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Religious Education: Ongoing, for Everyone

In Unitarian Universalism, religious education is a lifetime enterprise that happens both within and beyond a congregation's walls. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) provides curricula for all age groups, professional leadership, and an array of resources to support individuals and communities in an ongoing search for truth and meaning, a lifelong exploration of faith.  


Whatever its topical focus--anti-racism, social justice, personal spiritual growth, UU history, or another topic--and whatever the format of learning, an experience in UU religious education invites participants to grow in ethics, faith, spirit, and UU identity.

Tapestry of Faith is the collection of religious education curricula the UUA provides online, at no cost, for lifespan faith development in our congregations. Programs adapt to the structures and goals of a congregation's religious education program as well as other contexts such as worship, retreat weekends, youth gatherings, lay leadership conferences, etc.  

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Our Whole Lives is the UUA's award-winning series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1grades 4-6grades 7-9grades 10-12young adults (ages 18-35), and adults.

Faith Development for All Stages of Life

Faith development is both an impetus for and an outcome of UU religious education; growth in faith is something Unitarian Universalists experience both individually and together. The UUA has created curricula and other resources that feed the faith development of leaders as well as learners. Many programs are offered online, at no charge, as part of the Tapestry of Faith family of lifespan curricula. Search by age group:

Religious Educators & Teachers

Many Unitarian Universalist congregations employ a professional religious educator. In almost all UU faith communities, some religious education is led by lay volunteers. The UUA supports professional and lay religious educators (including parents). For example, the UUA Bookstore offers Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Books that introduce the stages of faith development in children and youth; wisdom stories to share in religious education, worship, or family time to open reflection and conversation on faith topics; transformative social justice projects for family groups and for youth; and more.

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Last updated on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

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"Celebrating Tapestry of Faith" (2013) shows the UUA's new, comprehensive religious education in action and unpacks the outcomes-driven, faith-grounded approach on which all Tapestry of Faith programs for children, youth, adults, and multigenerational groups are based. Six-and-a-half minute video.

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