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Religious Educators & Teachers

Professional Religious Education Credentialing

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) works with people seeking credentialing as professional Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious educators. In coordination with UUA district staff, the Religious Education (RE) Credentialing Office helps religious educators with professional development, settlement, and employment issues.

Teaching and Facilitating

The Faith Development Office provides many resources for teachers, facilitators, and religious education leaders. Here are suggestions of resources created by the Unitarian Universalist Associations, UU religious educators, and others working in the field of religious education with perspectives from various faiths.

Tapestry of Faith Curricula

UUA-developed, flexible programs for children, youth, adults, and multigenerational groups provide stories, activities, and ideas for Religious Education (RE) time and to extend faith development into the home, community, and wider world. Online for religious educators to use at no charge. Browse curricula by age group, topic, or key word.

More UUA Resources for RE

  • The Multicultural Growth and Witness staff group of the UUA provides extensive programming resources for faith development and social justice that intentionally and fully welcome the many aspects of identity children, youth, and adults bring.

Philosophy and Applied Theory

Essex Conversations: Visions for Lifespan Religious Education
More than 30 religious educators discuss the role of and priorities for RE in our faith movement.

Full Circle: Fifteen Ways to Grow Lifelong UUs
Religious educator and lifelong UU Kate Covey surveyed other lifelong UUs, exploring common threads in their commitment to our faith.

The Soul Only Avails: Teaching as a Spiritual Act
Rev. Barry Andrews, 2011 Angus MacLean award recipient, articulates spiritual benefits of teaching RE.

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life
Parker Palmer describes how teaching enriches both student and teacher.

Worship with Children

Come Into the Circle: Worshipping with Children
Michelle Richards' collection offers readings, song suggestions and ways to worship and welcome children in your congregation.

Come Sing a Song with Me
The UU Musicians Network's songbook presents 25 of the most popular, accessible songs from Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey for families, summer camps, religious education, and multigenerational worship.

Adapting Small Group Ministry for Children (PDF, 63 pages)
In this Tapestry of Faith resource by Gail Forsyth-Vail, eight sample sessions model integrating a worship service for school-age children and junior youth with age-group reflection and activities.

Stories for All Ages

Stories are central to Tapestry of Faith, and dozens are now available online. See a list of Tapestry of Faith stories, or Search for a story by age group, topic, or keyword.

Two award-winning story collections by Elisa Pearmain, Doorways to the Soul: 52 Wisdom Tales from Around the World and Once Upon a Time: Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying, guide teachers to choose, tell, and process a story with a message.

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For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.