Children and Youth Overview
Welcome to the Fourth Universalist Religious Education for children and youth!
Below are some helpful questions and answers that we hope give insight into who we are and what we do. And on the link bar to the left, you can find out the specifics of the curriculum we typically offer by age range.
If you are new to Fourth Universalist and would like more information, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Ember Kelley, our Director of Religious Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to welcome you and your family to Fourth Universalist!
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, and our congregation has affirmed the 8th Principle, these principle include respect for all people, a commitment to equity, confronting white supremacy, 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.
At Fourth Universalist, we offer curricula to fit the needs of our congregation, with our 2021-2022 Curriculum being interpreted through our recent adoption of the 8th Principle. Our congregation will be using the Soul Matters Curriculum, which offers monthly themes through which to lead our exploration. You can learn more about Soul Matters here.
For more information on what students will specifically learn, please click on the tabs for Nursery, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Youth Group classes.