Religious Exploration at UUFC

Our religious exploration program is small but active.  We have 10 regular youth participants ranging from age 5 to 14.  We have another 10-15 occasional participants who join us throughout the year.  We provide classes for 2 age groups: elementary and middle school and have child care ready for any toddlers or preschoolers who might show up.  This year the middle school youth have been 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.  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 has been on our 7 UU Principles.  As is becoming a tradition, the youth will also lead a Sunday service; this year on Mother’s Day.

Next year we hope to provide the OWL (Our Whole Lives) curriculum to 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.  The elementary group will again be using the RE Express curriculum, this time exploring our UU Sources.