What is Religious Education?
In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, we value each and every voice. Most precious among them, those of our children and youth. Our world is more complicated, fast paced and full throttle than ever, and the youngest among us have to make sense of it and find their place in it. Our religious education rooms are a place where children and youth are given space to center. We recognize that nurturing the spirit is regenerative, and that using tools like meditation, movement, and art allows for thoughtful processing of matters that are often overwhelming to young people today. Using a framework of curricula that incorporates world religions and traditions, the lessons we teach give context within which our young people can confidently begin to build their own identities and a strong sense of self. We encourage curiosity and welcome diversity in beliefs. At the core of our teaching at Community Church, are the 7 principles of Unitarian Universalism – the first of which is the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.
Why are we so passionate about what we teach? One need only bear witness to a group of little ones carefully, and quietly walking a labyrinth for the first time. Or to listen to a brother and sister respectfully agree to disagree about how they believe the Earth began. Our religious education programs for children and youth are designed to uplift and empower, and to replace fear of the unknown, with teachings about all the different ways there are of being in the world. With spiritual grounding, concrete knowledge, and space for questioning, our young people learn to draw strength from the diversity in a community, and therein realize that they themselves are as critical a part of that strength, as any other.
It is in this spirit that we invite you and your family to come and see what it’s all about!
Peace and Blessings,
Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth
Our 7 Principles: The kid’s version