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 deepen our connection to ourselves, each other , and the larger world, 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 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
Carla Miller, Director of Religious Education
Carla Miller joined the UUCR staff as the Director of Religious Education in August 2018.
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