Classes & Curriculum

BLACK PEOPLE MATTER

1-12th Grade Religious Education Program

January 21 and 28, 2018

Racism dehumanizes all of us. As Unitarian Universalists, our faith calls us to justice, equity, and compassion in human relationships. Understanding racism fully means continuing to learn about the horrible effects of racism on people of color and society as a whole. We want our young people to recognize that racism goes beyond individual prejudices against people with skin colors different than their own.

As a faith community, we have an obligation to create a safe space where people of all ages can have these conversations.

Curriculum Goals:

  • Participants will begin to understand what racism is and is not at a developmentally appropriate level.
  • Participants will understand that African Americans have been systemically oppressed in America both historically and in present times.
  • Participants will feel inspired to further engage in naming and confronting racial injustices beyond Sunday School.
  • Participants will feel more capable in engaging in discussions regarding racism and oppression.
  • Participants will recognize Unitarian Universalist values within the work of Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression.

This program just begins to scratch the surface of a viable introduction to the cause of anti-racism, but we believe it is a good beginning.  Please plan to make participation in this program a priority for your children in January 2018!

Contact Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education, for more information about the Black People Matter RE Program.

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2017-2018 Religious Education Schedule and Curriculum

Hogwarts Camp

Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

     June 11 – September 3

    for children entering 1-6 Grades

Magic

 

 

 9:00-10:15am

(YRUU ends 10:30am)

11:00am-12:15pm

(OWL ends 12:30pm)

Nursery: 0-3 years Nursery: 0-3 years
 K4-K5: Chalice Children K4-K5: Chalice Children
1-2 Grades: UU Super Heroes and Free to Believe 1-2 Grades:  UU Super Heroes

and Free to Believe

3-5 Grades: Harry & UU 3-4 Grades: Harry & UU
6-8 Grades: Riddle & Mystery and The Fifth Dimension 5-7 Grades: Riddle & Mystery and The Fifth Dimension
Sr. High (9-12 grade) Youth Group Eighth Grade: “Our Whole Lives”
(OWL) – participation limited 

2017-2018 Religious Education Schedule and Curriculum

Nursery: Our caregivers provide loving attention for infants and toddlers on Sunday mornings from 8:45a.m.-12:15p.m. Parents, please sign in your children, and provide necessary diapers, bottles, etc. NOTE: A speaker and toys are available in the church parlor for parents who wish to listen with their little ones.

Early Childhood: K4-K5- Preschool children will learn about our church and congregation through concrete experiences with our people and places. Rituals, relational play, imaginative activities, stories, and exploration will round out the classes.

First-Second Grade:  UU SUPER HEROES and FREE TO BELIEVE – Children will hear stories of Unitarian Universalists who are true Super Heroes, with lives marked by courage, compassion and justice-making. In the second semester, they’ll explore our Unitarian Universalist principles and sources. Features: stories, games, songs, and activities.

Third-Fifth Grade (9:00 a.m.) and Third-Fourth Grade (11:00 a.m.)  Harry & UU provides lessons that center on the individual’s ability to make the world a better place.   Based on the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling, the curriculum includes fun wizarding activities, and the formation of a Dumbledore Army troop to fight against real world Horcruxes through social action projects.

Sixth-Eighth Grade (9:00 a.m.) and Fifth-Seventh Grade (11:00 a.m.): This class will alternate between two curricula. RIDDLE AND MYSTERY will encourage children to explore life’s big questions such as, “Where do we come from?” “How can I know what to believe?” and “What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?” THE FIFTH DIMENSION curriculum will screen episodes of the Twilight Zone as a basis for discussions on social issues.

Eighth Grade – Our Whole Lives, aka “OWL” (11:00 a.m.) Find out more about the OWL curriculum HERE.

Please note:

  • Participant’s parent/guardian must be a church member.
  • A mandatory parent/guardian orientation is scheduled before class starts in September.

Ninth-Twelfth Grade: Young Religious Unitarian Universalists, Senior High Youth Group (YRUU): This primarily youth-led group provides supportive environment where teens can explore their feelings about themselves, their world and their religion. Weekly meetings include discussion, learning, social action projects, leadership development, and opportunities for worship. Additional opportunities include Regional YRUU Conferences and a summer Mission Trip.

For questions or more information, contact:
Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education: 414.273.5257 or Beryl Aschenberg