Religious Exploration – Groups and Curricula 2017-18

Groups and Curricula 2017-18
Group Curriculum Room
Pre-k (3 and 4 year olds) UU Play 24/25
K/1 World of Wonder- Fall /OWL – Spring 26
2nd Signs of our Faith 21
3rd/4th Faithful Journeys B-3/4
5th Love Will Guide Us B-6
6th Love Will Guide Us B-1
6th/7th Jr. High OWL B-7
Senior High  Service and social events; faith development and leadership development 21


Nursery and Toddlers: Child Care provided by paid staff and volunteers from the congregation

Pre-School (The Red Group) – UU Play
A story based program based on UU themes, with reflection time and coaching on cooperative play.

Kindergarten/First Grade (The Orange Group) – Fall and Spring: World of Wonder
This program delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist seventh Principle. It instills respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and appreciation of its beauty, excitement, and mystery.

Second Grade (The Yellow Group) Fall and Spring: Signs of Our Faith; Being a UU Every Day

The program invites children to think about religion as the practice of being faithful to what you love. In order to do this, you must decide what you love and do your best to live that love faithfully every day. Signs of Our Faith guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness.

Third and Fourth Grade (The Green Group) – Fall and Spring: Faithful Journeys

Using historic and contemporary stories of Unitarian Universalist faith in action, this program quips children with language and experiences to develop and articulate a strong Unitarian Universalist faith identity.

Fifth Grade (The Blue Group) and Sixth Grade (The Indigo Group) – Fall and Spring: Love Will Guide Us

Because each of these groups is expected to have a large enrollment each of these groups will meet separately, but will be using the same curriculum:

In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?”

Seventh and Eighth Grade –Our Whole Lives (OWL)
This year-long program is a positive, comprehensive and age-appropriate education program that promotes sexual well-being for middle school students.

The Senior High Group
The Senior High group have some long standing traditions–organizing a service project, designing and presenting a Sunday morning worship service as well as informal discussions

RE Calendar – Fall 2017

About Leah

Leah and her husband, Kevin Purcell, live in Albany. They have two grown daughters that were raised at Albany UU. Leah has served as DRE at Albany UU since 2007; before that she worked in both private and public schools. She served as Chair of the Seaway Chapter of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) and now serves on the LREDA Board.

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