Children and Youth Program

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Each year, we explore one of our 3-year rotating themes, guided by the Unitarian Universalist Sources: Our Judeo-Christian Roots, Our Unitarian Universalist Heritage, and Wisdom Traditions & Religions of the World.

Throughout the year, we also make time for age-appropriate social service initiatives and multigenerational worship services, exploring the year's church-wide Soul Matters worship themes. We also recommend signing up for our Weekly News Email to be informed of any last minute updates.

2018 - 2019: Our Judeo-Christian Roots

Our programs runs from Sunday, September 9 through Sunday, June 2nd. For week by week classes, please see our Children and Youth Calendar.

The 4th Source: “Jewish and Christian Teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;”

This year, we will explore not only Jewish and Christian scriptures, but the Abrahamic faiths as a whole, the Unitarian Universalist roots that came from them, and how we relate to them today our wider culture.

Soul Matters

Although the overall theme guides the program for the year, within our classes we engage with all three themes, as well as being grounded in our 6 Sources and 7 Principles. Social justice and social action opportunities are a part of our commitment to our Unitarian Universalist values each RE year. Finally, we explore the monthly denomination-wide worship themes from the Soul Matters program.

This year’s worship themes are: What Does It Mean to be a People of...

  1. September: Vision
  2. October: Sanctuary
  3. November: Memory
  4. December: Mystery
  5. January: Possibility
  6. February: Trust
  7. March: Journey
  8. April: Wholeness
  9. May: Curiosity
  10. June: Beauty

By exploring the monthly worship themes, we strengthen a sense of faith development in community together, across life stages, connecting children, youth, and families with the wider church in multigenerational Sunday celebrations and the morning Time for All Ages.

Programs By Age Group

Ages 6 weeks to three-years-old: Free Nursery Care
On Sunday mornings, nursery care is available free of charge during service for children ages 6 weeks to three-years-old. Supervised child care is also arranged for activities upon request, to allow parents and families to participate in all areas of congregational life. Providers are professional and experienced adults and youth.

PreK & K: Spirit Play
A Montessori-style UU curriculum, Spirit Play incorporates hands-on, aesthetic story and art materials to help children explore stories that come from our Unitarian Universalist principles and sources. This year, we will be exploring the Abrahamic faiths in chronological order.

Grades 1st - 3rd: Spirit Play
A Montessori-style UU curriculum, Spirit Play incorporates hands-on, aesthetic story and art materials to help children explore stories that come from our Unitarian Universalist principles and sources. Children in this class experience a more mature curriculum than the earlier Spirit Play groups. This year, we will be exploring the Abrahamic faiths in chronological order.

Grades 4th - 6th: Bibleodeon; Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs
Bibleodeon is an experiential program introducing young Unitarian Universalists to stories of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. Participants don’t just read but experience great stories of the Hebrew and Christian bibles. They encounter a crime scene that tells the story ofC ain and Abel. They face down the temptation of candy. They conduct a Bible Women’s Awards Night. They construct masks of animals that didn’t make it onto the ark, and build living sculptures. They perform 11 provided playlets.

In Ayat Jamilah, we explore the treasury of Islamic wisdom found all over the world’s countries, and our own. We will see the connection of Islam to the other two Abrahamic faiths most familiar to Unitarian Universalists, with an eye toward better understanding and appreciating our neighbors and the rich religious variety in our communities.

Grades 7th - 9th: Reading Between the Lines; Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs
Reading Between The Lines offers a different way to engage the Bible stories, to connect them with the world around us, and to explore the resonances those stories stir in our inmost depths. Some forms of Bible study treat the Bible as an objective teacher, a ground for doctrine, or a quaint historical record, others look at it as a book of rules for behavior. Reading Between The Lines invites you to use your imagination as well as your intellect, your intuition and your reason. Previously called Bible Workbench, this curriculum is a progressive, non-sectarian approach to appreciating wisdom from the Bible.

In Ayat Jamilah, we explore the treasury of Islamic wisdom found all over the world’s countries, and our own. We will see the connection of Islam to the other two Abrahamic faiths most familiar to Unitarian Universalists, with an eye toward better understanding and appreciating our neighbors and the rich religious variety in our communities.

Grades 8th - 12th: Coming of Age
This year, we will have the supplemental program Coming of Age, a year-long, mentorship and personal exploration program for 9th graders, and a high school Youth Group. Unitarian Universalist teenagers usually join their congregations with a special "Coming of Age" ceremony. This ceremony is often preceded by a year-long curriculum helping them to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and articulate their own beliefs. The Coming of Age ceremony usually features the youth reading their statements of personal belief (credo statements) to the congregation.

Although this program is generally offered for 8th and 9th graders, older high school youth may also opt to participate if they express an interest.

Special Programs

Grades 7th & 8th: Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of curricula for every life stage and is considered the gold standard for comprehensive sexuality education grounded in progressive values.

Grades 8th & 9th: Coming of Age
We offer Coming of Age, a year-long Unitarian Universalist rites of passage program. The end of curriculum is celebrated with a Coming of Age Ceremony where the youth are encouraged to read their statements of personal belief (credo statements) to the congregation.

Questions?

If you have questions, we are here to listen and help. Please feel free to contact Erica Shadowsong, Lifespan Religious Education Director, (412) 621-8008, ext 103

Come to be moved and held in mutual embrace. Come and be made whole.
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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