Curricula

We encourage regular attendance in Sunday morning programs.

We realize that families cannot come to church every Sunday, but we ask that you attend as consistently as possible.  We meet with the children each week.  If your child attends every Sunday, he or she is with us for about 50 hours a year, which is the equivalent of 10 days of Unitarian Universalist Religious Exploration.

Classes provide a structured approach to support and complement your work as your child’s primary religious educator.  Regular attendance strengthens this connection and ensures that your child obtains maximum benefit.  Consistent participation also fosters a sense of community within each class and encourages the growth of friendship.

For more information, you may pick up a Religious Exploration Children and Youth Programming Pamphlet in the church foyer.  It contains and elaborates on information found throughout the RE web pages.

Registering Your Family

It is our policy that each child or youth under the age of 19 that attends RE programs must have a parent/guardian fill out a 2016-2017 RE Family Registration Form by their third visit to the church.  Families are welcome to register throughout the year.  You do not have to be a member of the church to register your child with the RE Program.

Make a financial contribution to the annual Stewardship Pledge.

We do not charge a registration fee, but rather rely on your generous annual pledge to provide funds for the general operating budget, which includes the Religious Exploration Program.

Curricula Descriptions

Typically, children participate with adults in the first segment of Sunday morning worship service.  They are then dismissed to attend age-appropriate class in the Credo Room – just off the nursery (Preschool) and at the Chalice House (Elementary and up) – adjacent to the main church building.  Parents and adult caregivers are encouraged to enjoy coffee and fellowship immediately following church services until the children’s lessons are concluded and they are ushered back to the church lobby at approximately 11:30a.m.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Evansville Religious Exploration curriculum year runs September through May; however there are activities for children every Sunday throughout the year.  Children receive instruction in peer groups: Preschool; Elementary; Junior High; High School.  Nursery is available for babies and toddlers.

The Mission of the RE Program at Unitarian Universalist Church of Evansville is to NURTURE spiritual growth; HELP develop personal religious beliefs; CREATE a foundation for Unitarian Universalist Identity; FOSTER trust in community, church & humanity; and ENCOURAGE living a life that makes a difference.

The following curriculum is for the 2016-2017 year (September-May).

Preschool (ages 3 to 5 years) – We Are Many, We Are One: written by Colleen McDonald. This curriculum offers young children the opportunity to learn about their religious community and tradition, as well as the freedom to discover and express their uniqueness. The four units of this program encourage children to use their minds, bodies, and emotions to develop their sense of identity and self-esteem within their Unitarian Universalist community and their world. (“Many” and “One” – community and individuality, alike and different, humankind and me.)

Elementary (ages 6 to 10 years) – Spirit of Adventure:  written by Katie Covey. Spirit of Adventure is a UU Identity curriculum, written with active children in mind. Lessons include dissecting a computer, building cantilevered architecture, interviewing church members, circus arts, living simply, and looking at the lives of some famous people which exemplified a UU identity (including Frank Lloyd Wright, Beatrix Potter, Clara Barton, Fannie Farmer, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, and more).

Junior High (11 to 14 years) and Senior High (ages 14 to 18 years) – additional UU programs chosen by the youth

Other curricula we have used:

Tapestry of Faith Index