All of our lessons are based on the UU’s 7 Principles and the UUSA’s 8th Principle.
1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.
2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
8th Principle: We will work to end racism.
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K-6 RE lessons are led by Director of Religious Education (DRE) and a team of adult volunteers
The morning starts off with a little free play and then circle time. During circle, a chalice is lit and children share Joys and Sorrows. After checking in, the instructors lead a discussion, followed by activities that include science, art, nature and religious studies.
Conversations, activities and group service nurture children’s ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others, especially through the context our Unitarian Universalist faith heritage of public service and anti-racism, anti-oppression activism.
At this same time (9:30-1:25) there is a Parent Small Group that meets to check in and discuss a topic that often corresponds with a Rev. Rachael’s sermon topic.
At 10:30 children can start upstairs for the Bell and Greeting, Opening Words, Chalice Lighting, first hymn and Time for All Ages. Children are then sung downstairs for Childcare a.k.a. Holy Recess.
Pre-Covid, we had a whole-congregation worship almost every month in order to share our faith as one community. Hopefully we will be able to continue this practice in the near future.