The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own. -- William Ellery Channing
Many families find UUI when they are looking for a church home that will celebrate them for who they are and support them through the joys and sorrows of life.
At UUI we are proud to offer a religious education program that encourages children to grow into the unique individuals they are.
In addition to learning about the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition, our program is designed to inspire our children and youth to embark on a life-long search for what is true for them, to learn about world religions, acquire the knowledge they need for making a difference in the world, and learn a sense of responsibility for others and for the Earth. We want to equip them with resources that will allow them to face the challenges of life with compassion and integrity and feel they are part of something larger than themselves.
We are excited and honored to accompany your child on this important part of their journey as they explore the big questions in life.
We hope you will join us this Sunday!
For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions and our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Susanne Hinson-Rieger, is always available at RE@UUI.org or 317-418-1679.
Fall & Winter 2017 Classes
We encourage families to make regular church attendance a priority. Your family's participation will enrich the experience for everyone, allowing stronger connections to be made as our children and youth learn and grow together!
Preschool Class (ages 3 & 4)
Our preschoolers will once again be using the Chalice Children Curriculum which is based on the philosophy that a child's spiritual development is related to the child's own direct experiences and this year's theme will be an age-appropriate exploration of our 7 UU Principles and 6 UU Sources.
Kindergarten -2nd Grade Class
Walking the Rainbow Path
Using simple language and the rainbow as a mnemonic, our children will learn our 7 UU principles. These lessons help kids explore how the principles can serve as a guide to ethical, compassionate living when we apply them in our relationships with ourselves, our friends and families, our communities, and our world.
3rd Grade - 4th Grade Class
Written by one of our DRE's very favorite RE curriculum authors, Bibleodean is a really fun curriculum thatteaches about the Hebrew and Christian Bibles through a Unitarian Universalist lens. This is a great tool to help our children receive a comprehensive religious education and be at a level of cultural literacy they will find helpful in our society.
5th Grade - 6th Grade Class
A Year of Social Justice
This year we're going to focus on social justice. Susie DeLoach, co-chair of the UUI Social Justice Committee, will be meeting with the class once a month to get their ideas and help them plan projects, field trips and fundraisers. The class will have more opportunities to make choices and move towards being more self-directed.
7th Grade - 10th Grade Coming of Age Class
This special program is designed to mark the transition from childhood to youth. By participating in Coming of Age, we hope that our youth will:
- Assume responsibility for their own physical, mental, and spiritual well-being;
- Gain self-confidence and realize that their feelings are valid and that their opinions matter;
- Expand their vision of the world by allowing them to encounter differing views, cultures, and life experiences;
- Understand they have an important role in their family, their church, and the larger community;
- Develop a personal value system; and
- Realize they are non-judgmentally accepted in our church community, and that it is a safe place for them to be themselves.
They will go on two retreats, watch movies and talk about their spiritual aspects, design a service project, talk about the "big questions" in life, play games, write faith statements, get to know each other and laugh a lot!
All of this will end with a final celebration and a community recognition. Each youth will be paired with an adult mentor of the same gender who will guide the youth in their journey to define their religious beliefs.
9th - 12th Grade Class
For Senior High youth not participating in Coming of Age, this will be a facilitated group, largely directed by the youth. Activities can include field trips, social and racial justice work, Popcorn Theology, cooking & ethical eating, just to name a few.
Other Religious Education Opportunities
Children and Youth Choir
Children and Youth Choir, directed by Andrea Groner, in consultation with UUI Choir Director Linda Parr, is starting in September!
Each class will meet with Andrea and Linda in the Commons building for between 10 and 15 minutes depending on the age group, during RE Class one Sunday a month. Choirs will sing in church several times a year and additional rehearsals will be announced as needed.
Be sure to join us for extended UUI time from 12pm to 2pm every second Sunday of the month, to share a meal together and participate in a variety of options for education, discussion, and shared fun for all ages.
Parents of Preschoolers Group
Habitat for Humanity Youth Service Trips
Citywide Our Whole Lives (OWL)