<<<<Check the various Religious Exploration Programs and Resources
Each week, while we are apart, Hanna Kiely, Director of Religious Exploration is sending RE Connections for All Ages to all families, with fun activities to do together, resources for helping parents and children, Discussion topics, music, and stories related to our faith tradition. You can also find Resources for all ages in the sidebar to the left, under Multi-Gen Resources. To sign up for our Religious Exploration eNewsletter or to get more information about our RE Programs, email Hanna Kiely.
What We Offer Through the Lifespan
We provide children, youth, young adults, and adults opportunities throughout the year to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community. Unitarian Universalist religious exploration programs offer all ages, inspiring:
- Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.
- Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.
- Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.
We believe that religion is not something to be given to a young person, but something to be nurtured and encouraged as the child’s life unfolds. Our program offers children and youth a welcoming environment, a safe place to explore their own personal spiritual journeys, to explore the deep mysteries with open minds and hearts. Our program acknowledges that parents and guardians are the primary stewards of their children’s religious education. To that end, we seek to provide support for parents as religious educators.
Religious exploration programs include more than classes. On a Sunday you might find the preschoolers singing songs about kindness, the 2nd graders engaging with a story about loss and bereavement, the 5th graders talking with a Muslim couple about Islam, the 7th graders learning about responsibility in a lesson from our progressive sexuality education program, and the high-school youth raising money for the local homeless shelter. Many programs incorporate social justice activities, worship opportunities, service trips, fellowship, and fun.
Our religious educators and minister lead many of our congregations’ lifespan programs. Parents and other members of the congregation often lead them, too. Teaching can be a very fulfilling way to deepen one’s own faith. Check out some ways you can be involved.
Children’s religious exploration programs are typically offered on Sunday mornings, and high school youth and adult programs are usually offered on afternoons or evenings.
We invite you to explore these pages and contact our religious educator Hanna Kiely. to get connected.