Youth curricula

Summer 2018 Classes (June, July, and August)

Pre-K, story and play time. Every day we will select an engaging story to share and respond to.

K-5, Taking It Back To The ’60’s, ’70’s and ’80’s.  This summer we will explore our UU second source: Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. Each week we’ll be traveling back in time to the 1960’s, ’70’s or 80’s to learn about the inspirational life of UU pioneers in the Civil Rights, Feminist and Gay Rights Movements. Come take a ride with us!

Middle school, Dr. Who. Our youth will deepen their understanding of Unitarian Universalism, examine their beliefs, and explore various social justice topics all while watching and discussing episodes of the popular TV series, Doctor Who.

High school, Blackish. The ABC Network situation Comedy Blackish premiered in 2014. The show features an African American family who navigate issues of racial and cultural identity along with a multitude of other issues facing 21st century families. In this curriculum, youth are invited to explore these issues and to reflect on them from a Unitarian Universalist perspective.

Note: In the summer, children from preschool through 5th grade have playground during the 9:30-10:30 am hour and curriculum in the 11-noon hour after Story Wisdom. Nursery and middle & high school maintain their year-round schedule.

2017-18 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, Sharon Snyder

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, Terry Ramirez

2nd and 3rd grade
Tapestry of Faith: Love Will Guide Us
In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.
Teachers: Sondra Gervasi and Sarah Silva

4th and 5th Grade
Tapestry of Faith: Sing to the Power
“Sing to the Power” affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting “powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” Participants experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders.
Teachers: Esperanza Danweber and Justine Hansen

Grades 6-8middle school class
Tapestry of Faith:  Amazing Grace
This program guides sixth graders through ways to determine right from wrong with a Unitarian Universalist perspective, and act on their new understandings.
Facilitators: Gary Evans and Nancy Pridgen

High School
Our American Roots: Unitarian Universalism in America
High school youth will learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism in American, from the Pilgrims to Transcendentalist Theodore Parker. We will use a video course featuring prominent Unitarian Universalist Ministers. Participating youth will raise funds throughout the year for a summer trip to Boston where they will visit sites important to the history of Unitarianism and Universalism.
Facilitators: Karen Emerson and Robby Vance


high school class members