Diane MelvinOur elementary religious education classes are immersed in learning about Unitarian Universalism and our seven principles this year. Using the curriculum “We Believe,” the children are exploring our history and values through games, crafts, and activities designed to help them experience & think about different ideas as well as express what they mean to each of them.

Our 7th and 8th grade class will be wrapping up their Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Program at the end of March. They have had an excellent year of learning and exploration of this important subject.

The 9th grade Coming of Age class will also be wrapping up their program this month as well. In March the youth will be working with their mentors to write their faith statements as well as enjoy their final weekend Wilderness Journey retreat. For their social justice component of their program they are serving lunch at Ministry with Community and collecting new socks to give to the members there.

You won’t want to miss the Coming of Age service on March 30th where these 14 youth will be sharing their faith statements with the congregation.

Our 10-12th grade class has switched their curriculum focus this year from exploring their faith journeys to examining current issues for teens through a UU lens. These include lessons values, stereotypes, bullying, self-harm, healthy coping skills and substance use and abuse.

We are blessed to have so many wonderful volunteer RE teachers to lead all ten RE classes we offer for preschool through high school this year!

Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Director of Religious Education

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