The mission of the Religious Education program is to foster a nurturing community, to honor the worth of religious thinking, and to celebrate the joy of spiritual exploration. Each person is encouraged to develop personal values based on Unitarian Universalist principles and to incorporate those values in daily living.

Our Unitarian Universalist religious education program’s vision is to promote and inspire:
  • Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.
  • Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.
  • Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.

Many of our programs incorporate social justice activities, worship opportunities, service trips, fellowship, and fun.  Our religious educator and minister lead many of our congregations’ lifespan programs. Parents and other members of the congregation often lead them, too. Teaching can be a very fulfilling way to deepen one’s own faith.  Children’s religious education programs are typically offered on Sunday mornings, and high school youth and adult programs are usually offered on afternoons or evenings.

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K-12 graders will also have the opportunity to participate in Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education, an age-appropriate, faith-based program focusing on respect, relationship and responsibility. OWL is offered on a rotating basis.

We invite you to explore these pages and contact Rebecca Fricke, our Director of Religious Education (dre@uusocietyamherst.org) to get connected and check out Rebecca’s blog U2Can UU for Sundays in review.

Other Important Details

There are no registration fees for Religious Education classes. Please consider pledging to the UUSA canvass. For more information talk to our Interim Minister, The Rev. Cindy Frado.

The Religious Education Ministry coordinates the Religious Education program:

Alyson Miller, chair

Members: Polly Peterson, Anne Perkins, Susan Rice, Maura Whalen and Alyson Bull

UUSA RE 2018-2019 Pamphlet for a complete overview of the program.

18-19 UUSA RE Program Overview