Based on the needs of current attendees, DDUUC’s Religious Education program consists of two classes — one for Pre-K up to 4th grade; the other for children in 4th grade and up. Classes are offered concurrent to the adult service, from 10:00–11:00 a.m. each Sunday from September through the end of June. For infants and toddlers, we also have a play area in a space adjacent to the classroom space, and we provide kind, experienced babysitters during church service. Parents are always welcome.
The primary goals of the program for the younger class are to familiarize the children with the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism, and to help them develop a strong UU faith identity that they can put into action in their daily lives.
Because we feel that children need to be exposed to the foundations of many other religions that are part of our culture, this fall we will be learning about the stories in the Old Testament. Throughout their lives, the children will come in contact with Biblical references, and should be familiar with their meaning. We will explore their meaning and the lessons they can teach us today. Hands-on and kinesthetic activities accompany many of the lessons. Stories are also a central part of the curriculum and are told in both classes as a foundation of the lesson.
The older class (Grades 4 and up) has studied about important Unitarian Universalists in history who have made significant contributions to society. The class has also explored issues of social change and social justice. The curriculum for this fall is called “Amazing Grace” and its goal is to help children understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding. They will explore such questions as “Why do bad things happen?”, “Is evil or goodness within us or something we choose?” and “How can I follow my own ideas and not somebody else’s?” Through discussion the children will be guided along a path toward becoming empathic and responsible adults.
The Religious Education program enrolls children on a rolling basis, and visiting children are warmly welcomed.