Children and Youth
Building lives of meaning, service, joy, and hope.
With the loving guidance of staff and dedicated volunteers, our growing Religious Exploration program provides a vibrant and nurturing community that encourages children and youth to grow in curiosity, expression, acceptance, and confidence, and to develop personal values and responsibilities as they explore their spiritual identity. We hope you will find a spiritual home for your whole family here at UUCD, and that the experiences we share in the year ahead will strengthen, comfort, and inspire you as we seek to build lives of meaning, service, joy, and hope.
Overview of Religious Exploration
Community Hour: Sundays at 9:30 am
Community Hour is all about connection and growth. Join us for this time to connect to yourself, others, our Unitarian Universalist principles, or the greater world. Choose the option that feels right for you and your family members each Sunday. Click here for the full overview of our Sunday morning programming.
Explore: Gather in the Great Room for child and family-friendly activities related to our UU heritage and principles, holiday celebrations, social justice, and community-building.
Grow: Youth in grades 6 - 12 are invited to gather in the Youth Room for fellowship and spiritual exploration as they develop the skills to be leaders within our congregation and the larger community. Youth this year will be embarking on a year-long environmental justice project as well as designing and implementing two youth-led worship services.
Discuss: Gather in the Social Hall for our weekly Forum featuring presentations and timely discussions on issues of concern to our community.
Reflect: Gather in the Heritage Room for adult religious education with Reverend Bruce.
Sing: Gather in the Sanctuary to lift your voice in song as a member of the UUCD choir.
Worship Service: Sundays at 10:30 am
Our weekly worship service is inclusive, joyful, reflective, and nourishing. Children are a vital part of our faith community and all ages are invited to join us for this cherished hour to come together as a community. Our service includes a Story for All Ages, the sharing of Joys and Concerns, hymns, music, quiet reflection, poetry, a sermon, and other uplifting offerings. Children and families are encouraged to participate as leaders within the service. If you would like to be involved in the worship service, please reach out to Katie at email@example.com.
Family Night Out: First Friday Evening of Each Month
Join us on the first Friday of each month for a fun family night out. Activities include nature hikes, bonfires, park outings, movies, museums, and social service projects. Two of these nights will be "parents night out" to allow caregivers to drop off their kids and enjoy some time for self-care and renewal.
OWL (Our Whole Lives): Sundays at 6 pm
OWL will be offered on Sunday evenings from 6 - 7:30 pm for youth entering grades 7 - 9. This program runs from September - May and requires pre-registration. For more information on this comprehensive human sexuality program, click here. The year-long OWL curriculum helps our adolescents make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. Parents or guardians must attend an orientation session in September. In order to create a safe environment and to allow learning to build through the year, youth must be enrolled in the fall in order to attend OWL.
Supporting Faith Development at Home: Online, Ongoing
Click here to join our closed Facebook group where we'll provide a safe space for sharing resources, tips, and inspiration for cultivating spiritual exploration and faith development outside the scope of Sunday mornings. We'll also provide content for discussion and support related to parenting, care-giving, self-care, and how to keep your head above water. And, of course, we'll keep you up to speed on all the latest happening at UUCD.
Registering for Religious Exploration
To register your child or youth for Religious Exploration classes, please fill out our online registration form. Please email our Director of Religious Education at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for a hard copy.
2018-2019 Religious Exploration Calendar
Please click here for a full Religious Exploration calendar for 2018-2019.
Meet our Director of Religious Education
Katharine Kline (Katie) grew up attending Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul where she enjoyed exploring religion and spirituality while also gaining a foundation in social justice work. Her passion for religious exploration led her to obtain a BA and MA in Religious Studies at the University of Chicago. Following her graduate work, she worked as the Director of the Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts in Washington, DC where she oversaw several prominent arts festivals, a literary and film series, an art gallery, and a professional theater company. Following that position, she worked as a third grade teacher in a predominantly ELL classroom where she incorporated her arts and humanities background throughout the curriculum. She has also worked as a freelance writer, poet, nonprofit communications consultant, human sexuality educator, and certified yoga instructor.