Youth curricula

Summer 2020

2019-20 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 and Nicole Menesis

2nd and 3rd grade
Tapestry of Faith: Moral Tales
Every day children go forth into a complex world where they are faced with difficult decisions and situations. Moral Tales provides children with spiritual and ethical tools to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist values and beliefs.
Teachers: Sondra Gervasi and Ruth Castillo-Dean

4th and 5th Grade
Tapestry of Faith: Toolbox of Faith
Toolbox of Faith invites fourth- and fifth- grade participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each of the sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice ).
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: One Day at a Time: Exploring Contemporary Social Themes.
Social Themes. Youth will view episodes of the contemporary situation comedy One day at a Time, and relate the contemporary conundrums therein to UU values.
Facilitators: Karen Emerson and Robby Vance

high school class members