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Lifespan Religious Education

Nourish Your Spirit

Nourish Your Spirit

UUCA’s Religious Education (RE) nurtures the lifelong development of the whole person—body, mind, heart, and spirit—through broad and flexible opportunities for study, exploration, reflection, and spiritual practice.

RE also nurtures the development of a whole community through courses and experiences focused on our relationships, our congregation, our faith movement, and our wider world.

Classes are open and free to visitors, newcomers and UUCA members.

UUCA’s outstanding program of Lifelong Learning and Growth includes:
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Adult Religious Education

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Youth and Children’s Religious Education

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Our Whole Lives

Adult Religious Education

Adult Religious Education (ARE) classes are divided into two categories: Community classes and Sunday classes. Community classes occur throughout the week and feature opportunities to engage in various types of spiritual practices, such as meditation and yoga.

Sunday classes occur after second service on Sundays.  Every Sunday, there are at least two ARE offerings, starting at 12:30 pm. “Sunday ARE in the Sanctuary” features weekly courses on a range of topics (from spirituality, justice, and environmentalism, to money matters and personal wellness). Our classes are taught by UUCA staff and our amazingly talented UUCA membership.

All course offerings are determined and scheduled by the all-volunteer ARE Team. In addition to ARE classes in the Sanctuary, UUCA is pleased to offer the Inquirers program as a support to new members and visitors.

Inquirers

Inquirers is a series of 8 classes offered throughout the year for anyone interested in learning more about our faith and community. The classes begin with an introduction to Unitarian Universalism and UUCA history; provide an overview and discussion about our UUCA programs and ministry; and conclude with a meeting and open discussion with the Senior Minister and Board Chair.

The 8 classes are most effective taken in order.

Youth and Children’s Religious Education

UUCA’s Youth and Children’s Religious Education is designed to support the whole child. Through education in spiritual practices and exposure to different religious traditions, our developmentally appropriate curriculum encourages and supports participants of all ages to connect with their individual journeys to find purpose and meaning.

Youth and children program participants forge lifelong friendships with peers and benefit from intergenerational mentorships with adult leaders.

Sunday morning classes for children ages 3 through 12th grade

Chalice Children, Birth – PreK

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. For more information, visit the UUCA Chalice Children page.

Love Surrounds Us, Grades K-2

Love Surrounds Us explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community. For more information on this curriculum, visit the UUA Love Surrounds page.

Toolbox of Faith, Grades 3-4

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. For more information, visit the UUA Toolbox of Faith page.

Neighboring Faiths, Grades 5-6

Neighboring Faith Communities class supports young people in becoming better citizens by learning about other faith communities, through field trips to those faith communities. Find out more about the Neighboring Faiths curriculum on the UUA website.

Our Whole Lives, Grades 7-8

Our Whole Lives (OWL) provides developmentally appropriate facts about anatomy and human development, and helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. Find more information about OWL and how Unitarian Universalism is leading lifespane sexuality education, visit the UUA OWL page.

Coming of Age, Grades 8-9

Our Coming of Age program helps young people sort out their ethical and religious identity (recognizing that some young people do not feel religious at all), so that they may make rational decisions about the kind of person they want to become.

Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) – Grades 9-12

YRUU takes the spiritual lives of our youth seriously by offering them ways to deepen and explore spiritual practice, to do informed service and social justice action projects together, to develop their leadership skills, and to create bonds that will last a lifetime. For more information, or to enroll a youth (or join…if you are a youth) please email our Youth Coordinator, Ayanna Stringer, at ayanna.stringer@uuca.org.

Our Whole Lives

Our Whole Lives is a series of lifespan sexuality education curricula. UUCA offers developmentally appropriate. classes for students K-12. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives provides facts about anatomy and human development, and helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

The Our Whole Lives program helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas:

The Our Whole Lives program helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas:

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Human Development

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Relationships

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Personal Skills

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Sexual Behavior

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Sexual Health

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Society And Culture

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