RE Overview and Calendar
Community worship is an important component of our religious experiences. Our children participate in worship services every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Children join the congregation for the Chalice lighting, a song or two, “Joys and Concerns” and the offertory. After a children’s story, read or told by a member of the fellowship or the minister, the children leave the sanctuary for a period of supervised free play while the service continues. This period typically last 20-30 minutes.
Religious Exploration (R.E.) classes for children begin at 11:20 a.m. Classes are grouped by age and use age-appropriate curriculum incorporating the Unitarian Universalist Principles and Purposes. R.E. classes are designed primarily for children to enjoy, and to help them develop a sense of individual worth, a regard and respect for each person’s uniqueness, and a knowledge and reverence for the beauty and diversity in the world. In our classes we include material on ethics, values, nature, cultures, Judeo-Christian heritage, world religions, and Unitarian Universalist history.
If you want more information about the children’s R.E. program, contact Matt Aspin, our Acting Minister of Religious Exploration. He welcomes the opportunity to discuss the curriculum and programs with you.
AUUF RE Mission Statement
The Religious Exploration Program of the AUUF is dedicated to fostering a sense of wholeness in our children and youth and enriching their spiritual lives as they explore faith traditions and religious and ethical questions within a supportive UU community. Guided by the AUUF Mission Statement and the UUA principles, and leading by example, those involved with the RE program empower young people to respect the inherent worth and dignity of themselves and others, search for individual spiritual meaning, make responsible decisions, and understand what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist in a world of religious diversity. We strengthen the bonds between AUUF young people and adults, and help our children and youth understand the importance of working with the larger community to care for the earth and to bring about a safe and just world.