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A Vibrant Program! (class descriptions)
Children's Religious Education 2014-15
The Program Resources for Parents Resources for teachers

A Vibrant Program
for Pre-school
through Ninth Grade

We have a vibrant program for children from pre-school through 9th grade, with over 500 children enrolled in our classes and over 120 volunteer teachers. Our classes meet during each of our worship times—Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m.

In the early years, we focus on building a trusting community, helping children to feel safe and secure at FUS, and introducing them to UU principles. During the elementary school years we learn more about our UU history and traditions, the beliefs of other traditions, our evolutionary history, and the stories of the Bible.  In middle school, youth compare the basic tenets of the worlds’ religions, deepen their understanding of their own beliefs and Unitarian Universalism, and learn about relationship development and sexuality. Our curricular program culminates with our 9th grade Coming of Age year.  These students explore some of the BIG QUESTIONS in life and develop a statement of their personal beliefs.

Our Classes

For 3 and 4 Year-olds

Chalice Children

Chalice Children helps young children learn about their church and congregation... (more)



For Kindergarten and First Graders

Treasure Hunting

Treasure Hunting is inspired by the fun and excitement of true treasure hunts... (more)


For Second and Third Graders

Free to Believe

Free to Believe explores Unitarian Universalist principles and sources while nurturing the emotional, social, and spiritual life of children. (more)

For Fourth and Fifth Graders

Exploring Our Origins

Exploring Our Origins provides children the space to develop a sense of their own place within the universe and life on Earth. (more)

For Sixth Graders Saturdays and Sundays at 9

Building Bridges

Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. (more)

For Seventh Graders Saturdays and Sundays at 9; and 6th and 7th Graders on Sunday at 11

Compass Points

Compass Points is a UU curriculum that leads middle schoolers on a travel journey to all directions. (more)

For Eighth Graders

Mind, Body & Soul

In Mind, Body & Soul, youth explore issues related to relationships and sexuality. (more)

For Ninth Graders

Coming of Age

Coming of Age is a program, a passage, and a pilgrimage. It is the culmination of our CRE program... (more)

The CRE Staff

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

Debra Mies
Religious Education Program Coordinator
233-9774 x 114
Click here to email Deb.

Aidan Schmidt
Child Care Coordinator
Click here to email Aidan.