PRESCHOOL: The Unitarian Universalist Alphabet (30 sessions)
The focus of the Unitarian Universalist Alphabet is to provide a comfortable environment for children and the adults who are working with them in the congregational setting, while providing content that can be built throughout this and subsequent years. The Alphabet is developed on a model of “relational religious education,” which acknowledges that children first connect with a community of faith through contact with people, followed by identity based on content; Introduces the child to Unitarian Universalism through stories of important people in our faith heritage and in their own church environment, and the Unitarian Universalist Affirmations (Principles).
K-1: Love Surrounds Us (16 sessions)
At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. This program explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, and neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.
GRADE 2-3: Love will Guide Us (16 sessions)
In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.
GRADE 4-5: Love Connects Us
Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another’s search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.
The sessions explore our legacy, from both Universalism and Unitarianism, of living our connections in loving service, inquiry, and action for social justice. At the same time, the program builds active participants in our faith. Children learn how our actions create a new heritage of connecting in love which will shape the faith of future generations.
MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL: Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice maker (12 classes)
Heeding the Call is a social justice curriculum that not only explores linked oppressions in our society, but also encourages participants towards personal growth in values that counteract the marginalization of others. Workshops on empathy, courage, abundance, joy, and other qualities ask participants to recognize how these standards can be tools for justice. Additionally, the program includes more concrete tools, such as suggestions on how to be a good ally and tips on the language of conflict resolution. True stories of courage, sacrifice and collaboration, role-plays, games, and a program-long justice project will feed youth’s rising realization that as people of faith we are all called to love justice—not just with our words, but also with our deeds.
ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE (Multi-generational): Circle of Trees (8 sessions)
Circle of Trees is a multigenerational program of eight workshops that nurture deep connection with trees, nature, and all of earth’s living creatures. The program uses trees as an entry point to understand and connect with life on earth. Across many cultures, trees are recognized as a symbol for life on earth—for example, the biblical Tree of Life.