Greetings from the Religious Education Ministry!
Jess Pond, Director of Religious Education

Religious Education classes start September 18! To register your child for the 2022-2023 Religious Education year, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/4LzWAX73L8vwNQWV6

Check out the RE Calendar here: https://rb.gy/hxvmju 

Our classes:

Pre-K & Kindergarten: Consistent with Unitarian Universalist Principles, in Pre-K we will learn about loving and respecting ourselves, our families, our church, our community, the earth, and the world around us.  We will celebrate ourselves, all kinds of holidays, the seasons, diversity, and anything else we can think of.  Our curriculum is flexible and ever-developing, responding to the interests of our students.

Grades 1-3, Spirit Play: Spirit Play is a Unitarian Universalist program of religious education that evolved from a long line of Montessori-based religious education programming. This curriculum seeks to engage children in the existential questions about life within the context of the Unitarian Universalist faith. Stories are presented dealing with these questions accessing our broad base of sources. They are presented using an active storytelling method followed by a “wondering” time that opens up the child’s response to the story, then the child is free to work directly with that story or another, or to respond to the story or to their feelings with art materials.

Grades 4-6, Our Whole Lives: Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curriculum. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.

Grades 7 & 8, Heeding the Call: As Unitarian Universalists, we are called not to admire justice from a distance but to live right in it, under its roof. This series of workshops offers a unique opportunity to engage youth in the critical work of developing skills as Unitarian Universalists committed to social justice. The workshops encourage youth to reflect on their own lives while also making connections to the lives lived by others. This both/and approach increases youth’s self-awareness while also developing leadership skills. The stories offer real-life examples of people facing the complexities of living lives of justice. It is under this roof that the youth become Justice Makers. Justice does not come into being automatically. Individuals must work together, learn together, listen together, laugh together, and heed the call together.

Grades 9-12, Youth Group: High school students are encouraged to explore living into Unitarian Universalist beliefs with each other, engaging in their own searches for what they believe is right and true in life. Youth develop leadership skills through participation in a youth-led, covenant-based environment.

More ways to connect with us:

– Join our Facebook page for updated news and events!
Facebook Group “UUCB Religious Education

– If you are interested in any of the classes, projects, or other groups that we are starting, please contact DRE Jess, at jpond@buffalouu.org

Important Message: Stay tuned for future plans for our nursery.

We will need a Nursery teacher for our Infants and Toddlers. We are looking for someone with Infant/Toddler experience who is willing to work Sunday mornings from 9:30am to 1:00 PM. The position pays $15.00 per hour. We will train the candidate and arrange for CPR training.

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