Lifespan Faith Development takes commitment, intentionality, and love, and particularly expresses our Core Values of Spiritual Growth and Inquiry.
The Adult Programs Team oversees many groups, such as the Reading Circle, Song Circle, and Vegetarian/Vegan Potluck group, but the team also presents and organizes meaningful Adult Religious Education (RE) programs for Sunday mornings.
Recent curricula have included:
- Becoming UU, an exploratory curriculum usually presented twice a year for those interested in joining our congregation.
- A study group using Marcus Borg’s Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time as a jumping-off point for in-depth study and spiritual growth.
- UUWaco “Unchoir,” a music sharing group exploring chant and rhythm together.
If you’re interested in learning more about Sunday morning Adult Faith Development opportunities and programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and check the calendar to see what is offered each Sunday.
Children & Youth’s Religious Education
Our Religious Education (RE) program is based on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s “Seven Principles” and “Sources of Wisdom”. UUWaco’s RE program is staffed entirely by volunteers with the exception of our two paid Nursery workers. Every class is led by two non-related adults (all adults who wish to work with children must agree to a background check). RE starts at 9:45 on first and third Sundays, and ends shortly before the main service.
During the summer months (June through August), Children’s RE is on hiatus; supervised play on the playground or in RE classrooms will be available so parents can attend Adult Faith Development as desired.
- In the Nursery, children ages newborn to 4 years old play, read, and sing in a safe and welcoming environment. We choose books and songs with positive themes and values such as friendship, family, love, cooperation, respect, and taking care of the earth. We have a variety of rhythm instruments (shaky eggs, bells, etc.) and toys with which the children can play.
- The Pollywogs class for 4-7 year olds engages children through a variety of age-appropriate activities. Children explore UU principles and ideas through songs, stories, movement, games and hands-on crafts. We are currently using the UUA’s curriculum “Love Surrounds Us.” Description: At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. This program explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.
- The Phrogs class for 8-12 year-olds is currently studying the UUA’s curriculum “Virtual Ethics: An Ethical Development Program.” It is a Tapestry of Faith Program available for all UU congregations. Description: “We make hundreds of decisions every day. Some are small. Some are life changing, although we may not know their significance when we make them. This program’s premise—in the words of the Buddha, recited in every workshop Opening—is that “our thoughts and actions become habits and our habits shape our character.” We have some control over our character. We can shape the person we want to be by making intentional, thoughtful decisions.”
- Youth ages 13 to 18 are welcome to choose between joining the Phrogs or Adult RE classes. Starting in Fall 2014 a Coming of Age youth group is planned, in which participants will examine their own beliefs and spiritual growth, ending with the creation of a personal “credo” or belief statement, which will be shared with the full congregation at the end of the program. This group will meet at a separate time during the week.
Interested in assisting our great group of parents and interested members? Contact email@example.com.
The UUWaco Humanist Covenant Group meets on the second Wednesday each month to share a meal and dig into the deep questions of life. Each month a new question or idea is presented and discussed. The Humanist Group has been going strong for nearly ten years, and is open to all members and friends of UUWaco. For information on the next meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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