UUCR's Lifespan Religious Education is a year-round program for children, youth, and adults who seek spiritual growth, a transforming faith, stronger Unitarian Universalist identity, and vital communities of justice and love.
Our religious education programs don't give us "the answers" to life's tough questions, but they do give us information, encouragement, and a safe community to seek meaning for ourselves. We support parents, children's primary educators, in raising inquiring, conscientious children.
On Sunday mornings, religious education classes for children and youth run concurrently with the worship service from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Are you looking for children and youth books on world religions and festivals? The environment? Childhood development and body changes? Or fictional children's stories? Our RE library has wonderful resources for parents and RE teachers. Access the catalog of our books and come on in to Room 42, Building 4, to borrow a book!
Religious Education Programming Goals
To deepend our connection to each other we will focus on:
Community: People of all ages experience a life-giving spiritual community of faith, hope, and love; characterized by hospitality, welcoming, love and support.
Service and Justice: People of all ages are engage, locally and globally, in serving those in need, working for justice, and caring for our Earth.
Moral Responsibility: People of all ages develop ethical/moral responsibility – learning about UU perspectives on moral questions and how to apply their faith to decisions about what’s right and wrong.
Intergenerational Relationships: People develop intergenerational relationships in community where the UU faith is shared, modeled, and lived.
To achieve each of these goals we use a Family Ministry model that supports faith-development for all-ages throughout the week. This model views the family system as one of the primary ways that faith is transmitted across generations.
Components of Family Ministry are described below.
Parental Faith: The congregation helps parents and grandparents grow in faith and practice vital and informed UUism.
Parenting for Faith Growth: the congregation teaches parents and grandparents the knowledge and skills for forming faith at home [caring relationships, celebrating, praying/meditating, serving, and learning].
Parenting: The congregation equips parents and grandparents with the knowledge, skills, and confidence for parenting today, and how to develop a close, warm, and affirming parenting style that promotes religious transmission.
Faith Family Experiences: The congregation provides whole family experiences that promote growth in faith and teach parents how to share faith and live faith practices at home.
Family Faith Practices: The congregation provides families with resources to nurture growth in faith and practice at home.
Family Assets: the congregation strengthens family life by developing the assets that build strong families: nurturing family relationships, establishing family shared activities and traditions, maintaining family expectations and rules, adapting to daily challenges, and connecting to the community.
As we develop future programming and assess current programming, we will use the goals above to guide our decision-making process.
The great end in religious instruction...
is not to stamp our minds irresistibly on the young, but to stir up their own... to awaken the soul, to excite and cherish spiritual life. - William Ellery Channing
Dayna Edwards, Director of Religious Education
Dayna Edwards joined the UUCR staff as the Director of Religious Education in July 2016. She has a B.A. from American University, a Masters in education and human development from George Washington University, and will complete her Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Religious Education credentialing next year.
Prior to coming to UUCR, Dayna served as the Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration at the Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Adelphi, Maryland. Before that, she was the Children’s Ministry Director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, where she led parent education workshops and a week-long, evolution-based summer camp called Camp Beagle.
Dayna has also been Lead Life Coach for AWAKE Ministries, creating worship services using video, popular songs, and “life coaching talks.” She has presented at the Joseph Priestley District Anti-Racism Conference and the UUA General Assembly, and has written for the Standing on the Side of Love blog.
Dayna is driven by a passion for creating supportive, welcoming faith communities that engage adults, children, and youth in their faith formation.
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