Youth curricula

2017 Summer Curricula – June through August

Pre-school: Celebrating Me and My World

Celebrating me and My World begins by celebrating the wondrous qualities of the children themselves and expands outward to the things and people around them. This program provides preschoolers with experiences and opportunities to grow in their sense of trust and caring and to develop their self-identity and their sense of connectedness with all life.

K-5: Let the Force be with You

The world of the Star Wars Jedi has inspired real-life practices of spirituality. The Jedi believe in the “Living Force,” a spiritual presence that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds all the matter in the universe together. The philosophies of Star Wars have been explored, examined, and adopted by many. Some even consider “Jediism” to be their legitimate religion, though it incorporates beliefs from many different philosophies. This 10-session summer program is designed to bring spiritual/ethical lessons from Star Wars into a cohesive program for children.

Middle School: Vocations, Avocations, and UU

We will invite congregation members and friends to share their jobs or hobbies, and how these intersect with their UU values.

High School: Social Justice and Cartoons

From The Little Mermaid to Zootopia, youth will critically examine classic and modern cartoons through the lens of social justice. Explored topics will include: racial stereotyping, sexism, heteronormativity, socioeconomic inequality, cultural appropriation, microaggression, and more.

Note: In the summer (June-August) children from pre-school through rising 5th grade have playground 9:30-10:30 in the morning, and curriculum classes during the worship hour.

2016-17 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