What We Offer Through the Lifespan
We provide children, youth, and adults an opportunity to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community. Unitarian Universalist religious exploration and life enrichment programs offer all ages:
• Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.
• Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.
• Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.
We have gone virtual because of the COVID Pandemic, but are hopeful to get back to in-person classes and activities as soon as possible. In pre- pandemic times you might have encountered the following:
Religious exploration programs include more than classes. On a Sunday you might find the preschoolers singing songs about kindness, the 2nd graders engaging with a story about loss and bereavement, the 5th graders talking with a Muslim couple about Islam, the 8th graders learning about responsibility in a lesson from our progressive sexuality education program, and the high-school youth raising money for the local homeless shelter. Many programs incorporate social justice activities, worship opportunities, service trips, fellowship, and fun. Our ministers lead many of our congregations’ life enrichment programs. Volunteers from the congregation often lead them, too, as teaching can be a very fulfilling way to deepen one’s own faith. Religious exploration programs for children and youth are typically offered on Sunday mornings; adult programs are usually offered during afternoons or evenings.
Even though we are now virtual, we are striving to continue our plans and goals from when we met person. Our Religious Exploration classes still meet on Sundays. We have combined our 2 youngest classes into Kids Zoom (ages preK-12) and our 2 older youth classes into Teen Zoom (ages 12-18). The 12th year is a pivotal year in the development of a child, and we believe that they should get a choice on which class they feel most comfortable in. Our Kids Zoom class meets from 10-10:30 am before our service, and our Teen Zoom class meets after our service from 12:00-1:00pm. You can learn more about the different classes in the “Religious Exploration for Children and Youth” page.