accompaniment by Reverend Josh on drums!! Children’s Choirs meet September thru May, with rehearsals at 10:15 AM. between services.

Youth Group is for High School aged youth (grades 9-12) who participate in various activities overseen by the Youth Advisory committee (YAC).


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