Religious Education Classes

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.

Children’s Programming: UU Identity and Nature!

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. If you would like to register your child, please click here. 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: This year, our littlest UUs, ages 3, 4, 5 and 6 (if the child is still in Kindergarten) will be learning from the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curricula “World of Wonder,” written by Alice Anacheka-Nasemann, Julie Simon and Pat Kahn. This program takes our Pre-schoolers and Kindergarteners on a journey exploring our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle and is designed to instill in them respect for the interdependent web of all existence and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. Time spent experiencing and exploring the world around us during these early instructional years begins a practice that can bring lifelong openness to the wonder nature can spark.

Bible Literacy for Grades 1-8

Lower Elementary: Both the Lower and Upper Elementary will spend this year exploring the Bible using the curricula, “Bibleodeon,” written by Richard and Tirrell Kimball. Children in grades 1 – 3 will explore the Old Testament, while our 4th and 5th graders will learn stories from the New Testament. This curricula introduces biblical scriptures by presenting the best-known Hebrew and Christian stories with fun and interactive games, such as investigating the Cain and Abel crime scene and solving the “Mystery of the Day.” Participants also act in playlets, illustrate a timeline, give awards to outstanding biblical women, and more. They explore connections between biblical events and UU principles, between biblical ideas and their own lives.

Middle School: Continuing in the Bible Literacy theme, while exploring the UUA’s Six Sources, our wonderful teachers and assistants will be using the curricula, “Riddle and Mystery.” This curricula, authored by the same team who brought us Bibleodeon, will lead our 6th – 8th graders in their own search for theology and understanding of some of life’s big questions – “Where do we come from? What are we? What happens after we die? What/who is god?” to name just a few.

Youth Group and Adult Religious Education

Several “after service” programs are available throughout the year. Members of the Youth Group (High School students ages 14 – 19) and their advisors meet from 12:30 – 2:00 in the High School room (aka the “Couch Room”).  Adult RE meets from 12:30 – 2:30 in the Main Hall. Childcare during the Adult RE classes is available upon request. For more information about any of the afternoon programming and/or to register and/or to arrange childcare, please contact our DRE, Chris Johns, at mschrisdre@gmail.com.