Learning – What is RE?
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2021-2022 Virtual Religious Exploration (RE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Corpus Christi a.k.a U2C3
Our Church year has begun! In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made an effort to simplify our offerings with the hope that it makes it easier for families to stay connected and foster relationships with not only our local families but the friends and families in the wider UU community. Our collaborative leaders recognize that our children and youth have become connected to each other over this last year. So we are excited to continue to offer a multi-church online religious education program this fall!
We strive to provide a welcoming space for all. We offer various spiritual elements in each of our virtual gatherings 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, in our Religious Exploration programs, there is an intentional focus on FUUN and supportive connections that inspire open minds, loving hearts, and helping hands.
If you would like your children or youth to participate in this year’s Religious Exploration programming, please fill out our registration form for your children and youth. This is how we get to know more about you and make sure your family’s needs are met 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.
*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.*
Children’s Chapel: Our Children’s Chapel is for grades 1st – 4th. We allow the 4th graders to decide if they want to go to Chapel or Upper Elementary, as they run at the same time. Chapel starts at 9:00 am. This group does not meet on the 5th Sunday of a month.
Upper Elementary: Upper Elementary is for grades 4th – 6th. We allow the 4th graders to decide if they want to be in the Children’s Chapel or the Upper Elementary group. Both groups run at the same time; 9:00 am. This group does not meet on the 5th Sunday of the month.
Youth Group: Youth Group is for grades 6th – 12th. This group meets on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The 1st Wednesday is social/game night. The 2nd Wednesday is Spiritual Development. The 3rd Wednesday is for Social Justice. The Youth Group starts each class together as a big group, and numbers permitting splits into two Zoom rooms (Jr. High and High School). This group starts at 6:00 pm and runs for an hour.
- Adult advisors participating in RE programs: Amanda (Chattanooga), Aimee (Eau Claire), Hanna (TX), Jen (Iowa), Mandy (James Reeb), Jen (Iowa), and Miriam (TVUUC)
- Each virtual room for our children and youth meetings will have two adults minimum.
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.