At UUI we offer a religious education program that encourages children and youth to grow into the unique individuals they are.
Our program is designed to inspire a life-long search for truth, and to nurture a sense of responsibility for others and for the Earth. We want to equip each child 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 or contact our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Susanne Hinson-Rieger, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-418-1679.
All children and youth must be registered so we know how to contact you and to ensure we know how to meet your child’s needs. Registration is quick, easy and free!
Our nursery is a warm environment staffed by consistent, paid child care providers. Here our littlest UU's are provided with age-appropriate toys and loving, attentive care.
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!
September - November 2019
Preschool Class (ages 3 & 4)
Chalice Children Curriculum
Our preschoolers will 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. Each week we read a story book with a story basket, and then dive deeper into the theme of the book with song, art, nature, games and more. Some of the stories we will be sharing are Will Ladybug Hug, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, The Colors of Us, Julian is a Mermaid, Thunder Boy, Jr. and The Great Kapok Tree.
Kindergarten - 1st Grade Class (and homeschool/unschool equivalent)
Our makerspace curriculum is perfect for this age group who need more free time to explore at their own pace, use their imaginations freely, and need undivided attention of their group leaders. Each week we will read a story book that will deal with life issues such as being kind, fairness, working together, hearing others, consent, and self-acceptance on an age-appropriate level and all through an anti-bias/anti-racist/multi-cultural lens. We will play games and have time to explore with our makerspace materials.
2nd - 3rd Grade Class (and homeschool/unschool equivalent)
4th - 5th Grade Class (and homeschool/unschool equivalent)
We will be focusing on the making a difference in the world and living our UU principles.
We will be doing a lot of service projects on campus and taking a lot of field trips.
We will also be building our own community by doing fun things together. Last year we played laser tag and watched a movie together.
6th - 8th Grade Class
Social Justice Year
We will be learning about why we do social justice work, from a Unitarian Universalist perspective and then choosing projects that matter to our youth.
It’s going to be an amazing year!
9th - 12th Grade Class
This year we will be youth-directed and adult advisor supported and supervised.
Youth Group is the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. We share lunch, discussion, games, youth worship and more.
Class is each week during the service, after the Words for All Ages portion of the service.
We will be reading books, watching movies and tv shows to discuss
Doing service projects such as a laundromat surprise, working at a soup kitchen, working at a food pantry and more.
Volunteering at church together
Taking field trips like going to movies, the apple orchard, Haunted Indiana trip, Youth CONs, a summer Service trip and more!
Youth are welcome to bring a friend!
Other Religious Education Opportunities
Citywide Our Whole Lives (OWL)