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.
Register for 2018-2019 Religious Exploration!
We're getting ready to kick off a new church year at UUI, and we are excited to invite families with children and youth, infant through 12th grade, to register for our Religious Exploration Program! Online registration is quick, easy and free and it helps us plan and staff for the upcoming year. Register here.
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 - 1st Grade Class
Walking the Rainbow Path
This is the second year UUI has used Rainbow Path! Developed by Rev. Laurie Bushbaum, the goal was to create a “developmentally appropriate way for children to clearly understand the UU Principles, begin to name their own religious/spiritual experiences, give them stories and language that create a framework on which to build their own belief system and to nurture their ethical growth.” 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. At UUI, we apply anti-oppression, anti-bias, multi-cultural lens to all our curricula.
2nd - 3rd Grade Class
URUU (You Are UU)
This is a UU identity curriculum. We will learn about being Unitarian Universalists, the 7 Principles, the 6 Sources, the Flaming Chalice, famous UU’s (there will be trading cards!), complete social justice projects, play games, and there will be other fun activities. This is a milestone program, similar to programs similarly-aged children in Christian churches are going through. The class will end with a special ceremony during the December 2 Church Service at which every child who completes the program will receive a special chalice to take home.
4th - 5th Grade Class
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
We will be learning about faith traditions different from our own through a UU lens. We will be watching some really awesome short videos, taking trips to local places of worship and having deep discussions about what we’ve learned.
It’s going to be an amazing year!
9th - 12th Grade Class
This year we will be on a four-week Sunday morning rotation:
· reading a book together and discussing it/choosing discussion/curriculum topics
· taking field trips/doing service projects
· volunteering at church together
· Staying in service for the sermon, having lunch afterwards and discussing it with our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger.
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)