Religious Education


Religious Education

Our Religious Education programs welcome those of all ages – from infancy through adulthood – and of all backgrounds. Scroll down to see what classes and learning experiences are available for the entire family!


Educating Our Children

Educating Our Children

Contact our Religious Education Director, Cindy Wakeland at

kids' klub program -- Monthly activities! 

The Following classes will continue for the Winter and Spring Semesters beginning January 8th at 10:15 a.m.  Special classes about Racial Justice Issues will be offered to  connect the children and youth with the Congregation's Two Year Initiative for Racial Justice Issues.

Pre-school -- celebrating me & my world

In our UU communities, we seek to provide young children with experiences and opportunities to grow in their sense of trust and caring, to develop their self-identity, to deepen their sense of connection with all of life.  This UU curriculum celebrates the wondrous qualities of children and expands outward to the things and people around them.

kindergarten - 1st Grade -- creating home

This curriculum will help the children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith.  The program speaks of the home as a place of belonging, including the congregation as a "faith home".  Like a family home, a "faith home" offers members certain joys, protections and responsibilities.

2nd - 3rd Grade -- signs of our faith: being UU everyday

Signs of faith guide children to do their best everyday.   As UUs we are asked to be faithful to what we love.  Children will learn about traits and values and look at their own lives to see how these are present or can become present in their everyday lives.

4th - 5th grade -- sing to the Power

Sing to the Power affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting "powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love."  Participants experience their own power and understand how it can help them to be leaders.

6th - 7th grade -- neighboring faiths

Neighboring Faiths introduces youth to faith traditions and practices of other religions in their community.  Leaders and participants together plan their program, determine which religious groups they want to learn about, visit, and relate to their growing UU faith.  This journey builds community among the youth, connects them with their congregation and larger community and strengthens their UU identity.

8th - 9th grade -- our whole lives (OWL)

This class follows a curriculum created by the UU church and the United Church of Christ.  Unlike other sexuality curricula currently available, OWL is not focused solely on preventing or reducing problems such as high rates of sexually transmitted infections and unintended teen pregnancies.  While the program certainly equips youth with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to avoid these consequences, it has the proactive goal of helping youth to become sexually healthy people who feel good about themselves and their bodies, remain healthy, and build positive, equitable loving relationships.  The program respects diversity, inclusiveness, gender expression and disability status.

9th - 12th grade -- a variety of self-chosen curricula

The Youth Class is a self-lead class with both the youth and the leaders taking leadership roles.  They talk about what is on their mind, UU issues and beliefs, and world-wide events.  Then plan and share a youth worship service, help with service projects and have fun on an annual ski trip.



Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Religious Education Opportunities for Adults

join the social action committee's newly forming book club

Meet to discuss books and the ideas they inspire!  The group will meet the 2nd Friday of each month. Everyone is welcome.  For more information contact, Pam Richart at

new class forming on comparative religions and philosophy.  you're invited to join in!

Are you inclined to re-read your "Religion 101" college textbook?  Would you enjoy reading more about a variety of philosophies?  Sarah McDougal and Sylvia McDermott plan to start a monthly reading and discussion group on these topics!  If you are interested, sign up on the clipboard by the office in Fellowship Hall or contact Sarah or Sylvia 217.398.1948 or

Orientation to UUism

Are you new to this church? Have you recently signed the membership book or are you considering joining? Would you like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism? At various times throughout the church year, the Minister and Membership Coordinator will offer a series of orientation classes designed just for you!  If you are interested in information on when the next sessions will be held, please email the Membership Coordinator, Sherry Bohlen, at

Mindfulness Meditation

Gather in the YRUU Room on Sunday mornings from 9:20 to 9:55 a.m. (2nd Sunday of each month, the group meets early at 9:05 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.) for a time of quite meditation led by Marie McEnroe. This group gathers for quiet meditation using the practices of Mindfulness as a way to focus on the now and everyday.

Sunday Discussions

Led by Chuck Cooper, these weekly discussions are characterized by a spirit of respect for individual opinions in an environment of searching rather than pronouncing. The topics range from issues related to local church matters through contemporary international issues, including denominational, congregational, social, national, and international and faith issues. Newcomers are always welcome. This group meets every Sunday after the worship service at 11:30 a.m. in the church Library.

Chalice Circles

Chalice Circles are an opportunity for friends and members of the church to develop deeper connections and wider service within our community through small group involvement. They might organize themselves around a particular activity or issue as their focal point, or have rotating topics of discussion. Join one of our ongoing Circles, or consider starting your own.

Ongoing Religious Education Small Groups

Young Adults

Meets twice a month or more to socialize and participate in discussions. Discussion topics range from addiction to coping with holiday stress, while past topics have included a Japanese Tea Ceremony and a canoeing/kayaking trip. For ages 18-35, this group meets twice a month for social activities and discussions. Contact group leader Amanda Owings for information at