Welcome to the UUFF Lifespan Religious Education program! Most every Sunday you will find opportunities for members of all ages to explore their own unique spiritual paths, as well as what it means to be part of a UU community. Sunday classes focus on our UU principles, ethical decision-making, our Judeo-Christian heritage, world religions, social justice, science, the environment and other topics related to the world we all inhabit.
Our children’s classes meet during the service from 10:30 – 11:30 and are taught by a cooperative of caring volunteers. If you are interested in working with these wonderful kids, either as teacher or assistant, please contact our Director of Religious Education (aka DRE), Chris Johns at mschrisdre@gmail. This year’s class offerings include:
Nursery: Our littlest members (ages 0-2) enjoy free play in a safe, caring environment. Miss Nancy loves her babies!
Pre-K/K: Children ages 3, 4 and 5 (or 6 if the child is still in Kindergarten) will be using the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith “Chalice Children” Curricula this year. The lovely curricula gently introduces the students to the UU principles, sources and the qualities that we strive to embody here at the Fellowship.
Lower Elementary: Grades 1 – 3 will be studying UU History using the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith “Faithful Journeys.” It is so exciting to see these children connect the dots – from themselves to historic Unitarians and Universalists and back again!
Upper Elementary: Our 4th and 5th graders are enjoying a blended year. Approximately every other week, from now through January, experienced OWL (Our Whole Lives) instructor, DeLaura Padovan and her trusty – and equally experienced – assistant, Steve Slominski meet with the children to facilitate this comprehensive, age appropriate sex-ed program. The other Sundays find our students at Hogwarts! Yes, you heard correctly. And guess what? They are OWL students there, too! Ordinary Wizard Level, of course!
Middle School: Grades 6 – 8 are spending this year as Padawans, also known as Jedi Trainees as we explore the exciting and super cool curricula, “Jedi Academy.” Need I say more?
After-Service Programming (aka SoupRE Sundays!)
We hold several “after service” programs throughout the year. Members of the Youth Group (High School students ages 14 – 19) and participants in our Adult RE classes are invited to gather in the hall for “Soup-RE Sunday” time, which is lunch and conversation at noon before heading off to class. The Youth meet from 12:30 – 2:00 in the “Couch Room.” Adult RE meets from 1:00 – 2:30 either in the Board room or the Main Hall. Childcare during class is available upon request.
The current Adult RE offering (September 18th – November 13th) is Build Your Own Theology. Registration for that class is now closed. Please see below for upcoming classes. All Adult classes require registration and some may require a fee to pay for the cost of materials. For more information about any of these classes, or to register, please be in touch with our DRE, Chris Johns, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Day Workshop “Extreme Self Care” with guest facilitator, Marcia Grimsley,
Adults and Youth grades 9 – 12 are welcome to participate
1/8/17 – 1/29/17
UUA Common Read sponsored by the Social Justice Committe“The Third Reconstruction” by William J Barber, II & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Multi-Generational One-Day Workshop – Chalice Art!