2017-2018 Religious Education
Water Communion – Our program year kicks off on Sunday, September 10 with Water Communion. This is an all-ages worship service in which attendees bring water from their summer (e.g., from a backyard hose or a lake visited) to contribute to a communal container, symbolizing coming back together as a community and bringing our whole selves, including our recent experiences, with us.
Chalice Children (Ages 4-5) – View the curriculum.
“Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. Early childhood (the years between ages 2 and 5) is filled with curiosity and wonder. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. Their time in Chalice Children can set a pattern for the rest of their lives and bring lasting benefits.”
Class begins in the sanctuary at 10:00am, and participants leave for their classrooms after the Message for All Ages. Class meets in the nursery/room 3 and is led by an adult member of the congregation. Parents/guardians should pick up students at 11:20am.
Moral Tales (Grades 1-3) – View the curriculum.
“Every day our children go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. Moral Tales attempts to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.”
Class begins in the sanctuary at 10:00am, and participants leave for their classrooms after the Message for All Ages. Class meets in room 7 and is led by a member of the congregation, along with a teaching assistant. Parents/guardians should pick up students at 11:20am.
Later in the year, this class shifts to the Faithful Journeys curriculum.
Windows and Mirrors (Grades 4-6) – View the curriculum.
“In spirit, we embrace the contribution of diversity to our collective ability to pursue truth, fairness, justice and love. In practice, however, we often fail to embrace all the experiences and viewpoints in our communities as respectfully or as wholly as we might. Sometimes, we fail to even see differences among us. We seem most prone to gloss over differences when to acknowledge them requires acute self-examination and may lead to pain, shame, discomfort or guilt.”
Class begins in the sanctuary at 10:00am, and participants leave for their classroom after the Message for All Ages. Class meets in room 4 and is led by a member of the congregation, along with a teaching assistant.
Later in the year, this class shifts to the Sing to the Power curriculum.
Affirmation (Grades 7-8) – Affirmation is our “coming of age” program. Participants are paired with an adult member of the congregation who serves as a mentor and guide. Affirmants learn about our Unitarian Universalist heritage, develop deep relationships, complete a community service project, and develop their own statement of faith.
Class begins in the sanctuary at 10:00am, and participants leave for their classroom after the Message for All Ages. Class meets in room 5 and is led by a teaching team of congregational members.
Since this is a committed and intensive class, visitors who are in 7th or 8th grade are invited to attend the full worship service.
Youth Group (Grades 9-12) – Youth grow deeper in Unitarian Universalism, learn about social justice issues, work on community service projects, participate in youth cons, plan the annual youth-led worship service, and have a ton of fun together!
Youth group begins in the sanctuary at 10:00am, and members leave for their classroom after the Message for All Ages. Youth group meets in the youth room downstairs and is led by an advising team of congregational members.
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive, sexuality and relationship education program that was developed by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. OWL supports participants in living their principles and values in relationships and having an empowering perspective about their bodies and sexuality. There are six curricula for different ages: grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, young adult (ages 18-35), and adult (18+). The content for each level is developmentally-appropriate. For instance, the K-1 level covers familial relationships, body parts, and safety, while the adult level covers changes in bodies and relationships that happen throughout adulthood.
NSUC presently only offers the program for middle-schoolers but expects to expand to the elementary, high-school, and perhaps adult levels in the future.
Contact the Education Coordinator for the schedule and a registration form or to ask any questions.