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Children's Religious Education


Leslie Ross

Welcome to our 2016-17 year of Children’s Religious Education (CRE). We are pleased to continue our tradition of offering a progressive religious education to our kids and we look forward to your family being a part of the journey! Our classes help children and youth to deepen their understanding of our UU faith, of their individual uniqueness, of the religiously diverse world in which we live, and of their responsibility to care for this magnificent earth we call “home.” We have a mantra in our CRE program: Community trumps curriculum! More than anything, we want all children to feel welcomed here, to feel “at home,” and to know in their bones that this is a safe place for them to explore and expand who they are. Fortunately we have great curricula and committed adults to accompany them on their journey!

FUS boasts of having one of the three largest Children’s RE programs in the country, closing each school year with over 500 enrollees. We cannot do this without the commitment and contributions of parents. All CRE parents are asked to volunteer in some capacity and that’s a win/win. Our program is benefited by your time and talent and hopefully your life is enriched by the connections you make along the way. Be sure to review the list of options and select volunteer opportunities that speak to your interests.

I’m looking forward to our time together this year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Joyfully yours,

Leslie Ross, Director of Children's Religious Education

Teens are invited to participate in our annual Teen Service Trip June 17-23 at Camp Friendship [more]

Our Hopes

Our CRE program facilitates ethical and spiritual development in our children. We encourage kids to become free thinking individuals who know and respect themselves and others, and who contribute to their human and natural communities. Our goals include:

  • Create a feeling of community within the classroom and the congregation, and for children to experience FUS as their spiritual “home.”
  • Help children and youth understand the historical roots of UU and the contemporary expressions of our faith.
  • Promote values that strengthen them to stand against all forms of prejudice and oppression.
  • Help develop respect for the interdependent nature of all existence.
  • Inspire an appreciation for our Judeo-Christian heritage and the world’s other great religions.
  • Guide and support children and youth in the development and expression of a personal faith.
  • Develop participants’ eagerness to act with integrity, responsibility, equity, and love. 

Contact Us!

Leslie Ross
Director of Children's Religious Education
233-9774 x 119
Click here to email Leslie.