Our Religious Exploration program for children is experiential and interactive. Its purpose is to expose children to Unitarian values and to encourage commitment to community, social justice, tolerance and respect for religious diversity. Through stories, arts and crafts, role-play, games and music, children learn about world religions, concepts of God and spirituality, social responsibility and cooperative decision-making. They are given the opportunity to express and question their developing beliefs. While recognizing that religious education is primarily the responsibility of parents, we offer an exciting program that will enrich children’s religious growth and learning. To learn more about the Children’s Program, please review our Children's Program Booklet.
We believe in a hands-on approach.
For example, our middle-schoolers visit nearby churches, temples, mosques and sweat lodges to personally and respectfully observe how others worship.
We don’t just talk about religion with our children. Almost all of our youngsters are involved in community service projects, and at various times of the year they are directly involved in Sunday services
What do Unitarian Universalists teach their children?
We give them a strong foundation in religion so they can make good decisions about the role it should play in their lives. For example, we teach them:
- About the stories that have been told for centuries by indigenous peoples.
- About those who found (and still find) comfort, guidance, and spirituality while communing with nature.
- About Jesus – about how he challenged established leaders and ideas, and spent time ministering among society’s outcasts and needy.
- About the other major religions of the world, including the beliefs of Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Confucians and Sikhs.
We explain the history of our own religion—how Unitarianism is a 450-year-old branch of the Protestant Reformation, how Universalism teaches that salvation is not tied to a particular denomination or belief.
We warn our children about the lure of modern cults and, at the same time, point out to them the irony that most religions originated with disaffected minorities.