Religious Education Class Offerings 2018 – 2019
Most Sunday mornings will find the children and youth starting their morning in the main hall enjoying the rituals of our faith – chalice lighting, singing hymns and a Wonder Box story, geared for littler ears but enjoyed by all! From there, the congregation will sing them off to their classes for religious education and faith formation. Classes run from the time they arrive in the classroom (which can vary from week to week depending on what is happening in the service) and end at 11:45. Below are descriptions of the curriculum by grade level. The nursery is available for children ages 0 – 2 on regular class Sundays and 0 – 4 on Sundays when there is no Religious Education.
UU Identity for Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1 – 5
Our Pre-K/Kindergarten class (ages 3, 4, 5 and 6 if the child is still in Kindergarten) will be learning all from the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curricula “Chalice Children” written by Katie Covey. This beloved curricula 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.
The Lower Elementary Class (grades 1 – 3) will spend time learning from one of the DLRE’s favorite curricula. “Tool Box of Faith, “ also written by Katie Covey invites participants to reflect on 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.
The Upper Elementary class (grades 4 & 5) will spend half the year learning from the Harry & UU curricula based on the popular Harry Potter series and written by Karen Hager. DeLaura Padavan will join the children again for the second half of the year facilitating the Elementary Our Whole Lives (OWL) program. This class will run from the end of January 2019 through March and will require parents to attend the parent orientation.
UU History for Grades 8 & 9
Currently there is no one year-long curricula for MS UU History, which is why Chris Johns will be gathering lessons from various sources, including and her own, Time Chalice series, which teaches UU history through skits and Sheila Schuh’s “Who’s Who in UU History?” which highlights the contributions of people of color.
This year, the RE program is proud to offer Adult RE, Youth Group, Coming of Age and new Young Adult group. Members of the Youth Group (High School students ages 14 – 19) and their advisors meet from 12:00 – 2:00 in the High School room (aka the “Couch Room”). Coming of Age (grades 8 & 9) will meet in the Middle School room on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, alternating with the Young Adult Group who will meet on the first and third Sundays. Adult RE classes will meet from 12:30 – 2:30 in the Main Hall. Childcare during the Adult RE classes is available upon request only. Please check announcements for scheduling and additional class information.