What We Offer Through the Lifespan

We provide children, youth, young adults, and adults an opportunity to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community. Unitarian Universalist religious education programs offer all ages, inspiring:

  • Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.
  • Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.
  • Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.

Religious education programs include more than classes. On a Sunday you might find the preschoolers singing songs about kindness, the 2nd graders engaging with a story about loss and bereavement, the 5th graders talking with a Muslim couple about Islam, the 7th graders learning about responsibility in a lesson from our progressive sexuality education program, and the high-school youth raising money for the local homeless shelter. Many programs incorporate social justice activities, worship opportunities, service trips, fellowship, and fun.

If you are visiting with children…
Aside from our main building, we also have the Little House, which is inside the fence, adjacent to the parking lot, and the Fellowship House, just beyond. Inside the Little House, we have childcare, where you can sign in babies and children under four, beginning at 10:15 a.m. This building also has a changing table, pack and plays, and rocking chairs available for parents to use if needed.
Children four years of age and up accompany their parents to the main building for the beginning of the service. We have activity bags available at the Welcome Table in the back of the sanctuary to help occupy the children until our Wonderbox, or Story for All Ages time. After the story, children may choose to stay with their parents in the Sanctuary, or proceed to their classes in either the Little House or the Fellowship House, accompanied by their teachers.
The classes run until 11:45 a.m., so that adults have some time to enjoy our after-service Coffee and Conversation time. Parents must then come and sign their children out.

Our religious educator and minister lead many of our congregations’ lifespan programs. Parents and other members of the congregation often lead them, too. Teaching can be a very fulfilling way to deepen one’s own faith.

Children’s religious education programs are typically offered on Sunday mornings, and high school youth and adult programs are usually offered on afternoons or evenings.

We invite you to explore these pages and contact our Director of Religious Education at dre@sangabrieluu.org to get connected.