2016-17 Religious Education calendar
Sept 11, 2016 – May 21, 2017: Religious Education classes for Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade, 2nd & 3rd Grades, 4th & 5th Grades, Middle School, and High School
Age-appropriate classes will not be held on the following dates, nursery is open every Sunday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm:
- September 4: All age Water Fun Day
- November 20: Pageant rehearsal
- November 27: Pageant rehearsal
- December 4: Pageant rehearsal
- December 11: Pageant Worship Service – Multi-generational
- December 18: All Age Game Day, rooms 1 & 2
- December 25: Merry Christmas – campus closed
- January 1: Multi-generational Worship, no RE classes
- April 9: Worship Service – Multi-generational worship – Palm Sunday
- April 16: Easter Party in RE complex. Children start in classes, skip the sanctuary, then proceed to egg hunt and party in courtyard
- May 7: Youth service – Coming of Age & graduating high school seniors will bridge to young adults
- May 28: All Age Game Day, rooms 1 & 2
The Preschool class is for 3, 4 and 5 year olds who are toilet comfortable – they can be escorted to the bathroom. and will take care of their needs on their own.
This class will use the Unitarian Universalist curriculum Chalice Children
Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. Related activities include coloring pages, crafts, and games.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Wonderful Welcome and Love Surrounds Us
We will be using lessons from 2 Unitarian Universalist curricula. 1) Wonderful Welcome – In this program children identify intangible gifts central to Unitarian Universalism such as friendship, hospitality and fairness, and share these gifts with others. 2) Love Surrounds Us – children will explore 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.
2nd & 3rd Grade
Moral Tales & Love Will Guide Us
We will be using lessons from 2 Unitarian Universalist curricula: 1) Moral Tales – this program provides children with spiritual and ethical tools to make choices and take actions that reflect their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values. And 2) Love Will Guide Us – In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.
4th & 5th Grades
Timeless Themes: Stories from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles
This curriculum introduces children to religious literature that is central to North American culture and to Unitarian Universalist heritage. The Bible stories are taught from the perspective of UU values. The violence in the stories is not avoided, but recognized and used to guide participants toward an understanding of non-violent ways to resolve conflicts.
The timeless themes: transcendent power, human responsibility, love of freedom, speaking out against injustice, respect for the beliefs of others, love of one’s neighbor, and forgiveness.
Middle School class
An experiential program introducing young Unitarian Universalist to stories of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. Participants don’t just read but experience 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. They perform 11 provided playlets.
Social Group – Middle school Unitarian Universalist Group – MUUGs, a social group for 6th-8th graders, plan monthly family oriented events. Past activities include picnics, camping, horseback riding, ice skating, a day at a water park, snow tubing/skiing, and white water rafting.
High School Class
For Youth in 9th – 12th grades – 1st Sunday of each month – YRUU coffee House, Youth spend time planning YRUU activities while having time to socialize, and build community.
On the remaining Sundays, the class will explore a wide range of topics including religion, social justice, agriculture, personal growth, education, and more by watching and discussing TED talks. TED is a nonpartisan, nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages
Social group – Young Religious Unitarian Universalists – YRUU is a social group for 9th-12th graders, they are a part of a continental organization of Unitarian Universalist teens, enabling youth to make connections with other UU teens within our church community and at regional and national gatherings. YRUU focuses on youth empowerment and community strength through learning, social action, worship, and trusting relationships with adult members of the church community. YRUU outings are planned during the YRUU coffee house meetings mentioned under High School above.
1st Sunday of each month – mUUvie nite – All High school aged youth invited to join us. We watch a movie, drink soda, eat popcorn & pizza, then discuss the movie – we break down our thoughts on: plot, casting, score etc. 5 pm – 9 pm Permission slip required to view “R” rated films. Youth are expected to make a donation to help cover the cost of food, DVD rental and video licensing fees.