Recommended Parenting Resources
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bookstore offers many books and resources in the Family Life section. Highlights include:
- Creating Justice Together: Service Projects for Families and Multigenerational Groups belongs to the Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Series provided by the UUA Faith Development Office. Toolkit Books provide background knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance to program and lead UU faith development and to help us explore and live our faith in our congregations, neighborhoods, nation, and world. 99 pp. Edited by Susan Dana Lawrence
- Full Circle: Fifteen Ways to Grow Lifelong Unitarian Universalists Many UU congregations have asked about their members, "Why do they leave?" But Kate Covey asks, "Why do they stay?" She explores 15 common threads that lifelong UUs identified as critical in their commitment to their faith. Covey surveyed and interviewed 82 people, ages 25 to 87, who were raised as UUs. A lifelong UU herself, Covey has been a DRE for over 20 years. 112 pp. By Kate Tweedie Erslev (Kate Covey)
- The Gift of Faith: Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children: Celebrates the importance of religious community, both as a support for parents and as an environment in which the spirituality of children can flourish. Revised edition includes a new preface, a new chapter about the home, and rituals for marking the events in children's lives as religious occasions. 128 pp. By Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar. Find a Discussion Guide (PDF) for The Gift of Faith.
- Nurturing Children and Youth: A Developmental Guidebook belongs to the Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Series. Toolkit Books provide background knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance to program and lead UU faith development and to help us explore and live our faith in our congregations, neighborhoods, nation, and world. 96 pp. By Tracey Hurd
- Tending the Flame: The Art of UU Parenting
In this first-of-its-kind guide to Unitarian Universalist parenting, mother and experienced religious educator Michelle Richards encourages a practical and proactive approach to raising Unitarian Universalist children. Includes information about developmental stages, suggestions for incorporating spiritual practices into family life, teaching the Principles in age-appropriate ways, answering difficult questions on religious matters and dealing with religious disagreements. 200 pp. By Michelle Richards. See a Discussion Guide(PDF) for Tending the Flame.
- The Parent Trilogy: Three Programs for Unitarian Universalist Parents and Other Adults by Roberta and Christopher Nelson. Three adult RE curricula: Being a Unitarian Universalist Parent offers five sessions on theology and real-life child rearing. Parents as Resident Theologians includes six sessions and 12 readings to help parents and kids explore together their beliefs about God, prayer and other religious issues. Parents as Social Justice Educators provides six sessions on values clarification and how to talk about social issues. 104 pp. Published by Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries in 1998.
Online Resources for Parents
- Parents as Spiritual Guides (PDF) is a six-session program for UU parents. The curriculum by Roberta and Chris Nelson helps parents invite spiritual growth into family life with behaviors and rituals that support this dynamic process.
- The Call and Response blog site is offered by the Faith Development Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) to promote dialogue and reflection on 21st century UU faith development. Blogs address topics such as:
- Resources for Families: Enriching the Ground So Faith Can Grow
- Resources for Families…So Faith Can Grow Part II
- Unitarian Universalism: Now Serving 31 Kinds of Families
- Is “Just Do Your Best” Always Good Advice?
- 30 Powerful, Family-Friendly Ways to Love
- Teaching About Ferguson: Not “Optional” for White People
- Talking about Race: Start the Conversation