Our Religious Education Curriculum
Primary Group (Grades K,1,2)
UU Super Heroes
In UU Super Heroes the children encounter the lives of some remarkable Unitarians, Universalists and Unitarian Universalists who have acted with courage and wisdom while living fully and making the world a better place for others. (Yes, even Superman—or at least an actor who played him—gets into the act.) Over the course of the year, the children discover how to use their own positive “super powers” in daily life, and, in doing so, to grow both spiritually and ethically. In Faithful Journeys, participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action.
Teachers: Pam Galligan, Chung Liang, Vera Linn, Martha Malana, Carol Meyers, Sara Robbins, Bill Scown, and Meredith Vandre.
Elementary Group (Grades 3,4,5)
Timeless Themes introduces the rich biblical literature central to our UU heritage. 34 sessions with Bible stories, creative games and activities. Introduces children to religious literature that is central to North American culture and to Unitarian Universalist heritage. The Bible stories are taught from the perspective of UU values. The violence in the stories is not avoided, but recognized and used to guide participants toward an understanding of non-violent ways to resolve conflicts. Includes a glossary of biblical terms, resources and handouts.
Teachers: Jaime Andersen, Jodi Brown, Lesley Ronson Brown, Becky Hruby, Jennifer Klein, Jessica Litterfield, Geoff Pynn, and Shawn Thornton.
Spring Project (K-Grade 5)
In April and May of 2017, grades K through 5th will join in a special project together.
Junior High Group (Grades 6,7,8)
Compass Points is a curriculum which guides adolescents on a yearlong spiritual journey with opportunities to explore their identities, their beliefs, their Unitarian Universalist faith, their relationships with others and their connections to the world. Compass Points is a UU curriculum that leads middle-schoolers on a travel journey to all directions. Traveling North looks at concepts of belief and authority; this “opens the diversity of UU belief and how it is formed.” Traveling East “ponders issues of transition, dying and living.” Traveling South is “an active look at Unitarian and Universalist history and emphasizes the ongoing struggle for religious freedom.” And Traveling West “looks at how we, as Unitarian Universalists, act in the world and what the consequences of our actions are.”
Teachers: Kim McDuffee Dotson, Griffin Johnson, Kate JOhnson, and Jenny Montgomery.
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) (Grades 9-12)
In YRUU, youth and adult advisors work together to build community, develop youth leadership, and engage in worship and social action. Our youth develop ties to our area congregations and wider UU youth movement by attending district YRUU conferences.
YRUU has also elected to be a part of Habitat for Humanity Service Project, which includes fundraising events, planning meetings, and training sessions which culminate in a ten-day out-of-state trip in July of each year. Advisors lead the youth to take greater leadership in their own learning, and to select and discuss topics relevant to Unitarian Universalism and the greater world.
Additionally, topics relevant to healthy adolescent development, decision-making, and relationships are also addressed. Together, these programs give our youth the opportunity to deepen their religious and moral understandings and bring their beliefs and values to bear on the world. As such, youth may become members of UUSG with limited voting privileges.
Teachers: Jenny Benjamin, Nancy Christensen, Mary Margaret Jonke, Elba Karim, Andy Montgomery, Bill Pokorny, and Tom Zimmerman.