Elementary School Children

7 UU Principles – Youth 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.

Our Philosophy

The UUCE Children’s Religious Education program provides experience to enable our young people to develop their own religious philosophy and approach to life in the context of a Unitarian Universalist religious community. We honor the world’s great religions and expose our youth to their basic teaching. We teach the principles of peace, justice, and kindness, the underlying principles of all the world’s religions and show how these principles can be practiced in everyday living.

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.

One Community, One Family

We welcome and celebrate our children’s various cultures, races, families, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations.

Guided by our seven principles, we of all ages seek a spiritual home where we can share without being judged or ridiculed; where we can feel accepted for who we are and be encouraged to grow and learn and explore our spirituality while helping others do the same.

In this spirit, we ask our adult members to be teachers, volunteers and mentors for our children. We encourage our youth to value, respect and become part of the adult congregation. 

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.

Program Goals

Provide a safe, supportive and loving space for the exploration and cultivation of personal values while also recognizing those of the surrounding community.

Create an atmosphere of acceptance and celebration of difference, both in the human and natural worlds.

Provide young people with a variety of new experiences and new people.

Goals for Students

Observe, analyze, and discover truth without relying on the opinions of others.

Form healthy and safe relationships.

Favor love, curiosity, reverence, and empathy.

Express their own voice with confidence.

Add value to every encounter and every group of which they are a part.

Elementary Age Youth

Programming combines story, song, art,

movement, discussion, and play to engage children with many learning styles and activity levels. We want to help raise children who are  kind, respectful, fair-minded, and strong enough to side with love and fight for justice. We nurture truth-seeking, spirituality, and progressive moral values that will continue to shape and support our children as they grow.

Middle School Youth

Programming builds social confidence, personal and religious identity, and friendship bonds that cross generations. Through

friendships and mentoring relationships, we engage in the age-old question “Who am I?,” doing the serious (and not so serious) work of identity formation.

Coming of Age

In Coming of Age programs, we explore not only what it means to be Unitarian Universalist (UU), but what it means to be you. Over the course of a year, youth gather for fun workshops, retreats, and justice projects. With mentors and guides,

participants explore what they believe, what they find meaningful, and how to build a spiritual “toolkit” to help them as they face the joys, sorrows, wonders, and challenges of being human.