Religious Education Registration and Programs for 2020-2021

This year, religious education at UUC will include a combination of ongoing programs for children and teens, and 3-6 week faith development groups scheduled throughout the year for children, teens, and parents. Parents and teens can register, sign up for RE faith development groups, and find Zoom links to all our programs on UUC connect.  Please contact Melody Moberg with questions about programs for 6th-12th grade, and contact Aria Curtis with questions about programs for elementary programs and under. Both of us can give you Zoom links. All groups are meeting via Zoom unless specified otherwise.

Registration

Registration is now open for religious education at University Unitarian Church. Our fee for the full year is $50 per child or $100 per family. Full and partial scholarships are available – contact Melody for more information.  

Religious Education Information Session

We are offering a religious education information session for parents on September 10, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. We’ll start talking about religious education for elementary children and families at 6:30 p.m., and around half way through will shift into discussion of youth programming. All parents are welcome to stick around for both or just attend part of the information session.


Ongoing Programs on Sundays

Children’s Chapel, 11:15 – 12:00

Children’s Chapel is a dynamic space, where elementary-aged children can experience age-appropriate worship and spiritual practice with their peers and parents, while also exploring who they are in this world. This includes music, sharing of Joys and Sorrows, stories, and cooperative activities and games. This year, Children’s Chapel will be focusing thematically on experiences of Wonder and Awe, and race and racial identity.

Children’s Chapel is open to children in Kindergarten through 5th grade and their parents and siblings. To join, please contact Aria Curtis at aria.curtis@uuchurch.org.

Youth Chapel, 11:15 – 12:30

Youth chapel provides age-appropriate worship and companionship to students from 6th-12th grade. This participatory service provides centering, ritual, and opportunities to spiritually deepen through reflection, games and art.

Youth Chapel is open to youth in grade 6 through 12. To join, please contact Melody Moberg at melody.moberg@uuchurch.org


Family Faith Development Groups

Animals and Us: Tuesdays, September 15, 22, 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

In “Animals and Us,” participants will explore the special relationships we have with the animals in our lives, culminating in a Blessing of the Animals ceremony in Children’s Chapel on October 4.

Animals and Us is open to UUC members of all ages and centers the experience of elementary-aged children and their families. To join Animals and Us, please sign up through UUC Connect, here.

Spiritual Practices During Pandemic: Thursdays, September 17, 24, October 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Youth will learn about and engage in spiritual practices of grounding, creation, and movement.

Spiritual Practices During Pandemic is open to middle and high school youth. To join Spiritual Practices During Pandemic, please sign up through UUC Connect here.

Creating Sabbath Space: Fridays, October 16 – November 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

In “Creating Sabbath Space,” participants will create and develop a Sabbath practice together.

Creating Sabbath Space is open to UUC members of all ages and centers the experience of elementary-aged children and their families. To join Creating Sabbath Space, please sign up through UUC Connect, here.

World Religions: Tuesdays, October 20-November 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Youth will learn about world religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Current 6th and 7th graders are particularly encouraged to attend, since we aren’t offering our usual world religions program this year.

World Religions is open to youth in middle and high school. To join World Religions, please sign up through UUC Connect, here.

UU Lego Sources: Thursdays, January 14-February 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

In “UU Lego Sources,” participants experience the gift of a living, flexible, and diverse tradition in our Six Sources through the medium of Lego bricks.

UU Lego Sources is open to elementary-aged children and their families. To join UU Lego Sources, please sign up through UUC Connect, here.

Be the Change!: Tuesdays, January 12-February 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“Be the Change!” gives Unitarian Universalist youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity, and justice in living out their faith.

Be the Change! is open to youth in middle and high school. To join Be the Change! please sign up through UUC Connect, here.

Books and Cooks: Tuesdays, February 23 – March 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Families will explore culture, customs, and religious tradition through the lens of food and storytelling.

Books and Cooks is open to elementary-aged children and their families. To join Book and Cooks please sign up through UUC Connect, here.

Life Skills for Youth: Thursdays, February 25-March 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Youth will learn from and teach each other concrete skills, such as self-defense, money management, cooking, or growing food.

Life Skills for Youth is open to middle and high school youth. To Join Life Skills for Youth, please sign up through UUC Connect, here.

CartUUns: Thursdays, March 18-April 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Families will explore Unitarian Universalist values and traditions using the medium of animated shorts from Pixar and Disney.

CartUUns is open to elementary-aged children and their families. To join CartUUns please sign up through UUC Connect, here.

Virtue Ethics: Tuesdays, March 23-April 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Youth will explore ethics and decision-making by examining the virtues we commonly consider ethical. How do concepts like integrity, compassion, and courage play out in real life?

Virtue Ethics is open to middle and high school youth. To join Virtue Ethics, please sign up through UUC Connect, here.

Family Heritage: Tuesdays, April 20-May 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Participants will explore their own families’ histories and legacies, including the religious traditions of their ancestors, as a lens for understanding their own theology and traditions.

Family Heritage is open to UUC members of all ages and centers the experience of elementary-aged children and their families. To join Family Heritage please sign up through UUC Connect, here.


Other On-Going Groups

Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators: Sundays, October 4-December 13, 1:00-2:30 p.m. 

In a small group setting, adults explore their roles as the most important sexuality educators their children will have. Ten sessions invite parents and caregivers to explore their role as the primary sexuality educators of their elementary through teen age children. The 90-minute sessions use a small group ministry format to engage adults in topics including Gender Identity, Relationships, Social Media, and Consent. 

This group is open to parents of children of all ages. Unitarian Universalist Congregations are discouraged from offering Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education in an online-only format. Because we are not able to offer OWL for 8th grade students this year, parents of current 8th graders are strongly encouraged to enroll in this class. To join Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators, please sign up through UUC Connect by clicking here.

Coming of Age: Sundays, January 3-May 16, 2021, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Coming of Age is a rite of passage program for 9th grade students. The purpose of Coming of Age is to celebrate the transition from childhood to the ‘thundering years’ of adolescence, when students consider who they are, and why they are here. Coming of Age culminates in a solo wilderness vigil, the writing of a faith statement, and a worship service presented to the congregation.

Coming of Age is open to youth in 9th grade. For more information, please contact Melody Moberg at melody.moberg@uuchurch.org. Sign up for Coming of Age through UUC Connect, by clicking here.

Anti-Racism Parent Book Group: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month beginning on September 20, 8:00-9:30 p.m.

This covenantal book group invites parents and caregivers to explore raising children through anti-racist lens. Like the Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators group, this Anti-Racism Parent Book Group uses a small group ministry format to explore race and parenting. We’ll start by reading So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.

This group is open to parents of children of all ages. Sign up for the Anti-Racism Parent Book Group through UUC Connect, by clicking here.


Special Holiday Events

About once a month, in hour-long sessions, families are invited to learn together about the world’s religions and traditions through the lens of holidays. Participants will explore the common values and questions present in religious traditions from around the world.

These specially scheduled events are open to UUC members of all ages and center the learning and experience of children and youth. For more information, please contact Aria Curtis aria.curtis@uuchurch.org

  • Friday, September 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: What are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?
  • Saturday, October 31, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: What do Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, and Halloween all have in common?
  • Friday, November 13, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: What is Diwali?
  • Friday, January 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
  • Friday, February 12, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: What are Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday?
  • Saturday, March 27, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: What is Holi?
  • Friday, April 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: What is Earth Day?
  • Friday, May 7, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: What is Eid al-Fitr?