RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

We are serious about our commitment to journey beside you!

Our Religious Education mission is to help young people listen, open, and serve by providing learning experiences that include practical skills and service (promoting UU Principles), playful adventure, and multicultural wisdom (drawing on UU Sources). It’s about creating children and youth who…live mindfully and love faithfully!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Reach out to Sheila Schuh, Director of Religious Education, if you have questions! Grandkids, friends and neighbors are always welcome!

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Programs

Childcare

(6 months – 4 years)
Loving and age-appropriate care is available for children during morning worship services.

Sunday AT 10AM
Chalice Children

(Ages 3 – 4)
Chalice Children strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community.

Sundays at 10AM
Children’s Worship

Young children gather to participate in song, ritual, and story. This worship includes interactive questions, mindfulness practice, and encouragement for families to build their UU faith together all week.

Sundays at 10AM and on demand via Youtube
Children’s Workshops

Workshops of 4-6 weeks are designed to teach the UU Sources of the Living Tradition and to sync up with our Monthly Worship Themes. These include: My Sacred Stage (learning from direct experiences of life), The Good Neighborhood (Jewish and Christian teachings on love), Thinking Cap Lab (humanistic teachings), Superhero City (words and deeds to confront evil), Nature Center (earth-based teachings about life’s sacred cycle), and Guru Gym (wisdom from world religions).

Sundays AT 10:20AM IN PERSON AND ONLINE AT 1PM
UU Green Group

(K – 8th grade)
This advocacy group for environmental justice meets to learn, deepen relationships with the natural world through ritual, and engage in action for animals and the earth. Families often participate together!

Online/ in-person hybrid at various times
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Education

(K – 1st grade, 5th grade)

Jubilee Kids – Racial and Ethnic Identity Development

(5th grade)

The Roller Coaster Challenge

Participants will take the challenge of moving through life’s ups and downs with direction from inner listening and UU values. One’s ability to assess the severity of situations, level of control, communication of needs, and personal strength are supported. Excursions include off site places of worship, and social justice apprenticeships such as voter registration, and a LGBTQ+ project.

SUNDAYS AT 10AM
The Techno Challenge

Participants will take the challenge of balancing their use of technology and their connection to the natural world. One’s ability to make informed choices, use technology wisely, unplug and have fun are supported. Excursions include a trip to The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and social justice apprenticeships include UU Environmental Justice and Petition Sunday.

SUNDAYS AT 10AM
Soulful Sunsets

(6th – 12th grade)
A casual, lightly programmed youth gathering with bonfire and time for friendship, conversation, and music.

Fridays at sunset, once per Worship Theme
UU Green Group

(K – 8th grade)
This advocacy group for environmental justice meets to learn, deepen relationships with the natural world through ritual, and engage in action for animals and the earth. Families often participate together!

Online/ in-person hybrid at various times
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Education

(6th – 8th grade)

Jubilee Kids – Racial and Ethnic Identity Development

(Junior Youth)

Get ready for the journey of a lifetime! Experience a UU church hop, ropes course, retreats, worship, sexuality education, social action, and more! In this small group, teens examine what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist in everyday life in order to help them embrace our mission and history more fully. We will explore connections with and the importance of community, self, others, and life giving sources/spiritual practices. Youth will be encouraged to articulate what they believe as well as how they perceive themselves to be living their values within our culture. They will address stumbling blocks as they move toward listening, opening to wonder, and serving together with love and humility. Culminating activities include a pilgrimage to historical UU sites in Boston and Walden Pond and a worship service celebrating their year of growth. As this is a journey group, COA enrollment only remains open until mid October.

*Youth may participate in both Youth Group and Coming of Age in the same year.

Sundays at 11:30AM with special program elements
Soulful Sunsets

(6th – 12th grade)
A casual, lightly programmed youth gathering with bonfire and time for friendship, conversation, and music.

Fridays at sunset, once per Worship Theme
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Education

(9th grade)

Check it out! Open to all high school teens, Youth Group is a youth-driven meet-up with room for everyone to get involved in community building, social action, and spiritual development! Come when you can or be part of a strong core of regulars. Typical group activities include a weekly check-in and a learning/action activity—everything from art meditation to packing condoms, from planning a fundraiser for scholarships in Honduras to making videos or CDs! Social action projects and learning are in partnership with a First Unitarian ministry and one national UU initiative!

*Youth may participate in both Youth Group and Coming of Age in the same year.

Sundays at 10AM
Soulful Sunsets

(6th – 12th grade)
A casual, lightly programmed youth gathering with bonfire and time for friendship, conversation, and music.

Fridays at sunset, once per Worship Theme
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Education

(10th – 12th grade)

All Community Worship

Intergenerational worship services mark special liturgical points in the church year, in addition to weekly Children’s Worship and Youth Soulful Sunsets. These services invite all members of First Unitarian into special rituals such as Memory Tree, Solstice, and Flower Communion.

Soul Adventures!

These community outings are a chance for families to learn, do, or just be together in the wider Rochester area. Lightly programmed, these will invite shared experiences and reflection, fun and exploration for families of any make-up!

Once per Worship Theme; Variable times
UU Families of Color

A casual hangout for families of RE participants who identify as non-white, including Hispanic and Latinx children and youth. Potlucks, outings, and casual meet ups provide space for connecting.

UU Families in Action

Watch for opportunities on social media and your RE newsletter for chances to participate in social justice work in line with our First U mission and Principles.

Parenting as Spiritual Practice

A monthly offering for any parent/guardian who wishes to learn non-violent communication skills, mindfulness techniques, and how to nourish gratitude. This year the focus is on GROUNDING from a Buddhist perspective and JUST Communication.

Single or Post-Divorce Parenting

A quarterly offering for parents who are single, co-parenting or parallel parenting with a caregiver in another household.

UU Family Circle Training

An annual offering for families wanting to integrate UU values more deeply into home life. Basics of equity-based communication, family circle process, mindfulness practice, and gratitude practice will be shared.

Anti-racism Circle for Whites

An annual offering for families wanting to integrate UU values more deeply into home life. Basics of equity-based communication, family circle process, mindfulness practice, and gratitude practice will be shared.

Starting Point

An Introduction to the UU Journey. Usually a 4-class series, this series offers a look at Unitarian Universalism in general and First Unitarian in specific.

Contact Shannan Foos.

Special needs

If your child has a special need, our Friends in Faith program may be able to help.

Contact Sheila to discuss.

Pastoral Care

An annual offering for families wanting to integrate UU values more deeply into home life. Basics of equity-based communication, family circle process, mindfulness practice, and gratitude practice will be shared. Contact us with questions.

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Some RE programs have parent meetings scheduled as part of your child’s learning. You will be notified individually of these. For questions about out Parent Orientation to our program contact Sheila. Looking for a group that doesn’t (yet) exist? Contact Sheila (585-271-9070 x109).

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