Religious Exploration & Group Meetings
Children & Youth
Children and Youth Religious Exploration programming at UUCJ strives to
/in’spī’ur/ v. excite energies, ideals, or reverence
/fāTH/ n. a confident or wholehearted belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
We actively seek to invoke a sense of wonder and awe about life, and it’s many gifts. We work towards cultivating a sense of UU identity while fostering divergent thinking. We explore our UU values through experiential lessons and engaging stories. We do not want only to take the children from A to B. We want to give them A and help them realize their own path to B and beyond! Our kids are often given leadership opportunities and asked to help craft their worship. After all, it is THEIR worship!
We center our programming around what we call the Big Ideas.
These ideas are values and concepts stemming from our seven principles.
At each stage of programming, we focus on three Big Ideas and each session is related to one of those Big Ideas.
We believe that a child exploring these Big Ideas on a consistent basis will live an enriched life.
Tadpole Cove (0-PreK)
Tadpole Cove is a welcoming, energetic space for children from 0 to 5 years old. This nursery provides structure and familiarity to children while encouraging exploration and curiosity through play and socialization. Tadpole Cove is open from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Please join us in the Howe room.
You are Loved You are Never Alone Love Made You
The Water Village (K-5th)
The Water Village is a loving community where children are invited to be a part of a living story. Water Villagers worship together through an engaging story, UU rituals, and experiential learning activities. They experience what it means to be a community and learn how to practice UU values. Please sign-in at the blue kiosk outside of the Sanctuary. The children travel together from service to The Water Village.
I Treat Myself with Love I Treat Others with Love I Treat the Earth with Love
Last Sunday, we stayed in service to participate in our Flower Communion! We had a MakerSpace in the back of the Sanctuary where many of us made beautiful flowers from yarn and other materials.
House of Walenthorpe (6th-12th)
Walenthorpe is a story-land community in a fictional wizardry school. In the “real” world it’s a community of youth who meet every Sunday after service. In this sacred space they explore theology and decide how they will use their faith in everyday life. Youth come to Walenthorpe for many different reasons. No matter what their initial reasons for coming, after a while, they realize they all come for the same reason: to be in community, to learn, to laugh, to love. Walenthorpe meets in the Emerson room every Sunday from 12:15pm – 1:15pm.
The Big Ideas
Should I practice honesty with myself and others? Should I practice open-mindedness? Should I practice willingness?
Last week in Walenthorpe!
The Sunday before last we explored; Memorial Day
Last Sunday we explored the following topics; Flower Communion
Discussion Highlights from both Sundays
- Memorial Day has been changed. Corporations have made it about spending money.
- Memorial Day is a day of mourning loss.
- You can celebrate but also remember to commemorate the people who have died for us, for freedom.
- We honor those who sacrificed themselves by celebrating them.
- How do sales help remember those who died to war?!
- Flower Communion makes us feel apart of the community.
- By placing the flower we express our free will and choice to be in community with each other.
- We are accepted for who we are in the community and this feels good.
- Our religion has few rituals and traditions (this is not a bad thing). This is one of them and it is really nice to have. It helps us feel united.
- We had an impromptu improvisational percussion jam fest on random items in the room.
For adults, we offer Religious Exploration classes and group meetings throughout the week:
- Spiritual Studies: This class studies selected readings or books on spirituality. All are welcome. For more information contact David Keel. Sundays @9:30am in the Channing Room.
- Playing with Ideas: This class meets Sundays @ 9:30-10:30 in the Anthony Room.
- We Agnostics: An AA meeting for atheists, agnostics, and others of a more liberal religious persuasion. Tuesdays @ 7pm in the Anthony Room.
- Jax Soto Zen Meditation: Led by Dr. Roger Cochran. Mondays @ 7:00pm in the Anthony Room. (Does not meet on 5th Monday of the month).
- Covenant Groups: Build personal connections in an atmosphere of mutual trust. Our Covenant Groups are a small gathering of people who meet regularly to get to know each other and explore significant questions involving spirituality and the business of living. If you are interested in joining a group or would simply like more info, contact Christopher Pridham.