How Mission Translates to Vision
The mission of the Religious Education Committee at UUCF is to create a Unitarian Universalist program that teaches our youth inclusion, compassion, and peace. We strive to reach our mission goals by modeling our mission values:
- Encouraging a commitment to UU principles
- Exploring our spirituality
- Participating in rituals
- Learning about world religions
Our children and youth engage with the larger church community through worship and social events, and through participation in social action projects in our local community and worldwide.
A Philosophy That Leads to learning
Unitarian Universalism is a belief in the worth of each individual and the power of community. Our education program seeks to develop a sense of belonging in a caring community, critical reflection that leads to understanding and commitment, and joy in the process of living and learning.
The UUCF Education Experience
We offer a complete, year-round religious education (RE) experience for all children and youth. RE classes are offered during the church service throughout the year. Please call the office for hours.
On Sunday mornings, children and youth begin in the Meeting House with the congregation. Joining the congregation for the chalice lighting, hymn, joys and concerns, and a special “Message For All Ages,” our young people feel a part of the larger congregation. Their participation in the chalice lighting and other UU rituals also helps to strengthen their identity as Unitarian Universalists.
After 15-20 minutes of worship, our young people attend classes led by volunteers from our church community and supported by our Director of Religious Education.
Our curriculum promotes and affirms the Principles and Sources of Unitarian Universalism. Exploring and engaging in the traditions and values of world religions encourages students to see the commonalities in other religions as they continue on their individual spiritual and philosophical journey.
Children’s UU Principles
- We believe each and every person is important.
- We believe all people should be treated fairly.
- In our congregations, all people are accepted and we learn together.
- We believe each person is free to search for what is true and right in life.
- Everyone deserves a vote about the things that concern them.
- We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
- We believe in caring for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us.
PRIMARY GROUP: SPIRIT PLAY
Young children (ages 3-7) participate in Spirit Play, a Montessori-based program designed to help children use religious language and stories to create a spiritual community and find meaning through wondering and art.
Children (grades 2-6) learn about UU values and world religions to begin exploring their own answers to such questions as: Who am I? What is my purpose? How do I choose to live my life?
MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL GROUP
Youth (grades 7-12) learn to apply UU values and principles in their daily lives through leadership development, worship, and social action. Activities include discussion, films, games, art, drama, cooking and social justice work.
Coming of Age
This program developed for middle schoolers marks their transition from childhood to adulthood. The curriculum emphasizes self-awareness, confidence, and service to the church and community. Our youth celebrate completion of the program in an affirmation ceremony.
Our Whole Lives (OWL): Sexuality Education
This curriculum presents a compreshensive approach to human sexuality in an age-appropriate manner. Based firmly on the values of respect, responsibility, justice and inclusivity, OWL helps young people apply these values to their behavior and provides them with information and skills they can use throughout life.
Child Dedication and Naming Ceremony
Our UU Community welcomes the child into the human community, in the spirit of humanity’s oneness, and into the fellowship of life.
High School Bridging
We celebrate the graduation of our high school seniors with a special worship service, which recognizes their development and achievement.
Curriculum for a Liberal Religion
At UU Farmington, we offer a fun, stimulating curriculum designed to respect different learning styles while bringing our youth meaningful topics to learn about and discuss. Each year will have a different focus:
- The history and teachings of the world’s many religions.
- Social justice in our community and world.
- Care for our planet and the life it contains.
- OWL (Our Whole Lives), an age-appropriate human sexuality course taught by trained members of the congregation.
- Coming of Age, a year-long program for our older tweens and younger teens, where they explore their beliefs and Unitarian Universalism and design their own statement of personal belief while working with mentors from the congregation.
- The stories of the Unitarian and Universalist heroes and heritage.
- The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism (from the UUA website):
1. Each person is important
2. Be kind in all you do.
3. We’re free to learn together.
4. We search for what is true.
5. All people need a voice.
6. Build a fair and peaceful world.
7. We care for the earth.
Visiting our Sunday School Programs
If you and your children are new to UU Farmington, please arrive a bit early so you can meet our Director of Religious Education (DRE) and become oriented to our building. Children are welcome to either remain with their parents or move to their classrooms after our gathering time as community, with the nursery available throughout the service. After a few visits, we ask parents to contact the DRE to register their children so we can better communicate with you and better know your children. We want your whole family to find your time at UU Farmington to be comfortable, nurturing, and enjoyable. For more information, call us at 248-478-7272 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.