Learning – What is RE?
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Our Church year has begun! Register Now for the 2021-22 Religious Exploration (RE) Year!
If you would like your children or youth to participate in this year’s Religious Exploration programming, please fill out our registration form here. This is a quick way for us to get to know more about you and make sure your family’s needs are met when you and your loved ones are in our space, and so we all can stay connected this year and beyond. We use our registration list to communicate about both current and future offerings. RE Registration is ongoing through the year.
We strive to provide a welcoming space for all. We offer various spiritual elements in each of our spaces to help foster UU faith development and personal growth. Here at U2C3, our mission states: Growing in spirit and faith to inspire acts of radical inclusion, justice, and lovingkindness. With this in mind, our Religious Exploration programs set an intentional focus on FUUN and supportive connections that inspire open minds, loving hearts, and helping hands.
*U2C3 Membership is not required for registration, but registration is required for participation in Children/Youth RE. The information you provide will NOT be shared with third parties and other information provided about your child(ren) will only be shared with your consent.*
Each month be on the lookout for our RE Connections eNewsletter! This is for U2C3 RE families and friends, it is filled with fun activities, crafts, lessons, spiritual practices, discussion topics, music, stories, and much more. Learn more about our programming and resources here. For more information contact Hanna Kiely, Director of Religious Exploration.
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.