Spirit Play is a Unitarian Universalist program of religious education that evolved from a long line of Montessori-based religious education programming, including Sofia Cavalletti’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Jerome Berryman’s Godly Play™, and Joyce Zaugg’s The Children’s Hour. It is based on story and ritual, play and creativity. Spirit Play gives children the tools to make meaning of their lives within the container of Unitarian Universalism.

Spirit Play I (PreK – K)
For the 2023-24 year, our stories come from the book Hide and Seek with God by Mary Ann Moore.

Spirit Play II (1st – 3rd)
For the 2023-24 year, we explore stories, liturgy, and holidays from the world’s wisdom traditions.
Contact Erica if you have any questions

Building a Better World (4th – 8th)

This curriculum helps participants co-create a world setting for a role-playing game while exploring questions of ethics, morality, and social justice. With discussion questions and activities, participants will explore the topics of race, ecology, mortality, class, abilities, goals, community, gender identity, diversity, exclusion, cultural appropriation, and all of the “ism’s” that plague our attempts to build a better world. While building a better world for their chosen role-playing game, participants may discover ways to build a better world in the here and now.

*All minors are required to be registered to participate in religious education classes and events; please visit our registration form here.

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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.