Religious Education for Children & Youth
Mission and Covenant Statement
adopted by the Religious Education Committee April 2006
We take as the mission of our religious education program to provide our children and youth with firm foundations in our Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources.
We covenant to welcome those of differing beliefs and backgrounds, and to provide a safe and challenging learning environment where we help our children and youth explore ideas about religion and spirituality.
We accept the call to be loving and nurturing guides to the children and youth of our congregation.
To contact individuals responsible for the various areas of our Religious Education Program, click here.
From the Director of Lifespan Religious Education
I grew up in a church where Sunday School was a family affair. My mother, the daughter of a minister, taught the Confirmation class, while my sister and I taught elementary classes. My father was the Sunday School superintendent, and he was also a well-loved public school sixth grade teacher. You can see that this apple, now a Unitarian Universalist Director of Religious Education, didn’t fall very far from the tree.
Faith Development Programs for Children and Youth
The Rev. Patricia Hoertdoerfer tells us in Essex Conversations, Visions for Lifespan Religious Education that:
Unitarian Universalist education aims to engage children, youth, and adults in opportunities that empower them to develop their own religious philosophies, thereby freeing them to be their own best selves and to become kind, fair, creative, and responsible persons. Our goal is to provide participants with dynamic, vivid experiences of the power of Unitarian Universalism and to help them develop life-enhancing relationships. The goals in our religious education programs are to provide opportunities to experience a depth of relationship with ourselves, with others, with the world, with the earth, and with the universe.”
(Reprinted with the permission of the Unitarian Universalist Association and Skinner House Books)
To that end, FUUN offers a variety of programming for children and youth:
Sunday School (Pre-K to 8th grade)
Children’s Chapel (PreK-8th grade)
Summer Fellowship (PreK-5th grade)
Youth Group (9th-12th grades)
Coming of Age Program (7th-8th grades)
Our Whole Lives (various)
Policies and Procedures (all)
Important Resources and Information
- Honoring the Children (Safe Congregation Policy)
- Form: Emergency Contact and Medical Information for Children and Youth
- Form: RE and Youth Group Field Trip Permission and Medical Release Policy
- Form: Field Trip Permission Slip