2019-2020 is a “Living Our Faith Tradition” year in Religious Education! We are using the following UUA Tapestry of Faith curricula:
Prek-1st Grade Group = “Wonderful Welcome”
The intangible gifts explored in “Wonderful Welcome” are all components of welcoming itself, a core Unitarian Universalist value. This program helps children understand and practice other values central to Unitarian Universalism such as friendship, hospitality, and fairness. It offers children safe, positive and intentional ways to relate to one another, the people in their families, and the world around them as they investigate how they use gifts they can’t see or touch to welcome others into their lives. Each session begins with a Wonder Box that contains a symbol of the session’s theme. The Wonder Box engages the children’s curiosity and encourages a spirit of inquiry and reflection.
2nd-6th Grade Group = “Toolbox of Faith”
“Toolbox of Faith” invites participants 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 16 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). Reflecting on the qualities (tools) of our faith, children and leaders gain insight into what makes our faith important in their lives, and how they can grow in our faith.
7th-9th Grade Group = “Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Education” *
“Our Whole Lives” (“OWL”) helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, “Our Whole Lives” provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.
* Parents/Guardians must attend an orientation session prior to their children participating in this program; “OWL” will be offered 2-3 Sundays/month by UUA-trained facilitators
6th Grade & Up = “Youth Group”
On most non-“OWL” Sundays, middle and high school youth will gather to exercise their hearts, minds, and spirits supported by youth group advisors. The social action and community-building activities will be voted on and planned by the youth.
Of course we incorporate multigenerational worship, social action opportunities, and whole congregation social events as well!
We are always looking for volunteers to help us open our minds, expand our loving hearts, and extend our helping hands in Religious Education and beyond! Contact Director of Religious Education, Darlene Anderson-Alexander, today (darlene.dre.stamford