Welcome to Religious Exploration – Guest Info
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Welcome! We are glad you’ve decided to come and visit the Unitarian Universalist Church of Corpus Christi a.k.a. U2C3
For those planning to visit the church for the first time, some tips for how to make your visit enjoyable for you and your child(ren) and youth:
First, please take the time to look over the program descriptions on this website with your child(ren) to help them prepare for what to expect.
When bringing your children on Sunday please allow plenty of time to find the meeting area and meet our Sunday Morning Leaders; the program begins right after the story for all ages during our 11 am services. Your child’s class leader will ask you to fill out a Guest Registration Form, or you may print a copy and fill it out in advance. This form helps us get to know you and provides information about your child that Leaders need to know – such as food allergies. The form will need to be filled out before your child can participate in the program.
Please pick up your child from class right after service is over. Take time to talk with the teacher to discuss what the topic of the class was and raise any questions/concerns that you have.
If, after a couple of visits, you and your family decide that this church is a comfortable religious home please take the time to complete our Registration Forms. These give us more information about your family and their interests and give you access to emails, social media groups, and other offered services to keep you informed of church happenings.
If you have any questions before, during, or after your visit to the church please feel free to contact Director of Religious Exploration Hanna Kiely
What We Offer for RE – An Overview
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:
- 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 throughout the week.
We invite you to explore these pages and contact our religious educator Hanna Kiely. to get connected.