“Living the Interdependent Web”
This year, our Sunday-morning religious education program for children and youth will focus on “Living the Interdependent Web.” We’ll broadly and deeply explore what it means to respect, revere, and participate in the interdependent web. Our curriculum and activities are structured across ages and grade levels to focus on our “seventh principle,” which calls for “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” in ways that are holistic, multigenerational, and multidimensional. Participants will have the opportunity to explore ideas, develop relationships, and put values into action.
Following the natural cycle of the year, our focus on the interdependent web will include five major sub-themes:
The Growing Cycle (September – October)
Water: Sustainer of Life (November – December)
Energy, transformation, and conservation (January – February)
Growth and renewal (March – April)
Environmental stewardship (May-June)
Our classes will be grouped as follows (and will have the opportunity to give themselves nature-themed names):
Preschool (three- and four-year-olds) (9:15-10:30 and 11:00-12:15)
Kindergarten-First-Second Grades (9:15-10:30 and 11:00-12:15)
Third-Fourth-Fifth Grades (9:15-10:30 and 11:00-12:15)
Sixth-Seventh-Eighth Grades (11:00 only)
As much as possible, teachers will be scheduled in six-week units, with rotation from assistant to lead, for consistency and relationship-building.
Children will begin in the sanctuary each week for the first part of the worship service before going to classes. Nursery care for infants and toddlers will be available from 9:00 – 12:30, and our High School Youth Group will meet at 11:00.
Themed worship services for all ages in fall and spring and multigenerational social and social justice activities throughout the year are planned to help bring “the interdependent web” to life.
Further opportunities for learning this year:
“Our Whole Lives” sexuality education
(offered for Kindergarten-First Graders and Fourth-Fifth Graders
on Sunday afternoons in February-March)
“Journeys: Boston and Beyond” coming of age program
(offered for Seventh- and Eighth- Graders
on Sunday evenings as scheduled from October-May)
Future years may focus on the two other pillars of our seven Unitarian Universalist principles as part of a three-year cycle:
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning (our fourth principle)
The stories that shape us, myths, Christian and Hebrew scriptures, world religions, etc.
The inherent worth and dignity of every person (our first principle)
Appreciating difference and diversity, racial justice, etc.
Our Religious Education Program for Children and Youth is structured to be appropriate to developmental levels and incorporate:
What it means to belong to this religious community
Unitarian Universalist principles
The natural world and our place in it
Our Jewish and Christian heritage
The world’s religions
Ethics, decision making, and relationship building
Registration forms for 2016-17 are available here.