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Unsure where you might fit in best? Here are the curriculum descriptions for our fall/winter term. At this writing, teachers are still needed for every class EXCEPT our middle school program.
RE Program Descriptions Fall 2017
Preschool — Spirit Play/Rainbow Connection
Our littlest UUs will be transitioning to a program called “Spirit Play” throughout the year. Spirit Play presents core stories of our Unitarian Universalist faith and provides opportunities for children to make meaning through wonder and art. During this transition time, Spirit Play sessions will be supplemented by lessons from The Rainbow Connection: An Introduction to the Seven UU Principles for Preschoolers by former HUUC member Karen Hager.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade — Wonderful Welcome
The intangible gifts explored in Wonderful Welcome are all components of welcoming itself, a core Unitarian Universalist value. This program helps children understand and practice other values central to Unitarian Universalism such as friendship, hospitality, and fairness. It offers children safe, positive and intentional ways to relate to one another, the people in their families, and the world around them as they investigate how they use gifts they can’t see or touch to welcome others into their lives. Children will think about the intangible gifts they bring into the world, and the intangible gifts they receive.
2nd & 3rd Grades — Faithful Journeys
Participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Through sessions structured around the Unitarian Universalist Principles, Faithful Journeys demonstrates that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals can affirm with many kinds of action. Over the course of the program, children discover a unity of faith in the many different ways Unitarian Universalists, including themselves, can act on our beliefs.
4th & 5th Grades — Toolbox of Faith
Toolbox of Faith invites fourth- and fifth- grade participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each of the 16 sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight).
Middle School (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades) — Neighboring Faiths/Building Bridges
This program actively explores many of the world’s other faith traditions, especially those in our greater Cincinnati communities. Typically youth spend one to two weeks exploring a particular faith tradition before visiting a local congregation to experience their worship services and rituals first-hand. We expect to visit different Christian churches as well as Jewish, Buddhist, and Islamic congregations. Earth-centered and indigenous faiths will also be explored.