Our Curricula

Our religious education curriculum nurtures the four foundations of a meaningful, relevant, and vibrant faith:

Religious Identity 

  • Learning about our Unitarian Universalist heritage of truth, love, ,and justice
  • Understanding our covenant to one another
  • The Unitarian Universalist Principles

Ethical Development

  • Making the world a better place by living our values
  • Being in right relationship with each other, the larger community, and the earth

Spiritual Growth

  • Sensing a connection to something larger than ourselves through worship, prayer and meditation
  • Exploring the wisdom of the world religions

Faith Development

  • Finding meaning and purpose in life
  • Exploring personal beliefs and values

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Treasure Hunting by Ellen Schneider 

Our four and five year-olds will hunt for the treasure as a metaphor for the search for truth and meaning. They will explore issues that children face in their daily lives, the meaning of Unitarian Universalist principles and values, and the importance of an accepting and caring community. We will use the theme of treasure hunting as a concrete way of involving children in the excitement of the search for the meaning of life. It addresses issues that children face daily, explores the meaning of Unitarian Universalist principles and values, and emphasizes an accepting and caring community.

1st & 2nd Grade

Faithful Journeys by Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann and Rev. Lynn Ungar

Participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action. Through sessions structured around the Unitarian Universalist Principles, Faithful Journeys demonstrates that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals can affirm with many kinds of action. Over the course of the program, children discover a unity of faith in the many different ways Unitarian Universalists, including themselves, can act on our beliefs.

3rd & 4th Grade

Signs for our Faith: Being UU Everyday by Rev. Jessica York 

Rev. Morales asks us to think about religion as the practice of being faithful to what you love. In order to do this, you must decide what you love and do your best to live that love faithfully every day. Signs of Our Faith guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives do and can exhibit these traits and values, and come to understand that their faith is a living faith whose histories and teachings are fortifications for living faithfully in a complex world. 

5th & 6th Grade

Sing to the Power by Rev. Lynn Ungar

Sing to the Power affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting "powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love." Participants experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders.

7th Grade & Up

Heeding the Call of Justice by Jodi Tharan and Nicole Bowmer

Heeding the Call is a social justice curriculum that not only explores linked oppressions in our society, but also encourages participants towards personal growth in values that counteract the marginalization of others. Workshops on empathy, courage, abundance, joy, and other qualities ask participants to recognize how these standards can be tools for justice. Additionally, the program includes more concrete tools, such as suggestions on how to be a good ally and tips on the language of conflict resolution. True stories of courage, sacrifice and collaboration, role-plays, games, and a program-long justice project will feed youth’s rising realization that as people of faith we are all called to love justice—not just with our words, but also with our deeds.

Additional Programming

Our program is based on the idea that children and youth learn, grow and flourish in an environment that recognizes and meets different learning styles, individual interests and developmental stages. Because of this, we offer a variety of experiences for exploring faith and spirituality in addition to age-group based learning:

  • Children’s Chapel and Worship for All Ages to engender religious identity, to experience wonder, and build a sense of community.
  • Social Action Projects to promote ethical development by allowing children to put UU principles into action.
  • Kids’ ‘Coffee’ Hour each Sunday to acquaint the children with one another and share food together.
  • Community-building events such as the annual All-Church Picnic, Hanging of the Greens holiday gathering, Spring Egg Hunt, and Sundae Sunday.