The purpose of the Religious Education (RE) Program is to prepare our children to live spiritually, responsibly, compassionately and intentionally in a complex world. Our efforts are driven by the vision of “growing the soul” and helping students become excited about and come to cherish spiritual life while we guide and support children and families on their journey as lifelong Unitarian Universalists.
The RE Council (REC) is a group of lay leaders who work cooperatively with our professional religious educator to fulfill First Unitarian’s vision for rich, meaningful religious programming for children and youth. The Council meets monthly during the church year to discuss progress, programming, needs, and new initiatives.
Membership in the REC is open to interested volunteers who are available to lead hands-on project work, meet monthly with the group, and work with the Interim Lifespan Education Director as needed in separate meetings. This requires a one-year commitment. The Council meets monthly and as the Council may elect. If you are interested in having a direct influence on religious education here at First Unitarian, join the RE Council!
Volunteer Opportunities in the RE Program | A Teaching Ministry
Lay volunteers teach our Religious Education programs. Any congregant may volunteer; however, parents with enrolled children are particularly encouraged to volunteer to teach or participate in the Religious Education Program during their sojourn at First Unitarian. Teachers generally teach in teams of four. Team teaching limits a volunteer’s commitment to 13-14 teaching Sundays per church year. We try to make teaching a pleasurable and rewarding experience. Teachers receive orientation, quality curricula, supplies, and continuous support by RE staff and RE Council members. First Unitarian must conduct a child-safety background check on all RE teachers per First Unitarian’s Children and Youth Protection Program.
Teaching is an opportunity to meet other adults in our community, to learn more about Unitarian Universalist beliefs, and make an important contribution to our children and our faith community. If you are interested in teaching, and have been attending regularly for at least six months, please contact the Interim Lifespan Education Director or any member of the RE Council.
Religious Education Contacts
Our Minister, religious educator, and the RE Committee are here to listen and help. Please feel free to contact any of them.
Rev. Dr. David Herndon
(412) 621-8008, extension 102
Lifespan Religious Education Director
(412) 621-8008, ext 103 (church)
We welcome all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin; gender or gender identification, affectional preference or sexual orientation; age, physical or mental challenge; or social, economic, or marital status.