2016-2017 Classes (Sept-June)
If you’re interested in teaching any of these classes, please e-mail Tracy Beck, DRE.
Picture Book UU – 9:15 only
Pre-K – Grade 1
Picture Book UU is a curriculum based on the thirty six best picture books for teaching young children about the love, reason, tolerance and good works that are the foundations of Unitarian Universalism and assist in developing a Unitarian Universalist identity.
Free to Believe – 9:15 only
Grade 2 – 3
Free to Believe explores Unitarian Universalist principles and sources while nurturing the emotional, social, and spiritual life of children. The first two thirds of the class uses the UU principles as starting points for exploring values, beliefs, and what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. The last third of the program examines some “big questions” through the perspective of our UU sources. The class offers a wealth of hands-on activities, stories, games, songs and discussions. Children address the conflicts they often face and create an accepting classroom community.
Love Connects Us and Sing to the Power – 9:15 only
Grade 4 – 5
Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another’s search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.
Sing to the Power affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting “powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” Participants experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders.
Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice Maker and Building Bridges – 9:15 only
Grade 6 – 8
Heeding the Call is a social justice curriculum that not only explores linked oppression in our society, but also encourages participants towards personal growth in values that counteract the marginalization of others. Workshops on empathy, courage, abundance, joy, and other qualities ask participants to recognize how these standards can be tools for justice. Additionally, the program includes more concrete tools, such as suggestions on how to be a good ally and tips on the language of conflict resolution. True stories of courage, sacrifice and collaboration, role-plays, games, and a program-long justice project will feed youth’s rising realization that as people of faith we are all called to love justice— not just with our words, but also with our deeds.
Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.
High School Our Whole Lives – 9:00 – 10:55 am only
Grade 10 – 12
The Our Whole Lives curriculum for High School will begin with a parent meeting from 9-10 am on Sunday, September 11, with a shortened class to follow the meeting. Classes will then continue on the 2nd & 4th Sundays (for the most part) of each month through May of 2017 (considerations will be made for youth-cons, youth service, etc). This class will be facilitated by Julie Brown and Dana Stuehling. Interested participants must pre-register for this class and registration will be closed after the September 11 meeting. Click here to learn more about YRUU – the high school youth group that meets on Sunday evenings, 6-8 pm.
Picture Book Bible Stories and Picture Book World Religions – 11 am only
Pre-K – Grade 3
UU author Kate Covey has written Picture Book Bible Stories and has selected the 14 best books that illustrate classic Bible tales that Unitarian Universalist children should know. There are also sessions on introducing the Bible to young children.
Picture Book World Religions is an introduction to Hindu, Islamic, and Buddhist faiths for Kindergarteners thru 3rd Graders. The curriculum includes 15 sessons using engaging children’s pictures books.
Discontinued – You the Creator – 11 am only
Grade 4 – Adult
You the Creator is an activity-based program of creative empowerment and spirituality. It stresses the importance of supporting and affirming each other’s creative abilities and connection to the creative power of the universe. This class will be multi-generational, offering opportunity for engagement and community-building across the ages.