Religious Education Program

World Peace with ChildrenNursery available at  11 AM every Sunday for the young ones.

Nursery (Infants – 3 yrs.) Child care in the Nursery is provided by a staff member with the assistance of loving volunteers. Parents are also most 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 the 2021-2022 Religious Education Program

It’s time to register for Unitarian Universalist Society: East’s 2021-2022 Religious Education Program. Programming will be a bit different this year. Actually, it will be significantly different! Our aim is not to try to replicate our typical program in a virtual format, but rather to intentionally adapt our focus and goals. In keeping with the UUA’s guidance, no programming, including worship services and Religious Education, will take place in the building until it can be done so safely. After much discussion and a great deal of discernment, we have decided that the focus of this year’s RE program will be to foster and strengthen children’s and families’ connections to one another, to the congregation, and to the larger UU faith community. Most importantly, we hope to be a consistent source of love and support to our children and youth in a time when the world feels upside down and unpredictable.

We know that most kids will now be spending a considerable amount of time in front of a computer screen engaged in virtual learning. Zoom fatigue is real, and the last thing any kid needs right now is to be expected to participate in yet another virtual class after school or on the weekend. This is why we have opted not to use our typical RE curricula. Although we will, by necessity, be virtual, this year’s programming will not follow the usual lesson, craft, game format.  Instead, our program will utilize audio-visual media to teach and explore topics such as social justice, equity, the environment, religion, and spirituality.

Register Here!

2021-2022 Religious Education for
Children and Youth Curriculum

Programming begins on September 20th Watch for “A Religious Education Update from Gina Campellone” in your mailbox. Register to sign up.

Elementary Children (Pre-K – Grade 5) will use a curriculum called CartUUns, which uses animated shorts from Disney and Pixar as the basis for discussion about the values inherent in Unitarian Universalism.

Junior Youth (grades 6 – 8) will use a curriculum called D’oh, God!, which uses episodes of The Simpsons as the basis for in-depth discussions of a wide variety of religious topics.  At each meeting the group views an entire episode, then engages in discussion and activities designed to encourage deep contemplation of issues.

High School Youth (grades 9 – 12) will use a variety of media, including movies and TED Talks as a vehicle for discussion of issues such as diversity, identity, privilege, sexuality, gender, faith, and more.

Our RE offerings will not be exclusively limited to the above curricula. Twice monthly we will continue to hold multi-generational worship services, primarily coordinated by Director of Religious Education, Gina Campellone & Reverend Josh, intentionally designed to include elements for kids of all ages. Once a month Gina will lead a virtual children’s chapel, an extended version of what is usually offered before the start of classes when we are in the building. Children’s chapel will include all the familiar components, such as ringing a chime, lighting a chalice, sharing joys and concerns, reading a story, and so forth. It will allow us a very valuable opportunity to come together as group and participate in a slower, less formal, more chatty worship experience.

Most programming will take place following the 10 AM service on Sunday mornings, from 11:15 to approximately noon. Junior Youth will meet at 7 PM on the first and third Sundays.

Programming begins on September 20th. Please be sure to register your child ASAP using the above link.  Questions? Please contact Gina Campellone at [email protected].

Ongoing Programs will resume when possible.

  • Children’s Worship usually begins each session in the chapel on the Garden Level.
  • Multi-generational Worship is scheduled approximately once per month.
  • Club UU Club UU is a social group for children in grades 1–5. It will meet the third Friday of each month, October – May from 6 – 8 PM to provide the children an opportunity to spend time with their UU peers outside of Sunday mornings, and to help build a sense of community. At these meetings we will share a snack, play cooperative games, and just have lots of fun!
  • Music is a vital part of the Unitarian Universalist Society: East experience and we are lucky to have volunteers who direct our children’s choir. Sometimes we even have accompaniment by Reverend Josh on drums!! Children’s Choir meets September thru May, with rehearsals at 10:30 AM between services.

*Unless otherwise noted.

Religious Education for Children and Youth.

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