Youth curricula

2018-19 classes

Preschool (age 3 and fully toilet-trained) – pre-K
Tapestry of Faith: Chalice Children
Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community.
Teachers: Faith Rathman, Alison Holbach, Kathy MacFarlane

Kindergarten & first grade
Spirit Play
This special curriculum was developed by longtime Unitarian Universalist religious educators. It uses the Montessori method of teaching to create an experientially-based, worshipful experience for children. Stories have been developed on the following topics: Unitarian Universalist Promises (Principles), Sources (World Religions), Note-worthy People, The Mystery, Beginnings and Endings, and Sacred Spaces.
Teachers: Jeannette Henderson, Nicole Menesis, Heather Smith-Merrithew

2nd and 3rd grade
Tapestry of Faith: Signs of Our Faith
Signs of Our Faith guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives do and can exhibit these traits and values, and come to understand that their faith is a living faith whose histories and teachings are fortifications for living faithfully in a complex world.
Teachers: Sondra Gervasi and Ruth Castillo-Dean

4th and 5th Grade
Tapestry of Faith: Love Connects Us
Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another’s search for truth and meaning.
Teachers: Esperanza Danweber and Justine Hansen

middle school class

Grades 6-8
Tapestry of Faith:  Riddle and Mystery
The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist middle-school youth in their own search for understanding. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question: Does God exist?  What happens when you die? Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?
Facilitators: Stephanie Hickman and Nancy Pridgen

 

High School
A Racial Justice Curriculum for Young Friends
Written by Quakers for Quaker youth, this curriculum helps high school youth grapple with racial justice issues beginning with their own understandings of their racial identity.
Facilitators: Karen Emerson and David Martin

high school class members