Religious Education at UUFC
Our religious education program is small but active. We have 10 regular youth participants ranging from age 6 to 15. We have another 10-15 occasional participants who join us throughout the year. We provide classes for 2 age groups: elementary and middle/high school and have child care ready for any toddlers or preschoolers who might show up. The elementary group has been using a curriculum called RE Express, provided by the Church of the Larger Fellowship (an online “Unitarian Universalist Congregation Without Walls.”) This year’s focus is on “Theology”- asking the big questions in life.
This year the older youth have created a service project to work on. They are collecting money and supplies to create “Blessing Bags” full of basic necessities to hand out to the homeless. They might choose to continue using the curriculum “You, the Creator” which explores the many ways creativity can be expressed in our lives and how they might relate to our spirituality later in the year. Starting in November, the youth group will only meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. The other Sundays will be dedicated to the OWL (Our Whole Lives) curriculum for our youth in grades 7-9. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. Sixth graders and those not registered for OWL are welcome to join the elementary group on OWL Sundays.