Children and Youth Overview
Welcome to the Fourth Universalist Religious Education page! Below are some helpful questions and answers that we hope are helpful in sharing who we are and what we do. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions (we are available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org) and we hope to see you on Sunday!
NOTE: In order to abide by social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus, our physical space is temporarily closed. Our programming is therefore virtual for the time being. Feel free, of course, to read on below if you would like to find out about our normal programming, but click here if you want to up-to-date information about our current offerings.
Why does Fourth Universalist have a Religious Education program?
Fourth Universalist strives to be a welcoming and enriching spiritual home for everyone, including children and families.
Our Religious Education program exists in order to provide a warm and rigorous UU curriculum for our young people. We believe in empowering students to form positive faith identities, embrace diversity, and work toward social change. We currently serve students 0-18 every Sunday morning.
We know that our young people do not live in a vacuum, but rather as children of families and as participants in our religious community. The members of our families and our community are vital to the survival and success of our religious education program, and we seek to build a program that is, in turn, vital to both our families and our community.
We know that the forces of oppression impact all members of our congregation, including our young people. Because oppression is dehumanizing to all people, the privileged and the oppressed, our religious education program seeks to liberate and empower young people, our congregation, and the wider world.
What is offered, when, and by whom?
Fourth Universalist offers Sunday morning classes for students ages 0-18. After the Time for All Ages, a multigenerational storytelling experience near the beginning of each of our services, our students head to their classrooms, where they spend an hour learning and growing together.
Our classes provide students with a range of stories, games, activities, songs, lessons, and bonding experiences designed to foster community and learning. They are taught by a mix of staff, parent volunteers, and non-parent volunteers.
As Unitarian Universalists, or UUs, we believe in the Seven Principles, which include respect for all people, a commitment to equity, and a strong devotion to our communities and our environment. We draw on Six Sources for spiritual guidance in our individual and collective journeys, absorbing wisdom from the world’s religions and the freedom fighters of the past and present.
In this spirit, the Unitarian Universalist Association provides a series of curricula known collectively as the Tapestry of Faith. At Fourth Universalist, we adapt these curricula to fit the needs of our congregation.
For more information on what students will specifically learn, please click on the tabs for Nursery, Chalice Children, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Youth Group classes.
Where can I find out more?
If you are new to Fourth Universalist and would like more information, if you would like to join our teaching team, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to Ember Kelley, our Director of Religious Education, at email@example.com.
You may also reach out to our Assistant DRE Colin Wulff at firstname.lastname@example.org.