Classes & Curriculum

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Summer RE 2017 at First Unitarian Society Of Milwaukee

Hogwarts Camp

Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

     June 11 – September 3

    for children entering 1-6 Grades


Our Summer Religious Education program will be magically transformed into a Harry Potter camp – with UU overtones, of course. Kids will learn a  few spells,  make a craft or two and talk about  the  UU Principles in the Harry Potter books. If you haven’t read the books, don’t worry! This summer Religious Education program will be fun for Muggles too!

Head Mistress: Mariah Groskek     House Elf: Jamie Sanfelippo

and Mini-Muggle Child Care!

 for children 5 and under, or not quite ready for Hogwarts

Loving care, play, and comfort will be provided for our youngest children by our longtime care provider Lindsey Porter and her assistants. This group environment has nothing to do with Harry Potter, but we like the name, and any older siblings will appreciate the tie-in!

We have a vibrant Religious Education program for children from preschool through high school. Our classes meet on Sundays at 9:00-10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. from early September through the end of May. For an idea about the types of curriculum we offer at First Church, please see the descriptions below.


(YRUU ends 10:30am)


(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:  We Believe and Picture Book World Religions 3-4 Grades: We Believe and Picture Book World Religions
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.)  PICTURE BOOK WORLD RELIGIONS and WE BELIEVE: Children will explore basic concepts within our neighbors’ faiths, and ways to live our own Unitarian Universalist principles.

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