Message for Summer 2017

Summer RE is about Community, Conversation and Playtime, led by Kathy or Rebecca. We begin in the sanctuary, and after the first hymn move to the RE classrooms. Babies and toddlers are cared for by our wonderful childcare providers. Kindergarten thru 5th graders enjoy worship circle, games, crafts and conversation. Preschoolers may choose which group they prefer each morning. Middle School Youth are invited to team with the adults and be the assistants. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to continue to build their community connection to QUUF in a relaxed, informal way. Visitors and grandchildren are welcome. If you would like more information, contact Kathy Stevenson, 379-0609.

Our Religious Education curriculum classes are at the 9:15 am service. Children attending at 11:15 will be supervised by our teen childcare providers. (In the summer months, when there is one service, Summer RE takes place at 10 am.) Children begin each service with their families in the sanctuary.

Our age groupings are as follows:

  • childcare for children under age 3
  • Preschoolers – Chalice Children
  • Kindergarten-2nd grade – Treasure Hunters
  • 3-5th grade – Wisdom Seekers
  • 6-8th grade – Pathfinders
  • 9-12th graders – YRUU (Young Religious UUs) – meets Sundays 6-8 pm

All groups participate in activities that relate to our seven UU Principles. We explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist, including the history of the religion. We study other religions of the world, intrigued both by the differences between them and the common threads of kindness and hope. Peace and Justice hold a prominent place in our studies and activities. We emphasize how we express our religion in our daily lives.

Each fall we begin with a focus on Unitarian Universalist Identity. We study the 7 Principles and 6 Sources. We learn about Unitarians and Universalists from the past, and invite guests from the congregation to class. We ponder the religious questions of life and death, Where did we come from? and How shall we live our life? From January to June we focus on one of these areas: Peace and Justice and the Interdependent Web, Our Jewish and Christian Heritage, World Religions.

Throughout the year, the Religious Education Committee coordinates with the larger Fellowship in social action that promotes our Principles. By putting our beliefs into action we affirm and promote our UU religion.