Religious Education Programs at the UUCOC

Ministry of Lifespan Religious Education


This Church believes in and supports religious education (RE). Many very talented people contribute to the quality programs and variety of experiences we enjoy here. The content of the curriculum is planned to nurture and spiritual, intellectual, social, and moral development of all who participate. We would be delighted to have you and your family join us.

Our Schedule


We begin each Sunday with our families in the Faith Building, sharing unique and somewhat atypical intergenerational services. The children are seated together on the “magic carpet” or with their parents. Restless kids and infants may be accommodated in the Hope Building nursery or on the play ground.

Our formal “school term” funds from September to the end of May. In the summer, action-oriented activities include brief off campus trips, games and crafts, and other fun learning opportunities are offered.

Nursery


Babies and toddlers alike are welcome in our appealingly decorated and well-equipped nursery. Loving folks and occasionally older students help our youngest children feel part of the UU community. By becoming better acquainted with the church building, lovely grounds and the people who come here, both children and teachers become bridge builders.

Children of All Ages


Developed by Dr. Anita Penfold of the UU Church in Melrose, Massachusetts, through grants from the Unitarian Sunday School Society and the Fund for Unitarian Universalism, “Spirit Play” tends to engage students where they are and helps them find their own answers to questions about spirituality, life, and the world. The environment, the multi-sensory approach, the wondering questions, learning centers, stories, and the community of children and teachers (as well as parents) are absolutely appropriate for UU children and RE programs.

Through “Spirit Play” stores and activities, the principles, sources, and purposes of our faith are shared in formats that help the children think independently. The younger children learn about the UU principles or promises. Middle Agers study the sources of UUism – world religions, science, the Earth-centered interdependent web, Christian and Jewish heritage, and famous UU men and women.

Youth


As our numbers grow, our teen program is evolving. While we offer “Our Whole Lives” as a formal UU curriculum, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to help our teens become better acquainted with UU, our community, and each other. Under the leadership of church elders, the teens often contribute to or design their own curricula. The teens also discuss and manage our KIVA loan fund program, having made many successful loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Adult Religious Education


Opportunities for adult education are offered at a variety of times and in many formats. Primary areas of focus are: ethics and values, spirituality, UU history and principles, social justice, and personal development. By presenting programs ranging from informal discussion groups which gather on Sunday mornings or at lunch to multi-session evening or weekend seminars led by both professionals and trained volunteer facilitators, it is hoped that most members and friends of the Church will be able to participate and benefit. After the service discussion topics vary but often focus on the subject of the adult service, personal development, social justice issues, or specific areas of UU philosophy and history.

handprints on the mural
"Handprints"
Please click to view our RE slide show and enjoy some of our activities.


Special Multi-Generational Programs

Adults share their talents and experiences with the youth.

  Mary enthralled the kids and parents with tales of whale watching
Mary enthralling the kids and parents with tales
of whale watching off the Baja coast.



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