“Our children and youth affirm their identity as members of the Unitarian Universalist faith community, embrace their evolving spirituality, and practice Unitarian Universalist values in all facets of their lives.”
This is our mission, our conscious intention, for our children and youth at First Unitarian Church, the future leaders of our faith. In the past two years of church, during the pandemic, Catherine Williamson has led the way to transforming the RE program to allow for both online and in-building classes.
Each week, resources have been provided to families to use in the home, enriching the experiences of our youngest UUs. For instance, this past week, materials were mailed to all children in the RE program to make “Intention Bracelets,” building on our theme of “Living with Intention.” Along with the materials, families received a Chalice Ritual on Justice, Equity, and Compassion, a link to a video of Catherine sharing the Time for all Ages story, Martin’s Big Words, with the question to ponder, “How do Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words help inspire you to live with intention?”, and a link to “Change Sings!”, by Amanda Gorman. Questions to ponder and discuss and additional activities were included as well. This happens every week.
This year, Coming of Age is being offered for our children entering adolescence to explore beliefs and values, as well as individual gifts, strengths, and weaknesses. Next year we will offer Age of Reason, where our children, ages seven to nine, are supported in their journey as they begin to wonder and think about the world beyond their own home and neighborhood.
Our annual stewardship campaign will begin in early February. Supporting the programming of our children and youth is one of many important elements that First Unitarian provides. Please consider your intention for the life of First U as you make your commitment for 2022-2023. Check your email next week for details on how you can support First Unitarian next year.