Children & Youth Religious Exploration
Exploring Religion at UUFA
Feel free to visit us any time! Once you’ve visited a few times and are ready to settle in, it’s time to register. We ask that all families register for the RE program each year in order to keep our family contact information updated and also have accurate records about children’s allergies, dietary restrictions, medical concerns, and special needs. Information gathered is used only in direct relationship to UUFA information and is never shared for outside purposes.
Our RE Mission is to provide, through the participation of parents and other members of this congregation, guidance for our children and youth in their personal, ethical, and spiritual exploration, in a safe, nurturing, inclusive, and engaging environment.
Our RE Vision is to continually evolve toward a multi-generational community of aware, centered, and involved individuals who live the values of our faith.
Our Goals for All Ages:
- To promote curiosity and enthusiasm
- To encourage active listening and respectful expression
- To learn from all generations
- To practice tolerance
- To explore the deep mysteries with open minds and hearts
- To become grounded in our Unitarian Universalist values and heritage
- To explore the world’s religions
- To practice environmental and community service
- To learn constructively from our mistakes
- To provide leadership-building opportunities
Our Seven Rainbow Principles:
What do Unitarian Universalist congregations covenant to affirm and promote? Here is a simpler children’s version of our seven Unitarian Universalist Principles, which you can find in their original form at the beginning of our hymnal and each Sunday in our Order of Service. We think the following rainbow version is easier to read and remember, and more fun to look at! Notice that the first letter of each principle is also the first letter of its corresponding color…
1. Respect the importance and value of all beings
2. Offer fair and kind treatment to all
3. Yearn to learn and grow throughout life
4. Grow by exploring ideas and values together
5. Believe in your ideas and act on them
6. Insist on peace, freedom and justice for all
7. Value our interdependence with nature
We explore ethical, spiritual, and religious themes such as love, humility, peace, justice, and life’s meaning through a variety of source material.We encourage children to reflect on their own experiences of awe and wonder, joy and sorrow, and other feelings we encounter in life.
During the course of their time in our religious education program, children will become familiar with Unitarian Universalist history and principles, our Jewish and Christian heritage, diverse world religions and faith traditions, multiculturalism, and our interdependence with other people and nature.
Together we consider and uphold the values, ideas, and actions that constitute our faith. Many of these may be found in our Seven Rainbow Principles and Mission Statement above.
We participate in Social Action and Justice activities.
Our congregation’s members believe in actively caring for our global community. We work to make our world fair and peaceful for all, and to explore possible underlying causes of injustice. Children experience Social Justice as part of the normal activities at our fellowship, and each program encourages children to take age-appropriate leadership roles in this area.
“It Matters What We Believe”
Sophia Lyon Fahs, a dedicated religious educator of the 20th century, spoke these wise words. She further explains:
“Some beliefs are like walled gardens. They encourage exclusiveness, and the feeling of being especially privileged. Other beliefs are expansive and lead the way into wider and deeper sympathies. Some beliefs are divisive, separating the saved from the unsaved, friends from enemies. Other beliefs are bonds in a world community, where sincere differences beautify the pattern. Some beliefs are rigid, like the body of death, impotent in a changing world. Other beliefs are pliable, like the young sapling, ever growing with the upward thrust of life.”
As a UUFA community, we work to nourish these beliefs which affirm and promote lifelong bonds in a beautifully diverse world. With the support and participation of our entire congregation, we strive to provide diverse programming which meets the needs of many different people.