Celebrating our Religious Exploration Program 2019-2020

Raising Inclusive and Justice-Minded UU Children:
Stories, Activities, and Discussions

This year, our Religious Exploration program is offering outdoor and indoor programming for our families.  As needed, we will have an opportunity for families to sign into remote Religious Exploration as well.  Using a multi-age curriculum, each week we present lessons appropriate to our times and our UU faith, a faith of justice whose first principle calls us to honor the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

As we explore timely topics and embark on deep conversations, we will bring love, equality, empathy, vision, inclusivity, and justice to the forefront in uplifting and empowering ways. 

In addition, gatherings for Coming of Age students (grades 6 & 7) and Youth Group (grades 8 and up) will take place.  We will offer OWL this year as well. Please take a look at our Weekly Update for more details on all of our activities.

When we regather we will return to offering Religious Exploration programming for children on Sundays during our 10 a.m. service. Children are typically divided into classes by age as follows:

Spirit Play – Pre-K to Kindergarten

Spirit Play is a hands-on multi-sensory curriculum based on the Montessori method. The program relies on central stories that share important UU and value-based themes; combines multiple ages; and utilizes child-centered space with many options for child-led work. This year we introduce a new set of stories and baskets.

Elementary Age Programming

On Sunday mornings, we offer programming for children in grades 1-6. We use a variety of engaging curricula, many originating from the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith program.  All of our programming allows children to explore their own big questions:  Who am I? What do I believe? What do I choose to stand up for in this world?  All of our programming align with the principles and sources recognized by Unitarian Universalists.

Nursery Care

In addition, UUCW provides nursery care during the worship service for infants and toddlers up to age 3 and 1/2.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Curriculum

OWL is designed to help children gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to express their sexuality in life enhancing ways. This curriculum is an expression of the belief that religious communities, community organizations, and schools can form meaningful partnerships with parents to provide positive and responsible sexuality education.

For more information, contact Robin Mitzcavitch, Director of Religious Exploration and Education.