Religious Exploration for Children & Youth
UUFCO’s growing Religious Exploration program offers children and youth a foundation based on the principles of Unitarian Universalism and a supportive community in which spiritual awareness, tolerance, acceptance, and personal growth are nurtured. We challenge our children to think about their world, their beliefs, and how to live harmoniously with all living things and the earth.
Sunday Morning Programs
About 30 children are enrolled in our Sunday morning children’s RE program, with an average participation of 20 children each Sunday. In addition to our three-quarter time Interim Director of Religious Exploration, and childcare and teaching staff, we have many committed volunteers from the congregation, all with back ground checks and following our “two adults in the room at all times” rule.
We are an affirming multigenerational community. Read about a typical Sunday morning.
There are many opportunities to teach and learn in our Sunday School classrooms. Teachers are paired with a co-teacher and given framing and support from the Director of RE and other team members. The goal is to have 4 adults for each team so everyone has time in the classroom and out of the classroom. Contact the Interim Director of Religious Exploration for more information and to sign up.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a lifespan comprehensive sexuality education curriculum developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association. (Read more on UUA site.) It is offered every other year to rotating age groups and is open to children from the wider Central Oregon community, if space allows. OWL honors and recognizes the diversity of all participants with respect to biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and disability status. Activities and language in the curriculum have been carefully chosen to be as inclusive as possible.
A youth program is currently in development. Youth bonding is the basis for a healthy program, and our 6-8th grade youth have become a very tight cohort. We offer social gatherings as well as social justice opportunities through our youth program. Next year, we will start a Coming of Age program that will foster deeper connections with our older age groups.
Special Programs and Activities
Our children and youth reach beyond Sunday morning experiences and into the community by serving meals at a local homeless shelter, creating backpacks with school supplies and food kits for children in need, and participating in the Guest at Our Table program. RE program sleepovers, family art nights, and preparation for our annual Christmas pageant provide opportunities for bonding, creativity, and family fun.