Religious education takes a lifetime. It happens both within and beyond a congregation’s walls. We support one another as individuals, families, and communities in an ongoing search for truth and meaning. We strive to guide one another—all ages among us—in religious questioning, personal change, and discovering ways to better live in faith.
Transforming Ourselves and Our World
We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, and we believe each of us is responsible and capable to help change the world for the better. Through continually learning and growing together we encourage and support one another, and our children, to know and express our moral agency. From anti-racism and environmental justice to personal spiritual growth, using many formats for learning, Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious education taps the wisdom of diverse Sources. We help one another find grounding and connection with ethics, faith, spirit, and UU identity. We feed the faith development of everyone involved; teachers are learners, learners are teachers.
Tapestry of Faith is the collection of religious education curricula the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) provides online, at no cost, for lifespan faith development in our congregations. Search Tapestry materials by age group, topic, or keyword.
This year we are excited to offer a multigenerational curriculum. As the name implies, all are welcome to join us on Sunday mornings in the purple room.
- July =Gather in Spirit
- August-September=Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures
- October-November= Circle of Trees
- December=seasonal light celebrations
The Beacon Religious Exploration program is pleased to announce two Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for children and youth in the 2018/2019 year. We are still working on confirming our teachers, however we are hoping to offer OWL for Kindergarten and 1st grade in the spring of 2019 and OWL for grades 10 and 11 will be offered in February and March of 2019.
The UUA also supports congregations to provide programs like Coming of Age for middle-school youth, Bridging for young people transitioning out of childhood into young adulthood, and From the High Hill for older adults looking back across their lives.
Faith Development for All Stages of Life
Beyond curricula, materials from the UUA include discussion guides to contemporary books and films, session plans for small group ministry, and single-session, topical programs that can be used in a variety of contexts such as worship, retreat weekends, youth gatherings, lay leadership conferences, and family life. Explore by age and stage:
- Children (Pre-K through Grade 6) (coming soon)
- Younger Youth (ages 11-15)
- Youth (High School-Aged)
- Young Adults (18-35)
- Older Adults
- All Ages and Cross-generational
- Parenting and Families
What Does UU Religious Education Look Like?
Children’s religious education programs are typically offered on Sunday mornings. You might find preschoolers singing a song about making new friends, second graders engaging with a story about loss and bereavement, fifth graders talking with a Muslim couple about Islam, or older youth speaking to the congregation about their plan to raise money for a local homeless shelter.
Religious education programs include more than classes. Programs may incorporate social justice and community service activities, worship opportunities, or creating art to share with the congregation.
Programs for high school youth are usually offered on afternoons or evenings.
Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Directory of Religious Exploration