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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE)
The religious education program for young people in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville is the foundation for a dynamic, lifelong, spiritual journey. We strive to create intergenerational experiences that build bridges, celebrate diversity and provide opportunities for growth. Students are taught about UU principles, history and other world religions. They are given the tools and nurturing environment they need to develop and articulate their own personal beliefs.
Parents are encouraged to complete one or both of the following forms (as necessary) to enroll their children in Religious Education and/or Child Care:
Nursery care is provided upstairs in the Parish House during church services for children up to 4 years of age.
Classes for Pre-K through Junior High School students are presented upstairs in the Parish House each Sunday. Young people attend the first twenty minutes of the church service with their parents before proceeding to class.
The Youth Group meets every Sunday from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Parish House.
Click here to view themes developed during the 2010 Religious Education Appreciative Inquiry Session.
Our Whole Lives – Sexuality Education
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s sexuality education curriculum, Our Whole Lives, is a series of programs developed in collaboration with the United Church of Christ for five age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, and adults. The program is typically presented for a different age group each year. Contact the Religious Education Director to learn more or to be notified about the next scheduled sessions.
Unitarian Universalist Principles in Children’s Language
1. We believe that each and every person is important.
2. We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
3. We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
4. We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
5. We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
6. We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
7. We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
"We are resolved to protect individual freedom of belief. This freedom must include the child as well as the parent. The freedom for which we stand is not freedom of belief as we please,... not freedom to evade responsibility, ...but freedom to be honest in speech and action, freedom to respect one's own integrity of thought and feeling, freedom to question, to investigate, to try, to understand life and the universe in which life abounds, freedom to search anywhere and everywhere to find the meaning of Being, freedom to experiment with new ways of living that seem better than the old."
– Sophia Lyon Fahs