UUCE Religious Education
In response to the current health crisis
Children’s Religious Classes are temporarily postponed.
Hello and welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Erie’s RE page! Here at the UUCE, we are a like-minded community and want to help raise children who are kind, respectful, fair-minded, and confident individuals. We nurture truth-seeking, spirituality, and progressive moral values that will continue to shape and support our children as they grow.
To do this, our youth RE program aims to provide a spiritual home where everyone can share without being judged or ridiculed; where we can feel accepted for who we are and be encouraged to grow in mind, body and spirit.
What is RE, you ask? Well, it stands for Religious Education, or as some like to say, Religious Exploration. Our religious education (RE) program draws our teachings from the UU’s 7 Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. These principles are drawn from 6 Sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture and personal experience. This entails teaching the principles of peace, justice, and kindness, the underlying principles of every religion. We strive to show how these principles can be practiced in everyday living and encourage them to find ways to use or honor them in their daily lives.
7 Principles (Children’s Version)
Each person is important.
We treat one another with respect and kindness
We spend our whole lives learning how to be the best people we can be.
Together we learn about the world and what is true.
Everyone has the right to use their voice and be heard.
Together we work to create a world that is peaceful and fair to everyone.
We respect our earth and all living things.
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
- Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Who is included?
We welcome and celebrate our children’s various cultures, races, families, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations.
Who teaches our youth?
We ask our adult members to be teachers, volunteers and mentors for our children. We also encourage our youth to value, respect and become part of the adult congregation. All teachers are required to have a background check and training before they are placed in the classroom.
What is expected?
We are a cooperative venture and parents play an important role in the success of the program. As parents, you can contribute by volunteering, bringing your children to church regularly, contributing resources with time, materials, or money, and helping your children integrate into the congregation.
Our children already make the world better through their loving presence. We seek to both learn from their joyful, open hearts, and to support them in their growth and most beautiful unfolding.
If you are interested in more information about the RE program or would like to be included in our monthly newsletter, please submit your information and we will be in touch!