Supporting an ever-unfolding search for truth
At Unitarian Universalist Community Church, it is our philosophy to approach Religious Exploration as a creative process for all ages, empowering all who participate to nurture a spiritually meaningful life; a life examined and informed by our rich Unitarian Universalist heritage.
Religious Exploration for children and youth this year is under the Religious Exploration Committee, with the Sunday Morning Coordinator and the Youth Advisor, who provide dynamic, relevant and innovative leadership to grow UUCC religious exploration programs for children and youth.
The Sunday Morning Coordinator leads the implementation of Sunday morning religious exploration programs including the 9:15 classrooms and nursery care. She supervises the nursery care workers and adult volunteers for Sunday morning and congregation wide events, and works with the minister to plan wisdom stories and rites of passages relevant to Sunday morning programming.
The Youth Advisor leads the implementation of Peace Jam, Coming of Age and Owl. She works with the minister to integrate youth in the worship and other activities of the church community.
Both staff are responsible for the recruitment, training and coordination of teachers and other volunteers for their respective programs. Maintaining effective communication with the teaching teams, program participants, RE committee, congregation, staff and minister are essential.
The Adult Enrichment Program is under the Leadership of the minister. See Adult Enrichment.
Everyone in the congregation can be involved with Religious Exploration!
- Participate in programs that are available and in activities that involve more than one age group.
- Become actively involved in leadership roles within the program for all ages.
- Respond, support and assist with activities initiated by children and youth, such as attending multi-generational services, contributing to service projects, offering food and supplies for various events.
- Talk with children, youth and others about what is going on for them in Religious Exploration.
A number of policies and procedures related to Children and Youth as part of congregational life are found in How Our Church Works, Section VI. Religious Exploration, and Appendices F. Child Care and G. Nursery Guidelines.