Classes and curriculum
More information about the curriculum for each class available by following the links below. Class calendars and further information for each age group can be found by using the navigation bar to the left.
Combination of three print Unitarian Universalist curricula: We Are Many, We Are One and Chalice Children.
"We Are Many, We Are One"--Stories, games and projects encourage children to honor themselves, their religious community, nature and cultures from around the world. Features rich array of games, songs and family newsletters to build relationships between teachers and home. 36 sessions.
"Chalice Children"--Based on the premise that children learn best through experience, this program helps nurture spiritual growth, creativity and a sense of community through imaginative activities and rituals such as rhymes and fingerplays. Includes 36 sessions (plus 5 alternates) that introduce children to concepts such as birth and death, dreams and the natural world.
Love Surrounds Us (Tapestry of Faith)
At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. Love Surrounds Us explores all of the principles in the context of Beloved Community. The program concentrates on the communities that are most recognizable to kindergartners and first graders - their Beloved Communities of family, home, school, and neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community. Sessions based on each of the Principles allow children to articulate their faith in the world. Participants come knowing they are Unitarian Universalists, and leave know why, as the Principles help answer the question, "Why do I belong?"
Signs of Our Faith: Being UU Everyday (Tapestry of Faith)
The Signs of Our Faith curriculum guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values of Unitarian Universalism, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives exhibit their traits and values, coming to understand that theirs is a living faith whose teachings are fortifications for living faithfully in a complex world. Signs of Our Faith engages children in exploration of Unitarian Universalist ritual practices that remind us of their traits and values. This program helps children understand the abstract concept of a ritual by naming rituals as signs of our faith. Rituals are defined broadly, so that naming and dedicating a baby is a ritual, so too is befriending a new child at school. Through the concept of 'ritual', children discover evidence of their faith in everyday actions and are encouraged to form into habit such traits as caring, welcoming, and making faith group decisions. Signs of Our Faith asks young people to see themselves as leaders of their faith. They build experience performing and creating rituals to share in their families and the congregation, and are thereby positioned as co-creators of our faith.
Love Connects Us (Tapestry of Faith)
Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another's search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world. The sessions explore our legacy, from Universalism and Unitarianism, of living our connections in loving service, inquiry, and action for social justice. At the same time, the program builds active participants in our faith. Children learn how our actions create a new heritage of connecting in love which will shape the faith of future generations. Participants grow in Unitarian Universalist identity, explore their connections to one another in our beloved communities, and discover ways they are called to act in our congregations and the wider world. Crafts and games that use tying and knots make tangible the concept of connections we share one another. Participants physically explore what it means to be linked to other and how one person's actions can affect the whole system to which they belong. Many activities involve participants in teams or small groups, emphasizing their experience as individuals working together in community.
The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist sixth Graders in their own search for understanding. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?
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
Coming of Age (print curriculum)
As youth prepare to leave childhood, our congregation seeks to honor this transition with a Coming of Age program that is filled with workshops, social action projects, and rites of passage. In Sunday School, participants will explore theology, spirituality, and history through discussion, drama, music, writing and art. The material is thoughtful and comprehensive for all participants. Coming of Age brings together a multitude of ideas and practices from other Unitarian Universalist congregations in a way that is sensitive to cultural, racial, class, gender, theological and philosophical diversity. The curriculum will help the high school youth to define their beliefs and put their faith into action. The Sunday School program is closely correlated with the UU Mentoring Program and the High School Youth Group, creating a multifaceted transition into the congregation at large.