Our Religious Exploration programs encourage inquiring minds, builds self-identity, and instills a mindset that motivates the children’s thoughts and actions beyond Sunday mornings. We strive to provide our children with an environment that elicits compassion, empowerment, and self-reflection, as well as promotes justice, acceptance, and a desire to seek and speak their truth! We teach the kids about their inherent responsibility to advocate and put forth action that creates visible change, as a vital addition to simply lending an ear, a hand, and a shoulder to cry on.

Our Religious Exploration programs are values-based and are designed to enrich the spiritual lives of children, youth, and families. We strive to help one another grow in spiritual practice, deepen understanding and respect for our religiously diverse world, and live UU principles in daily life. We encourage parents and guardians to ask questions, visit classrooms, and participate in a variety of programs to support spiritual growth. We look forward to working with you to nurture the spiritual lives of our children and youth!

2021-2022 Religious Exploration

CartUUns Is Back!

Every other week, starting September 26th
10am-11am

The popular CartUUns curriculum is returning to Beacon, with a new combined format! K-5th graders will be able to come to Beacon or stay on Zoom at home while they discuss and make crafts based around Pixar and Disney shorts, all while learning UU and Life values that will be incredible additions to their toolbox. Taught with Alexei Besser-Gilbert in the classroom and Stephanie Van Belle collaborating on Zoom

Meeting ID: 838 6517 8451
Passcode: beacon510
 

Craft Bags For Families on Zoom

Similarly to last year, we will be providing craft bags with supplies for families staying home. If you usually come to church and choose to join us on Zoom one week, we will have extra supply bags for you!
 
You can pick up your craft bags from Alexei at the Beacon office. His office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10am-3pm. We know these are difficult hours for many working parents, so feel free to email Alexei at office@beaconuu.com or Stephanie at fabarette@gmail.com to coordinate a later pickup at the church or another convenient place.
 
As a baseline, you should have these supplies available for your child:
Scissors
Crayons
Craft Glue
Glue Sticks
Tape
Markers
Colored Pencils
Black Sharpie
Pencils
Paint and Pant Supplies
 
If you can’t get a hold of any supplies needed for the week, email Alexei at office@beaconuu.com or Stephanie at fabarette@gmail.com.
 


Catch up on the latest Religious Exploration News for Children below:

  • RE Resources for Middle/High School October 2020
        Religious Exploration for Middle/High School Youth ~Beacon at Home~   For Middle School/Junior High(and older or slightly younger, as appropriate), we’ll be collaborating on another Imagine-RE program called The Fifth Dimension. Through classic Twilight Zone episodes (created by Unitarian Rod Serling), we’ll explore social and political issues relevant to youth. Students become deeply engaged in the topics and engrossed in the ...
  • RE Resources for Children October 2020
        Our Religious Exploration Program for Children and Families Religious Exploration for Children ~Beacon at Home~   September 2020 – CARTUUNS For our younger kids (K-5, and younger as appropriate), we have chosen CARTUUNS, which explores UU values and principles through Disney and Pixar short films, such as the award-winning “La Luna.” We’ll be screen sharing through ZOOM with families from both churches. 10:00 ...
  • RE Resources for Middle/High School September 2020
        Religious Exploration for Middle/High School Youth ~Beacon at Home~   September 2020- The Fifth Dimension  For Middle School/Junior High(and older or slightly younger, as appropriate), we’ll be collaborating on another Imagine-RE program called The Fifth Dimension. Through classic Twilight Zone episodes (created by Unitarian Rod Serling), we’ll explore social and political issues relevant to youth. Students become deeply engaged in the topics ...
  • RE Resources for Children September 2020
        Our Religious Exploration Program for Children and Families Religious Exploration for Children ~Beacon at Home~   September 2020 – CARTUUNS For our younger kids (K-5, and younger as appropriate), we have chosen CARTUUNS, which explores UU values and principles through Disney and Pixar short films, such as the award-winning “La Luna.” We’ll be screen sharing through ZOOM with families from both churches. 10:00 ...
  • RE Resources for August 6th
      Our Summer Religious Exploration Program for Children and Families Religious Exploration for Children ~Beacon at Home~   August 2020- You, the Creator We’ll be taking a break from structured RE lessons online until September 14, when we’ll be launching an exciting collaboration for our elementary and middle school youth with the Granite Peak UU Church in Prescott, AZ. More details to ...
  • RE Resources for July 19th ~ Wonder World:  Nature, Science and the Interdependent Web
    Summer is a time to get outside and to explore our environment. And we can still do that, even with the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.  Each week, we’ll offer an activity that gets you outside and gets your hands dirty, and one that explores science from a UUKids perspective.  For July 19th, we will be doing a guided meditation, reading a story, watching a few videos on the science of trees and then getting out amongst them!

Complete Religious Exploration Archives