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Goals (Families)

Families is part of the Tapestry of Faith, the lifespan integrated curriculum series developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Embedded in this program is attention to four strands of development: ethical, spiritual, Unitarian Universalist religious identity, and faith development.

Ethical Development

The program is designed to help adolescents:

  • Broaden and deepen their understandings and definitions of families, including the roles and functions of families
  • Explore the meaning of healthy families in a diversity of forms
  • Value each person's individual worth and realize his/her unique perspective as an interpreter of our world and as a teller of our stories
  • Build and foster the ability to understand multiple perspectives
  • Develop the ethics of care and responsibility through the intimate and ethical process of engaging with and representing families

Spiritual Development

The program is designed to help adolescents:

  • Understand and appreciate the emotional, affective, and spiritual dimensions of families
  • Develop a personal sense of values regarding families
  • Deepen spirituality through engagement with others and through their work with artistic media
  • Engage in the shared ministry of focusing—literally and figuratively—on the faces and narratives of congregation members
  • Grow and deepen their naturally compassionate souls
  • Engage joyfully in the creation of art

Unitarian Universalist Religious Identity

The program is designed to help adolescents:

  • Learn more fully that there is no "objective" point of view
  • Understand how the living tradition of the UU faith and its Principles can interpret and guide families
  • Learn how the fundamentals of photography translate to our way of living and interpreting the world in a more general way

Faith Development

The program is designed to help adolescents:

  • Engage as leaders of a project that serves the greater congregation and affirms more deeply their place in interdependent, multigenerational, congregational life
  • Collaborate with peers
  • Experience the roles of photographer/artist and storyteller—visual and/or text—within a faith community

Other Skills

The program is designed to help adolescents:

  • Learn and enjoy the complex process of seeing and interpreting
  • Learn the fundamentals of photography, including framing, point of view, timing, and use of symbols/details
  • Learn the mechanics and art of camera use and the display of photographic images

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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