We Discover Faith Together, in Our Families
Family—so simple and yet so complicated. In our rapidly changing world, families are under more pressure than ever. When it comes to living life with courage, compassion, and connectedness, all of us could use a little help.
We help families live more balanced, resilient, and joyful lives. And it all begins with the affirmation your family will find in Unitarian Universalism.
To us, family is a big tent. Family means chosen family, family of origin, second family, blended family, adoptive family, extended family. Family means two married men with three cats, a grandmother raising her granddaughter, a single adult with far-flung siblings, and a man and a woman with four kids. We celebrate the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities that families include. We nurture all kinds of families, helping families be resilient and loving.
Our programs for all ages are built on this vision:
All people are lovable beings of infinite worth, imbued with powers of the soul. We are obligated to use our gifts, talents, and potentials in the service of life.
Our sexuality education programs for children, youth, and adults are positive, inclusive, and increase parent-child communication about values.
We help parents talk with children about difficult things, and connect with the soul of parenting.
Faith Development for Families
Religious education can help us grow in faith, at any age. Yet faith development happens outside of our faith communities, too...especially at home. Parents and caregivers are our children's primary religious educators, and not only because we give explanations and advice. Every day, we model attitudes toward faith, meaning, and purpose that children will notice and copy.
We support one another to discover and rediscover a seeking, active faith in the context of our family lives.
- Tapestry of Faith
The first, ever online collection of lifespan curricula for our congregations invites seekers as well as members to engage in faith study at home. Each religious education (RE) program includes stories, activities, worship, and social action ideas to nurture our growth in ethics, spirit, and faith. Parents can go online and read the Tapestry of Faith stories and activities their children experience in RE programs. Taking It Home and Find Out More sections help you explore further.
- Family Pages in UU World
The four-page, themed, pull-out section of UU World magazine draws from stories, activities, and faith development guidance in Tapestry of Faith programs. Edited by Susan Lawrence, the Family pages offer inspiration and ideas to use at home—for parents to share with children, elders to share with grandchildren, and UUs and seekers of all ages to explore.