Religious Education Program for Children and Youth
From September 2019 – June 2020, BRUU has an active program of Religious Education for Children and Youth.
To help students and parents find their way, we have colored paths on the floors that lead to the classrooms.
“Explorers” Ages 4-7
Room 302/4: Picture Book World Religions & Spirit Play World Religions
A typical Sunday morning begins with a moment of quiet to center, chalice lighting and joys and concerns. The group shares a story and then is given freedom to choose from a variety of activities including: arts and crafts, yoga and body movement, music, dress up, quiet contemplation, science and the Explorers library.
Stewardship is an important component of our community, so clean up time is shared equally among participants. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join the group at 11:10 am to share a snack and a recap of the morning.
Our Stories come from:
- Spirit Play, learning the values and traditions of Unitarian Universalism
- Wonderful Welcome, in which children identify intangible gifts such as friendship, mutual caring & helping
- OWL: Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education, (Feb-March) Kindergarten-Second grade program focuses on healthy self image, establishing boundaries and the different types of families our children may encounter. A mandatory parent meeting will take place on Sunday January 19 to discuss the curriculum and any questions. You may contact our Director of Religious Education at any time regarding the OWL program.
Our intention is that by the end of this year regular participants in the Explorers group
- will be able to talk about the UU Principles and values in their own language
- have experienced a safe environment and met trusted adults
- built relationships among peers
- experienced leadership roles
- and feel a connectedness to and responsibility for their church community.
“Questers” Ages 8-10
Room 208: Holidays and Holy Days
Fall: Toolbox of Faith will allow children to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith.
Each of the sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight).
Spring: Sing to the Power, which 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.
A typical Sunday morning begins with a centering moment, chalice lighting and joys and concerns. Each session includes active games, hands on arts, bonding activities.
Our intention is that by the end of this year regular participants in the Questers group:
- will be able to talk about Unitarian Universalist values in their own words
- to be able to describe actions they can take as individuals to influence their community.
- will have strengthened relationships with all ages
- begin to recognize ways they can participate in the church community
“Seekers” Ages 11-13
Room 305/7: Neighboring Faiths
This year, the Seekers will be embarking on a year of self directed study of history, heritage and identity of Unitarian Universalism.
We will explore:
- Unitarian Universalist Principles & Sources
- Themes in UU History
- Influential persons in our shared history
- Contemporary Unitarian Universalists who are shaping our future
- Storytelling through short film-making, arts, music, drama and more!
Our intention is that by the end of this year regular participants in the Seekers group will:
- feel confident in their knowledge of Unitarian Universalism
- be able to discuss social issues and offer ideas for progress
- reflect on the contributions of UU individuals and how their words & actions demonstrate UU values
- participate in the larger church community
- continue to build relationships multi-generationally
Coming of Age (rising 9th graders)
and Senior YoUUth (10th-12th grades)
The Coming of Age year is a Unitarian Universalist ritual that allows our transitioning youth to examine and define their current faith beliefs. BRUUs Senior Youuth will explore the Place of Wholeness curriculum. Mentors will help participants build their faith through direct experience.
The Coming of Age and Senior Youuth will share:
- Sunday Mornings: Often meeting as one group
- Retreats: Rituals & Spiritual Practices, Rites of Passage
- On-sight Overnight
- Senior Teas: A BRUU favorite that invites multigenerational interaction
- Saturday Socials: Outings with the Junior High youth
- RE Wide Social Justice Work: Leading the efforts of being LGBTQ Allies by all children and youth
- Youuth Service: Creation and execution of a Worship Service
- Coming of Age-Bridging Service, recognition and celebration
The offer to join BRUU membership is offered after this year.
Our intention is that upon completion, participants with regular attendance will build upon their prior experiences and:
- be able to articulate their current faith beliefs
- express discernment & non-violent communication
- have strengthened personal spiritual practices
- have developed leadership and mentoring skills in the church and the community
- be able to demonstrate their faith in action
REGISTER using this Registration Packet