WELCOME TO THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH RELIGIOUS
Many parents seek a church experience that can give their children a sense
of belonging, meaning, and spiritual identity through their growing up
years. We aim to provide a program which supports parents, children and
youth in their religious quests. We strive to create a welcoming, stimulating
and nurturing environment in which young people can develop beliefs, values,
a sense of wonder, and the ability to begin to put beliefs and principles
into action. A sense of closeness with our church community comes with
active participation in our programs, and makes learning and identification
with Unitarian Universalist values a natural and comfortable process.
Community membership is as much an element of our program as the Sunday
School classes, worship, and special events. We welcome you to our community
and look forward to being with you in growth and learning.
Jennifer Halperin, Children and Youth
The Religious Education Council
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST PRINCIPLES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
- We believe that each and every person is important.
- We believe that all people should be treated fairly.
- We believe that our churches are places where all people
are accepted, and where we keep on learning together.
- We believe that each person must be free to search for
what is true and right in life.
- We believe that all people should have a voice and a
vote which concern them.
- We believe that we should work for a peaceful, fair,
and free world.
- We believe that we should care for our planet earth.
FROM OUR MINISTER
Providing opportunities for religious education
is one of the most important tasks of any Unitarian Universalist
For children, religious education can help create a store of memories
and feelings and experiences that build and sustain a reverence
for the world, an appreciation for the meaning of religious
community, respect for one’s own wondering and
insights, and a true desire to make the world a better place.
For youth, religious education can provide both an anchor and a
sail, helping to focus questions of ethics, identity, and relationships,
one at a time when life changes very fast.
For adults—yes, religious education is something that can
happen throughout one’s life—religious education offers
structured opportunities for reflection about meaning and purpose,
transitions and journeys, justice and compassion, being of service
to the world and deepening one’s personal spirituality.
Becoming involved in religious education is one of the best ways
to get to know other people at our church. This prospectus lists
many paths open to families, youth and children, and parents. We
look forward to your participation.
Rev. David Herndon
RE COUNCIL MEMBERS: 2012-2013
Cathy Rohrer, Chair
Molly Rohrer, Youth Representative
Nancy Schwartz, ex oficio
Jennifer Halperin, ex oficio
Religious Education for Children and Youth Prospectus (pdf)