Provide programming and support in a safe and caring environment to equip families to incorporate Unitarian Universalism into their daily lives.
To nurture families toward wholeness and compassion and empower them to build a just and equitable world.
Within the Religious Education program of this church we are guided by the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism:
- 1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.
- 2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
- 3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
- 4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
- 5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
- 6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
- 7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
Our Children's Religious Education Committee and Volunteers Strive to:
- Provide a safe environment for all participants
- Provide opportunities for reverence and a spirit of worship in our children and youth
- Encourage children, youth, and volunteers in practices that develop Open-Mindedness
- Encourage children, youth, and volunteers in practices that develop Loving Hearts
- Encourage children, youth, and volunteers in practices that develop Helping Hands
- Encourage a Healthy Sense of Self
- Become Knowledgeable about Unitarian Universalism
At Westside, we value our children as the individuals of worth and dignity that they are. We encourage them to take part in the life of the church, enjoying their participation in social activities, like dances, picnics, camping trips and talent shows, as well as attending part of the worship service. We also have activities geared specifically for the children and youth, especially our religious education classes.
Every Sunday the children join us in the service and are invited to either sit up front on cushions just for them, or sit with their adult(s). The children's religious education classes are held between services.
Religious Education Classes
Classes meet between services, from 10:15 to 11am. The classes are divided according to age and school grade and are named after notable people in the UU tradition. Listed below are the classes and the corresponding age/grade level:
- Sophia Fah's Class - Pre-K
- Clara Barton Class - Kindergarten-2nd Grade
- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Class - 3rd-5th Grade
- Whitney Young Class - 6th-8th Grade
- Ralph Waldo Emerson Class - 9th-12th Grade
Our educational theme for the year is "Roots, Hold Us Close," focused on Unitarian Universalist Identity.