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Children's Religious Education

We are Unitarian Universalists: a people of the open mind, the loving heart, and the helping hands.

We can be your partner in raising your kids the way you want to raise them—kind, respectful, caring, responsible, open-minded, and strong enough to stand up for what is right. A Unitarian Universalist (UU) community reinforces what parents teach at home, nurturing the progressive moral values and spirituality that will guide our children as they grow.

UU children’s programs give kids more resilience, offering support through life’s tough times. Kids learn respect for others and respect for themselves. They learn ways to center themselves and connect with deeper meaning throughout the week, whether it’s by sitting cross-legged and taking a few deep breaths, giving thanks before they eat a meal, or looking up at the stars in wonder. Participation in our children’s programs gives kids a connection with peers that breaks out of the school social scene—one where kids can build genuine friendships across differences.

UUism supports your child’s healthy development, not just spiritually and ethically. For more than forty years our religious education has included sexuality education. The widely-acclaimed Our Whole Lives programs for grades K-1 and grades 4-6 offer age-appropriate, affirming teaching about bodies, reproduction, safety, health, gender, and sexual orientation. We support parents—the primary sexuality educators of their children—with resources to talk with their children in positive and effective ways.

Through story, song, art, movement, discussion, and play, we engage kids with many learning styles and activity levels. Children’s program content varies from congregation to congregation. (Find one near you.) Most have a nursery for babies and toddlers during the service, and all but our smallest congregations offer age-specific programs from preschool on up.

The outcome is more respectful, responsible, and life-loving kids—kids who know they are valued for who they are, with all their gifts and quirks. Engage with a congregation, and explore the sample programs below, to see how it’s done.

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Last updated on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

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