Welcome to Religious Exploration (RE) and Faith Development at CUUC! Our theme in RE this year is Belonging and Beliefs, to honor the many beliefs we hold and affirm that those who seek a welcoming and caring community will find it here.
“Belonging is the invitation to be your full self … to learn, live, and love, to be honored, encouraged, and allowed to develop as you and as part of the group…” – Victor Cary
“Belonging happens when people feel safe, seen, and accepted” – Christine Wong Yap
“Belonging is tiered and stratified.” – Dr. Imani Perry, 2023 Ware Lecture at UUA General Assembly
We will explore what these statements mean and identify how we can be individuals and a community that invite belonging in the fullest sense. We celebrate the beautiful diversity of many religious traditions, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages and abilities. This is especially important as we live in a time when intolerance and hate are boldly visible. We respond by practicing interacting through our differences with compassion and kindness. We respond by working for justice. We respond by building beloved community that honors and celebrates the richness of our beliefs, identities, and experiences.
We offer parents and caregivers resources to support you as your young person’s primary educator. And, we cultivate multigenerational community through learning, action, and social activities. Stay up to date by receiving the weekly RE newsletter (sign up here; read past Issues here) and weekly CUUC e-Communitarian (sign up here; read past issues here). Find the upcoming schedule of activities online here.
My husband and I joined CUUC after not practicing the faiths that we were raised with for many years. We so appreciate the ethical and spiritual grounding that the religious education program has given our children. Serving as volunteer teacher has also been rewarding and joyful.
– Christine H.
Sunday Mornings, PreK – 12th Grade
Sept 2023~June 2024
Read the weekly RE newsletter for information about classes and activities this week.
Sunday mornings, we offer a mix of classes, youth group, chapel, whole congregation worship, and special programs such as PlaceKeeping, UU the Vote, and social justice learning and action.
Childcare, 9:45-11:45am (every Sunday)
Childcare is available every Sunday for young children. We offer a safe, loving, and engaging environment. Children play on the outdoor playground when weather permits. Our childcare staff is composed of Diane Keller, Hans Elsevier, and Willow Cox.
Childcare for Meetings: Parents and caregivers may contact Diane directly to coordinate childcare when you will participate in Sunday meetings and need extended hours. Please contact her by Wednesday before the meeting. You may email Diane at email@example.com.
Classes, 10:00-11:15am (2-3 times each month)
A World of New Friends is a curriculum designed to pique a child’s curiosity by using stories, art, drama and song to introduce our youngest children to the many truths and many faiths that richly color our earth and enrich our lives. Lessons include imaginary classroom members to introduce world religions and many beliefs. The teaching team includes Laura Sehdeva, Irene Cox, and Enid Press.
Passport to Spirituality is a curriculum that explores the spiritual practices of world religions. This curriculum teaches children not just about world religions, but how world religions can enable them to gain wisdom and develop their own spirituality. Participants in this class will “travel the world.” At each country the children visit, they receive a passport sticker, learn about a religion, engage in a spiritual practice, and pick up a souvenir to take home. The teaching team includes Norm Handelman, Christine Haran, Christine Wekilsky, and Amy Connors.
The Questing Year curriculum engages participants in quests to develop an understanding of UU religious identity, our CUUC community, and their own spirituality. It also cultivates a commitment to social justice and acceptance of diversity. The teaching team includes Laura Goodspeed, Matthew Darnall, and Amy Nathan.
The Coming of Age year is a rite of passage as participants explore theology, spirituality, and religious history. Youth are paired with mentors who support them as they explore their beliefs and reflect on their spiritual journey at this point in their lives. The year culminates with the Coming of Age ceremony that includes the youth sharing their unique faith statements. The teaching team includes Kate Colson, Emily Economou, Nicholas Aska, and Tim Lynch. Additional mentors include Betsy Walkup, Erin Foster, Denise Tomlinson, Barry Litkofsky, Tori Weisel, Sarah Carr, Jared Economou and Mohammed Loutfy.
The Global Spiritual Traditions/Neighboring Faiths curricula provide youth with the experience of exploring diverse religions and spiritual practices through discussion, guest speakers, and visits to houses of worship and sacred sites. Participants build an appreciation for the diversity of followers within every faith, as they continue on the path of their own faith development. The teaching team includes Cyndi Tillman, Daniel Tillman, Gail Johnston, Gus Caro and Ryan Kirk.
Beyond Sunday Mornings
8th-12th Grade Youth Group
Youth Group is a place where youth can explore, connect, and grow. Place of Wholeness offers an opportunity to explore our Universalist roots of hope, love and faith, and our Unitarian roots of tolerance, reason, and freedom. Popcorn Theology is a curriculum based on clips from movies and issues they raise in relation to UU values. The Fifth Dimension is a curriculum based on Twilight Zone as a pioneer in tackling diverse social and political issues on tv.
Social Events for all ages
Each month, we have fun community building activities for all ages. Join us for game nights, sing-a-longs, dance parties, picnics and more! Consult our calendar for dates.
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