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Religious Education


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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!

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Educating Our Children


Educating Our Children


Contact our Religious Education Director, Cindy Wakeland at re-director@uucuc.org.

Pre-school class will be using the "Rainbow Connection" curriculum that uses storybooks for preschoolers to discuss the values inherent in the Principles and UUism.  

Kindergarten and First Grade will share "World of Wonder". This class program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist Seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery. 

Second and Third Grade will discuss "Moral Tales" and learn about the spiritual and ethical tools to make wise choices and take action that reflect their UU values.

Fourth and Fifth Grade will be using a new curriculum "UU Harry Potter". These books offer important moral and social values for children guiding them toward making the right choices. The curriculum will use fun wizarding activities as the basis for discussion about values, social action and the seven principles. The class will also learn and work on seven real world social action projects, referred to as “Horcruxes.” Harry Potter Fans this is for YOU.

Sixth and Seventh Grade will be using "Traditions in a Wink" that teaches an understanding of UU faith that can replace the vague “anything we want to” statement with: “We come from a long tradition of questioning and searching.  We come from a long tradition of loving kindness and good works.”  Teachers will be sharing powerful stories of UU hope as the young teens begin to shape their faith.

Eighth Grade will be engaging in the "OWL (Our Whole Lives)" class.  Teachers will help young teens make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior.  It helps to clarify the values of the youth and build their interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional and social aspects of sexuality.

Ninth through Twelth Grade aka YRUU will use the "Be the Change" curriculum that engages the youth in conversations about racism and social justice issues. This will be inter-changed with the variety of other self-lead topics they discuss. The group usually attends one CON (a regional-wide retreat), a ski trip (if there is snow), conduct a Lock-In, and plans a worship service for the congregation in the spring.
 

 

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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 PamelaRichart1@gmail.com.

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 evdrew@aol.com.

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 MembershipCoordinator@uucuc.org

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 amandaowings@gmail.com.