Family Ministry at UUCD
Building lives of meaning, service, joy, and hope.
With the loving guidance of staff and dedicated volunteers, our Family Ministry program provides a vibrant and nurturing community that encourages children, youth, and families to grow in curiosity, expression, acceptance, and spiritual development. We hope you will find a 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.
Children’s Religious Education
Sundays at 9:30 am
Our Religious Education (RE) program is grounded in Unitarian Universalism’s Seven Principles, which are used to promote a sense of social justice, tolerance, identity, and spiritual growth. Our purpose is to involve children in a community in which they develop a deep spiritual connection to themselves, others, and the world as a whole. We seek an outcome of respectful, responsible, life-loving kids who know they are valued for all of who they are and are ready to show others the same deep love and acceptance.
UUCD’s Children’s Religious Education Program devotes the first semester curriculum to UU identity and faith development while our second semester curriculum rotates its focus yearly between world religions, social justice, and environmental stewardship. Click here to learn more about our curriculum rotation.
Children of all ages and their parents or caregivers are welcome in our Sunday morning class. While we believe all ages benefit from learning from and teaching each other, we also recognize that children have different needs based on their age and stage of faith development. Therefore, we offer age-appropriate groupings and breakouts within the larger group context of this class.
While children and youth are in class, most parents choose to attend the Forum. Others gather casually in the narthex or Heritage Room for coffee and conversation.
Semester 1: Faithful Journeys
September 15 - December 15
This curriculum equips children with language and experiences to develop and articulate a strong Unitarian Universalist faith identity.
Semester 2: Exploring World Religions
January 5 – May 17
This curriculum explores the Hindu, Islamic, and Buddhist faiths through the lens of stories, while helping children begin a journey of understanding, tolerance, and celebration for the diversity of human expressions of faith.
Click here to register for Children’s Religious Education. Families can register for both semesters or choose just one semester. Since these curricula are cumulative and rely extensively on community-building, regular attendance is encouraged to the extent that it’s possible for your family.
Sundays, 9:30 – 10:30
Our middle and high school youth are invited to gather in the youth lounge for warm drinks, a light breakfast, conversation, and community-building games and activities as they support one another on their individual paths as young Unitarian Universalists.
6:30 – 8pm
Our youth will meet twice monthly on Wednesday evenings to build friendship and community while exploring questions about life, relationships, spirituality, and justice. This year’s Wednesday evening curriculum rotates between Popcorn Theology and Social Justice. Special social outings and “just for fun” gatherings will also be offered throughout the year.
Popcorn Theology: Exploring Issues of Theology and Ethics
This curriculum uses popular movies to explore theological, philosophical, and ethical issues through a Unitarian Universalist lens. Each session uses a 20-minute excerpt followed by discussion questions and activities to enhance the learning experience. Films include: Forrest Gump, Star Trek, Bowling for Columbine, Jurassic Park, and more!
As Unitarian Universalists, we are all called to love justice—not just with our words, but also with our deeds. One Wednesday of each month will be devoted to social justice. Depending on current events, this could include letter-writing, guest speakers, fundraising, advocacy, clothing drives, beach clean-ups, sign-waving, working at a homeless shelter, and more.
Register for Youth Group here.
Sundays at 10:30 am
Our weekly worship service is inclusive, joyful, reflective, and nourishing. Children are a vital part of our village and all ages are invited to join us for this cherished hour to gather in community. Like adults, children learn by doing and experiencing first-hand. Whether they understand everything that happens in the service or not, our youngest friends will absorb the language and music of our faith, as well as the sense of being valued, known, and welcomed.
We have “soul work” activities available to all ages (yes, even adults!) offering quiet, kinesthetic activities for use during the service. We also offer childcare in our nursery during the service for children ages 5 and under and we also have a dedicated play space in the social hall (within earshot of the sanctuary) which families and children should feel to utilize as needed. Just let us know how we can assist in making your worship experience comfortable and accessible for your whole family.
Each service is followed by a casual time for food, fellowship, and friendship.
Second Wednesday of Each Month from 5:30 - 7 pm
Join us for this mid-week respite for all ages! We’ll meet once each month for a pizza dinner, celebration of birthdays, and a time for spiritual reflection. This will be followed by an all ages game and activity night. (Bingo, anyone?!) Feel free to bring your favorite game from home to play with others. We’ll also offer a UU parenting circle during this time, with childcare provided.
OWL (Our Whole Lives)
Sundays from 6 - 7:30 pm
Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for youth entering grades 7 - 9. OWL requires pre-registration and a full-year commitment. There is a $50 suggested fee for this program with need-based aid available. OWL classes will be held at Peace Church this year. Click here for the OWL calendar.
Registration for 2019-2020 OWL is now closed.
Coming of Age
Sundays from 6 - 7:30 pm
Coming of Age (COA) is a rich program of spiritual exploration for youth in grades 8 - 10 that meets twice monthly and is led by our minister and director of family ministry. This milestone program supports on youth on their journey to discern their ethical identity and place in the world. Through group discussions, individual reflection, and writing, youth will arrive at a point where they will feel confident sharing their statement of personal theology in a joyful ceremony.
This program will be offered in 2020-2021.
Parents’ Night Out
Saturdays, Nov 16 & Mar 14 from 5 – 8 pm
Why? Because self-care! You are invited to drop your children (up to age 12) off at UUCD while you enjoy a child-free chance to recharge your batteries. Free of charge, but advance registration is required.
June 15 - 19 from 9 - Noon
Children in grades Pre-K through 5 are invited to join us for a week of exploring our Unitarian Universalist faith, getting to know each other, and having fun with music, art, games, nature, stories, and outdoor exploration. It's a spiritual retreat for free-thinking kids! There is a $50 fee for this program, with need-based aid available.
Faith Development at Home
We recognize parents and caregivers as the primary religious educators of their children and hope to empower them to cultivate a rich and meaningful spiritual life at home. To that end, we offer several ways to engage with our Unitarian Universalist faith outside the scope of Sunday morning:
Our traveling chalice makes its way to each family during the course of the program year.
Our children’s guide to each worship service can be taken home for discussion and reflection.
Our closed Facebook group provides a safe space for sharing resources, inspiration, and discussion on issues related to parenting, self-care, social justice, and spirituality. Click here to join.
Our monthly Wellspring Wednesdays program allows families to enjoy a meal and activity together along with a brief spiritual reflection.
To register your child or youth for Religious Education classes or programs, please fill out our online registration form. Feel free to email Katie, our Director of Family Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Visitors and newcomers are always welcome in our Religious Education and Youth Group classes. If you are visiting us for the first time on a Sunday morning, please plan to arrive at 9:15 to check in with our program director so that we can have a few minutes to meet you and get you and your child settled in. Parents are always welcome to accompany their children to class!
Meet our Family Ministry Director
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 love of life’s big questions 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. She has also worked as a freelance writer, poet, human sexuality educator, and certified yoga instructor.