RE Curricula for Children & Youth Programs
During the 11 a.m. service, children and youth religious exploration occurs in age-grouped classes, from toddlers to high school. We focus on exploration, rather than an emphasis on indoctrination. Age-appropriate curriculum themes and topics vary each year, and often from season to season. Some of AUUF's RE curricula comes from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) national curricula, which includes interactive, hands-on activities, stories and ideas from across the religious landscape. Several other stellar curricula are used during years when the exploration focus is on World Religions.
2020 School Year Curricula
Classes are currently being held on line and not in the building. ZOOM Chalice Circles are held for Preschool - 4th grade each sunday.
Separate sessions will be held on ZOOM for JR Youth, 5th - 8th at 7 pm on Sunday and for Sr Youth, 9th - 12th at 8:30 on Sunday.
Registered families should be able to access the ZOOM links through the RE facebook group or the REMIND app where all notifications will be posted. If you are not a member of both of these, please contact Rosene Beachy, DLRE.
Our Chalice Circles will be based on the Soul Matters themes. Registered families will receive a bag of supplies for the months' Sunday activities
Youth groups will consist of a variety of games, sharing and topic discussion.
During Fall 2019 our UU kids interact with the classic Bible stories. Classes learned about some of our most familiar Bible stories from a UU perspective through a variety of activities. Many of these stories pop up in popular culture. We believe kids benefit from thinking about the meaning behind stories that were gathered in the Bible and why they were told and finally written down.
Beginning in January 2020, the elementary school groups engage in our Workshop Rotational style classes using the Soul Matters themes that are being used in Worship and Chalice Circles. Many of our teachers will rotate leading the 4 workshops each month including; (Theme) in Action, a Contemplation Room, Make it Space and Movin' & Groovin.'
Summary of 2019-2020 classes and curricula - document provides a brief synopsis of each class curricula subject.
The Soul Matters Sharing Circle is a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same monthly themes so we can more easily share small group material, as well as worship, sermon, music and children’s religious education resources. In 2019, AUUF joined this web of support and connection, and now we travel a new journey together each month.
2019-2020 Monthly Themes
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Learn more on the Soul Matters website.
Soul Matters Family Resource Guides
Check out the Soul Matters Family Resource guides to further explore the month's topic as a family. In these documents, you’ll find links to books, videos, television programs, movies, and essays that underscore the theme’s importance in our everyday lives.