Unitarian Universalist (UU) children’s programs build resilience, offering support through life’s tough times and encouraging each child to connect with their own quest for purpose and meaning. Kids learn respect for others and respect for themselves. They experience spiritual practices and learn ways to center themselves, whether 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. Our programs create peer connections that break the patterns of a school or neighborhood social scene, allowing children to build genuine friendships across differences.
UU religious education is goal-oriented in one way: We seek an outcome of respectful, responsible, life-loving kids who know they are valued for all of who they are and are ready to show others the same deep acceptance. Engage with a congregation near you. Explore the sample programs below. Come and see how it’s done.
Tapestry of Faith
- The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) provides comprehensive, adaptable, and searchable children's curricula online, for congregations to use at no charge. Each Tapestry of Faith program nurtures children in ethics, spirit, faith, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) identity through stories, activities, and social justice projects. Taking It Home and Find Out More sections extend learning for children along with their parents, families, and religious educators. Families can go online from home to explore the ideas and activities the children experience in their religious education program.
- Children's faith development resources in the Tapestry of Faith family include online chapter books about using art and music with children; a Toolkit Book series, including Stories in Faith: Exploring Our UU Principles and Sources Through Wisdom Tales by Gail Forsyth-Vail (available from the UUA Bookstore); and Families: Weave a Tapestry of Faith (the Family pages), a color pull-out in every issue of UU World magazine. Explore Tapestry of Faith resources online.
For more than forty years our religious education has included sexuality education. The widely acclaimed Our Whole Lives programs for offer age-appropriate, self-affirming learning about bodies, reproduction, safety, health, gender, and sexual orientation for grades K-1 and grades 4-6.