A primary purpose of religion—and religious education—is just this: to nurture all that is right and good in us; to help us to be our best selves.
From childhood through adulthood, Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious education grounds us in our values, bonds us together in community, teaches us what our souls need to know, and inspires us to bring more peace, justice, and love into the world.
Grounded in the Unitarian story of freedom, reason and tolerance, and the Universalist story of faith, hope, and love, we teach that no one person, philosophy, or religion holds all the truth. We respect the diverse paths of religious experience and celebrate the diversity of humankind. We teach the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, so we work for justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. We teach that we are all moral agents, capable of making a difference in the world, challenging structures of social and political oppression, promoting the health and well-being of the earth. We take seriously the Golden Rule and the conviction to let our lives preach louder than our words.
We believe faith is a journey we travel throughout our lives. When faith means a journey, beliefs can change; values can deepen; understandings can broaden. (Excerpted from the Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide.)
Unitarian Universalism provides all ages with an opportunity to explore the world and reflect on their own experiences in a nurturing community as they develop their own beliefs and meet their spiritual needs. Learn more about our offerings for young children (through grade 5), older children (through grade 8), youth (grades 9-12), young adults (18-35), and adults.
For all ages, we emphasize:
Religious education programs include more than classes. On a Sunday you might find the preschoolers singing songs about kindness, the 2nd graders engaging with a story about loss and bereavement, the 5th graders talking with a Muslim couple about Islam, the 7th graders learning about responsibility in a lesson from our progressive sexuality education program, and the high-school youth raising money for the local homeless shelter. Many programs incorporate social justice activities, worship opportunities, service trips, fellowship and fun. Professional religious educators administer many of our congregations’ lifespan programs. Parents and other members of the congregation often lead them, too. Teaching can be a very fulfilling way to deepen one’s own faith.
Children’s religious education programs are typically offered on Sunday mornings, and high school youth and adult programs are usually offered on afternoons or evenings.
Congregations are free to choose what programs they offer, so you’ll find a different mix at each congregation you visit. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) provides faith development resources through the Tapestry of Faith series. Additional resources, available from the UUA Bookstore, include our expanding series of Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Books and materials to lead Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education programs.
To experience Unitarian Universalism firsthand, we invite you to visit a congregation near you!
For more information contact religiouseducation @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Thursday, February 27, 2014.
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