CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Meet our new Religious Education Director!  

Katharine Kline grew up attending Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul where she enjoyed studying world religions and gaining a foundation in social justice work. Her passion for spiritual exploration led her to obtain a BA and MA in Religious Studies at the University of Chicago. Following her graduate work, she became 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 extensive arts experiences into the curriculum. She has also worked as a writer, nonprofit communications consultant, and certified yoga instructor. 

Katharine recently moved to Duluth with her husband, Shawn, and their three wonderful children. She enjoys exploring the north shore, volunteering, reading, hiking, and spending time at their cabin. She is looking forward to getting to know the congregation at UUCD and to ensuring that the religious education program is welcoming to, and supportive of, all children and families.

"If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children." 

- Gandhi

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

With the loving guidance of staff and dedicated volunteers, our growing Religious Education 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 define their faith identity. 

During the academic year, we offer classes for infants through 12th grade, and our curricula explore areas of celebrating self and the world, leadership, Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles, our Judeo-Christian heritage, UU sources and neighboring faiths, comprehensive sexuality education, social justice, and the Coming of Age journey.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE) AT A GLANCE

RE classes begin in September and are held on Sunday mornings throughout the academic year.  They run most Sundays from 10:30-11:30 am (except Senior High Youth from 9:30-10:30), but there are several Sundays where we take a break from our traditional class format to take part in all ages (inter-generational) worship service. To find out more about those dates, please see the UUCD calendar. There is no fee for our RE classes.

A Typical Sunday:

·         Childcare for children ages 5 and under begins at 10:30 am. Children may be dropped off starting at 10:20 am. 

·         Children enrolled in our RE program are encouraged to join the congregation for the first 15 minutes of the worship service. Children will then be dismissed to their classrooms to begin their RE class. 

·         Families are asked to promptly pick up their child(ren) from RE and childcare at the end of the worship service (approximately 11:30) so that our teachers and childcare providers can join the social hour.

Our classes, with the exception of Our Whole Lives, are always open to visitors and new families. We do require each child be registered to participate in any RE program.  Families can register through this online form or hard copy form available from the Director of Religious Education.  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR 2017-18

Explorers (Ages Birth - Kindergarten) - While in the nursery, our caring staff and volunteers will help guide children through story, song, crafts, and free play as they become familiar with our space and the rhythm of our Sunday mornings together. The nursery is available to families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers starting at 10:30 am through the end of worship. Parents are welcome to stay in the nursery to help their child feel comfortable, and we encourage families to bring any special items that may ease the transition. Sundays, 10:30 - 11:30 am.

Questioners (1 – 3rd Grade)  - This year our lower elementary class will be exploring the theme of Environmental and Social Justice using the Fair, Just, and Peaceful curriculum. This curriculum explores the 6th UU principle which calls us to affirm and promote "the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all." The curriculum focuses on drama education techniques as the main vehicle for learning. Sundays, 10:30 - 11:30 am.

Seekers (4-6th Grade) – This year our upper elementary class will be exploring the theme of Environmental and Social Justice. Using a Harry Potter theme, children will learn the language and skills they need to recognize injustices and to cultivate resilience and hope. The curriculum includes several social action projects and incorporates art, drama, and storytelling.Sundays, 10:30 - 11:30 am.

Junior High Youth Group (7-9th Grade) – This year our Junior High School class will be exploring world religions using the Building Bridges and Neighboring Faiths curricula. This program will deepen youth's understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live while exploring the world's diversity of faiths in a safe, affirming atmosphere. Sundays, 10:30 - 11:30 am.

For our Junior High Youth, we also offer a rotating biennial program as follows: 

  • 2017-18: Our Whole Lives (OWL) The year-long OWL curriculum for grades 7 - 9 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. For more information about OWL, visit: http://www.uua.org/re/owl or contact the Director of Religious Education at dreuucd@gmail.comSundays, 6 - 7:30 pm at Peace Church
  • 2018-19 Coming of Age (COA) Our Coming of Age youth experience an intensive year of community-building, deeper exploration of Unitarian Universalism, and a review of how their life experiences have shaped their identities. In addition to in-class activities with their peers, Coming of Age participants meet individually with trained mentors who support them in discovering and articulating the religious and spirituals ideals, beliefs, practices, and aspirations that define them. The program concludes with a ceremony in which youth share their personal credos as their passage into spiritual adulthood is recognized and celebrated. Sunday mornings.

Senior High Youth Group (10-12th Grade) -  Each week our Senior High Youth Group gathers to discuss issues of importance to teens and to take part in activities that are designed to help provide deeper connections. This year's theme will center around Environmental and Social justice. Participants will have opportunities to develop leadership skills and to engage in the church and the broader communities through worship, social action projects, outings, and youth conferences. Sundays, 9:30 - 10:30 am.

REGISTRATION

To access a pdf form that you can print to register your child for the 2017-18 RE year, click here.

Please print the form, complete it and send to Director of Religious Education Katie Kline at UUCD, 835 W. College St., Duluth, MN 55811, or scan and email the completed form to Katie at dreuucd@gmail.com.  Questions?  Katie can be reached at her email or by phone at 218-724-4430.