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Religious Education - Fall 2016

The Religious Education program at MUUC is open to children ages 5 and up. (Free infant and toddler care is available for younger children.) This fall, three teachers will facilitate the sessions: Lindsay Engel, Ellie Larmouth and Marlise Riffel. Our focus will be on the UU principles, with approximately three Sundays devoted to a principle, leading up to an intergenerational service about that principle designed and led by the children and RE teachers.

We’ll begin with Principle 1: The inherent worth and dignity of every person. In children’s terms, this principle reads “We believe each and every person is important.” The October 2 intergenerational service will focus on this theme. Beginning October 9 we’ll move to Principle 4: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning. In children’s terms, this principle reads “We believe each person is free to search for what is true and right in life.” The October 30 intergenerational service will focus on this theme. Beginning November 6, we’ll focus on Principle 6: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. In children’s terms, this principle reads “We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.” The November 20 intergenerational service will focus on this theme. Then on November 27, we’ll shift to Principle 3: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. In children’s terms, “In our congregations, all people are accepted and we learn together.” The December 18 intergenerational service will focus on this theme.

We look forward to seeing you and your children on September 11 downstairs at the church!

Child Care

We will again provide child care during religious services. Parents are welcome to keep very young children with them in the infant/toddler area in the sanctuary, or to bring them downstairs where Eva will provide care. We have a play area and a variety of toys and books for children 5 and under. There is no charge for this service.

Our Goals

In Religious Education, we think we can help you add something to your children's lives. We want to help you give your children a grounding in a wonderful liberal religion.

First, we would like our children to be part of an extended community where they feel welcome, are valued for the gifts they bring and the people they are. "Do unto others" is the big rule. This is a community where questioning the mysteries of life is valued. It takes time to develop a sense of belonging.

We want our children to feel part of the Unitarian Universalist tradition. We want your children to know the tenets of the church and be able to articulate what it means to be a UU. Free thinking, questioning, and personal discovery are the order of the day. We want our children to be proud that they are part of this liberal faith. It takes time to develop a sense of pride.

We want our children to know other religious faiths and to celebrate the ideas brought to the world by other cultures and religions. We want them to develop tolerance for ideas and people that are not part of their everyday life. We want them to know that they could use ideas from other faith traditions and blend them into a personal theology. This is a religion that allows for personal growth and diversity. It takes time to understand and appreciate.

We want our children to develop a social responsibility consciousness. We want them to feel they can make a difference in this world. We want them to know that there are people and causes out in the world that cry out for assistance and that they can and should reach out. It takes time to work on social responsibility projects.

We want our children to have a place to think and talk about life's issues-getting along with others, death, peace and war, sexuality, violence of one kind or another let's give them a safe forum in which to explore ideas and to get input. Children need places to think out loud and to gather ideas and feedback. Church should be one of those places. It takes time to talk and to listen.

We want our children to expand their pool of friends to children and adults that are UUs. We want them to link up with people who are humanists and value this faith, who think it is important and has meaning in their lives. We want them to listen to different ideas of spirituality and develop their own ideas and feelings about spirituality. It takes time to connect and develop ideas about spirituality.

Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church
Virginia, Minnesota, USA