Religious Education program begins September 17 for children and youth and runs from September through June. It is held concurrently with the 9:30 Sunday Worship Service.
Director of Religious Education
I am excited to let you know that we have an Acting DRE for the coming year. Please join me in welcoming Jane Clay! She and I have been in conversation about religious education and how we can integrate families into our fellowship. We’re excited to do shared ministry and shared worship together.
She comes to us with years of experience as an educator and has experience as an RE director here several years ago. We agreed, for consistency’s sake that she will remain a youth advisor this year. She will be starting on Monday, Aug. 21.
I am excited about the coming year and all that we might do together.
Religious Education Philosophy
Our philosophy includes nurturing a sense of community, valuing oneself and others, understanding Unitarian Universalism, appreciating the beliefs of other religions, fostering an awareness of our responsibility to our world and its inhabitants and encouraging the experience of wonder.
Our curricula and classes are based on the Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
- That each and every person is important;
- That all people should be treated fairly;
- That our congregations are places where all people are accepted and where we keep on learning together;
- That each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life;
- That everyone should have a vote about the things that concern them;
- In working for a peaceful, fair and free world;
- In caring for our planet earth.
From “Beginning Unitarian Universalism” by Helena Chapin and Mary Ann Moore.
We strive to incorporate aspects of community and worldwide service into our RE program each year. Last year, some of our service projects included making pies for the homeless shelter, donating to heifer international and planting a fruit tree.
Opportunities for musical enrichment for children abound. We offer Children’s Choir each year, as well as songs during Children’s Chapel and a multi-generational Music Service.
All classes are taught by a large group of wonderful volunteers from the congregation. Our volunteers vary in age from high school youth to senior members of the fellowship. It truly takes village to run the RE program!
Click here to register for classes: Religious Education Registration Form
Nursery care is available downstairs in the nursery each Sunday from 9-11 am for children under four years of age. Our paid care provider is Wendy Rowbotham. A second volunteer helps Wendy each Sunday. Parents are welcome to stay with their child in the nursery.
Kindergarten through Grade 2 – World of Wonder
Founded on the premise that direct experience in nature is essential to children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development, this program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery.
Grades 3-4 Picture Book World Religions
An introduction to Hindu, Islamic and Buddhist faiths.
Grades 5-7 Harry Potter and UU – Author: Karen Hager
This social action curriculum is based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The class forms Dumbledore’s Army and fights seven real-world Horcruxes, such as Illiteracy, Hunger, Poverty, Animal Cruelty and more! Students will achieve tangible results on real problems facing the world.
Youth in grades 8-12 are invited to attend Youth Group. Our Youth Group meets twice a month on the second and fourth Sundays from 6-7:30 pm. We have wonderful Youth Group leaders, and equally wonderful youth. Every other year the Youth Group visits Nicaragua for their bi-annual service trip.
One Sunday each month is set aside for fun activities. The dates of our “fun Sundays” usually coincide with holidays and school vacations. Activities may include family hikes, service work or field trips. Annual events are making gingerbread houses, celebrating May Day and decorating the Maypole, walking Quincy Bog and baking pies for the homeless shelter.
Starr King UU Fellowship Children’s Class- “Wins”
“Wins”- The ultimate goals for each class.
Preschool-1st grade- Exploring– Exploring what it means to be me and a member of a loving respectful community.
2nd-5th grade- Developing– Developing a UU identity and a moral compass.
6th-8th grade- Embracing– Embracing respect for myself, others, and the Earth.
9th-12th grade- Empowering– Empowering compassionate global citizens.
Check out descriptions of our very popular – Classes for Grades 6-10