2017-2018 Religious Education Classes
Our regular year Religious Education programming for children and youth begins September 17, 2017. All families must submit a current registration form. Our regular religious programming runs September-June. In July and August we have Summer RE for 1st-5th grade.
We need parents or guardians to volunteer a few hours helping with RE. Please review the list of activities linked below to see how you can participate in our program.
- Check out our RE Brochure for 2017-2018
- Review RE Volunteer Opportunities 2016-2017
- Register a child through our new Breeze member database using the New Family Form or Returning Family Form.
Birth to Age 4 Nursery Rainbow Children
Our trained nursery staff create a welcoming, inviting place for children not yet ready for our formal religious education classes. In the nursery, children are introduced to our values of love and kindness through modeled behavior, sharing, and fun activities. All toys are cleaned regularly.
Grades Prek-K Love Surrounds Us
In this program, children identify intangible gifts central to Unitarian Universalism such as friendship, hospitality and fairness, and share these gifts with others.
Grades 1-2 Keepers of the Earth
This environmental curriculum teaches children respect and stewardship of the Earth and all living things. Beginning with Native American stories, this curriculum provides our children with an abundance of hands-on activities that will inspire them to understand and appreciate Native American cultures and the Earth.
Grade 3 Faithful Journeys
Participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Through sessions structured around the Unitarian Universalist Principles, Faithful Journeys demonstrates that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals can affirm with many kinds of action. Over the course of the program, children discover a unity of faith in the many different ways Unitarian Universalists, including themselves, can act on our beliefs.
Grades 4-5 Bibleodoen
This curriculum introduces biblical scriptures by presenting the best-known Hebrew and Christian stories with fun and interactive games, such as investigating the Cain and Abel crime scene and solving the “Mystery of the Day.” The children explore connections between biblical events and UU principles, between biblical ideas and their own lives.
Grades 6-7 Neighboring Faiths
This world religions program deepens our children’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. The youth will have field trips to nearby religious communities.
Grades 8-9 Coming of Age
The Coming of Age program at Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady offers eighth and ninth graders an engaging and structured atmosphere in which to explore significant issues at this transitional stage of life. It is comparable to a confirmation or bar/bat mitzvah. For more information on this program, check out our Coming of Ae: A Modern Rite of Passage page.
Grades 10 -12 Senior Youth Group
Youth group meets Sunday mornings, 10:30 AM – 12 noon in Waters House. Our youth group is open to the youth of our congregation and their friends. Our advisors work in collaboration with the youth; all working toward empowering the group to be youth-led and directed. Youth group focuses on five components: social action/justice, worship, activities and fellowship, learning, and leadership opportunity. Committed youth group members may also participate in regional and continental events, including Youth Conferences (Cons) and the Youth Caucus at General Assembly. Cons are held throughout the year at various UU congregations throughout the region. These weekend youth retreats offer opportunities for friendship and spiritual reflection in addition to workshops, worship, dances, shared meals and communal living.