“The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own; not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own; to awaken the soul, to excite and cherish spiritual life.”William Ellery Channing, Unitarian Minister (1780-1842)
What We Offer
Spiritual & Religious Exploration and special activities are open to children of members, friends, and visiting families. We begin in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. to enjoy the Story for All Ages, then go to the classrooms for lessons and activities.
We offer a Spiritual & Religious Exploration program that teaches children what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. We believe our children and youth should be exposed to many ideas, expressions, and practices in order to develop a respect and appreciation for the insight and wisdom of different cultures and faith traditions. Without imposing rules and doctrines, we strive to provide our children with spiritual and ethical tools to make positive choices and embrace life with open hearts.
In order to ensure that children and youth are well grounded in many different aspects of our religious traditions, we have chosen three basic areas of religious education and run on a three year cycle:
- UU Identity
- World Religions
- Judeo-Christian Heritage, Bible Study
The focus for 2022/2023 is World Religions.
As Unitarian Universalists, we do not subscribe to a creed or dogma. We covenant to affirm and promote the following seven principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our Congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our Congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are part
The living tradition we share draws from many sources:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
- Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
We invite you to explore this website and contact our Religious Education Director to get connected.