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Lifespan Religious Education

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!



Resources for Talking with Children About Race & Diversity

Our country and communities are still impacted by prejudice and racism. Starting early with your children in open and honest conversations about race and diversity can foster reflection, open-mindedness, understanding, self-awareness, and response/action over the weeks, months, and years to come. Click on the links below to access online resources to help you in talking with the children in your life about some of the most important issues of our time.


  • "Talking About Race: Start the Conversation" by Aisha Hauser. UUA Blogs, Voices of the Association site. This specific blog is about parents, children, and race.

  • “Talking About Race, Age by Age” by Kara Corridan, from the May 2004 issue of Child Magazine, focuses on what children understand about race and how to talk to them at different ages.

  • “Talking to Our Children About Racism and Diversity” by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund – 1995. This booklet is intended to help parents and children talk together about diversity, as well as racism and other kinds of bigotry. 

  • “A Family Guide to Talking About Race” by Felicia Gomez, Mary Margaret Overbey, Joseph Jones, and Amy Beckrich, A Project of the American Anthropological Association - 2007. This Family Guide serves to advise parents or caregivers on how to talk to their children about race and provides a menu of activities that parents or caregivers can do together with their child. The Guide focuses on young children, ages 3-10 years of age.

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.

 

Talk with the children in your life about race and diversity. Below are several resources to help you start those conversations.
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