Religious Education

minkidSummer 2014
The theme for the summer is an introduction into World Religions to get us primed for the new church year where we will delve deeper into the World Religions subject.

Pre-K will join the Nursery for open play. K-5 graders will be using A World of New Friends curriculum where the children will be introduced to the basic tenants of the Roman Catholic, Islam, Native American Spirituality, and Buddhist religious beliefs by learning about the lives of children their age. The 6-12 graders will be using What Do We Believe curriculum where the youth are introduced to other religions by acting out scenarios involving and discussing important life and faith questions.

Starting in September
Religious Education (RE) occurs for children and youth during the second service. There is a nursery and a preschool room. For school-age kids there are rooms for age groups 5-9, 9-12, and 12-18. Children are also welcome to sit in the service with their parents.

Each Sunday, the RE classes join the congregation for the beginning of the service to enjoy a Story for All Ages. After which, the classes are released to their classrooms for an hour of lessons and activities. Every 5th Sunday, RE for ages 5-18 will be held in the Chapel for lessons and activities on Social Justice or a Children’s Chapel celebration.

Check out the BRUU Family Ministries BRUU Family Ministries 2014-2015 Schedule of Events-revised

About Our Children and Youth Ministry

At BRUU, we strive to help our children, youth, and their families grow spiritually with lives filled with compassion and wholeness. Through our Sunday morning Religious Education programs and a variety of family fellowship opportunities, we seek to cultivate in our children both a love of liberal religious life and a sense of belonging in a wider faith community.

Each week, children, youth, and adults gather in classrooms and the sanctuary to question, explore, observe, and imagine. Sunday mornings at BRUU are opportunities for children and adults to come together to share in exploration of our liberal religious heritage, our common values, and our individual journeys toward truth. Our goal is to cultivate and sustain in our young people a love of the spiritual life, a foundation for personal theology, and a confidence in their ability to be stewards of their own souls.

Our Religious Education Program is one that:

  • Introduces children to beliefs and celebrations of a variety of religious traditions and values
  • Explores UU purposes and principles and how they relate to children’s lives
  • Provides opportunities to explore and develop religious thoughts and beliefs in a loving and supportive environment
  • Promotes the care and well-being of people of all ages through multigenerational services and special events

In order to ensure that our children are well grounded in the many different aspects of our religious tradition, we have chosen three basic areas of religious education content with which we want our children to be familiar. We call these areas Pillars: Unitarian Universalist Identity, World Religions, and Judeo-Christian Heritage. Running with a three year cycle, we focus on one pillar each year. Using this approach, our children can build on what they have already learned without structured learning becoming obviously repetitive

Story for All Ages

RE students start their Sunday experience in the Sanctuary with the congregation where a story with UU themes is narrated to all. The students are then released to their classrooms.

2013-2014 RE Curriculum

Last year, RE focused on Unitarian Universalist identity through lessons and activities exploring the 7 Principles, famous UUs, and stories of UU experiences.

3-5 yrs old: Story Time

A literature based curriculum focusing on relationships, feelings, and holidays. Concepts are explored through stories and activities.

5-9 yrs old: Picture Book Unitarian Universalism

Explores all 7 UU principles through stories and activities. Emphasis on UU values and history. This curriculum will be supplemented by Holidays and Holy Days, allowing the children to explore a variety of holidays.

9-12 yrs old: The Questing Year

This curriculum has four components throughout the year. The UU quest which helps foster UU identity; the Action Quest which works toward an understanding of social action and justice; the Inner Quest which helps to identify and develop personal spiritual practices as well as discovering differences and similarities; and the Mystery Quest, which further explores spiritual practices and discovering beliefs.

12-18 yrs old: Neighboring Faiths and Compass Points:

The senior youth curriculum this year focuses on learning through discovering and further developing a UU identity, as well direct experience of other faith traditions through lessons and field trips to a variety of houses of worship.

Fifth Sundays

All RE age groups will join in the BRUU Chapel for lessons and activities on Social Justice or a celebration of special events with Children’s Chapel.

Director of RE

Lara Proffit (starting August, 2014)
dre@bruu.org

RE Council

Religious Education activities, including Adult RE, are coordinated by an RE Council
Joanne Balint (chair)
re.council@bruu.org

Childcare Coordinator

Elizabeth Hunt
childcare@bruu.org

Volunteer Opportunities

Lead and Assistant Teachers:  Part of a team leading students in discussion and activities related to the established curriculum.

Sunday Superintendent: Supervises general operation of RE activities each Sunday.

Nursery Volunteers: Provide childcare for children 0-3 years old.

Please contact the Director of RE or visit the RE table in the Fellowship Hall after service.