First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Religious Education Curriculum

The curriculum for 2017-2018 focuses
on world religions and the six sources of
Unitarian Universalism. Some classes will
explore stories from other faiths. Some classes
will learn about different beliefs and even
have a chance to visit houses of worship.

Preschool through Grade 1 will have Spirit
Play in the Alexander Graham Bell room.

Grades 2-3 will learn about Holidays and
Holy Days in the Sophia Lyon Fahs room.

Grades 5-8 will get to know the range of
religious experience with Building Bridges in
the John Adams room.

Grades 9-12 will plan
to visit places of worship with Neighboring
Faiths curriculum. They will meet in the P.T.
Barnum room.

About the Curriculum

Spirit Play class will hear stories and
then may choose how to respond to that
experience using craft and other materials
or work directly with the stories. Spirit Play
is a way of introducing children to sacred
stories and providing a safe community
for exploring those stories and their own
big questions. Spirit Play is based on the
Montessori method. The spiritual environment
of the classroom includes a range of ages
and developmental leves. Each congregation
chooses the stories to be shared in the
classroom. For more about Spirit Play, see
http://www.spirit-play.com/

Holidays and Holy Days is based on
the very popular curriculum by Charlene
Brotman, a Unitarian Universalist religious
educator. She says, “Holidays are the natural,
age-old vehicle of religious socialization,
setting time aside to remember a great
person or event, give thanks for life’s bounty:
harvest, safety, freedom, warmth, or invoke
light and gladness for overcoming darkness
and danger, death and drought. Festivities
tell a story which children absorb through
experiences far more than through words.”

Building Bridges is a chance to learn about
world religions and the human experience
from which they come. Mary K. Isaacs wrote
and Jessica York edited Building Bridges as
part of Tapestry of Faith curriculum from the
Unitarian Universalist Association. For more
information see, http://www.uua.org/re/
tapestry/youth/bridges

Neighboring Faiths offers a thoughtful
way to become familiar with world religions
and visit houses of worship. The youth and
advisors will learn the basic tenets of a
particular faith before attending a service
at a local congregation. This program was
created by Unitarian Universalist educators
Christine Reed and Patricia Hoertdoerfer. A
preview of the book can be found on Google
books.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 September 2017 15:38
 

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