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Religious Education

The Religious Education program at MUUC is open to children ages 6 and up. (Free infant and toddler care is available for younger children.)

Religious Education for Fall, 2017
Our curriculum this year is based on Harry Potter! Karen Hager, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Curriculum and Resource Developers (UUCARDS) has written “Harry and UU: a social action curriculum based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.” Here’s what she has to say about the curriculum: “The Harry Potter series of books...are an excellent way to immerse children in the idea that one can work to make the world better. These books offer important moral and social values for children, guiding them toward making the right choices. Lessons provided include dealing with bullies, finding friends, and channeling disabilities to find empowerment. Use of the books can offer the chance for RE participants to ponder hard questions. What does power mean? How can someone make a choice that seems impossible? Is violence ever justified? Harry Potter...can also allow children to discuss important social issues with peers....The themes reflected in the Harry Potter story strongly support the Seven UU Principles. The characters work toward the goal of a peaceful world community with justice for all. They employ the right of conscience, and show a deep respect for the interdependent web of life....The curriculum will use fun wizarding activities as the basis for discussion about values, social action, and the seven principles. In addition, the class will learn and work on seven real world social action projects, referred to as Horcruxes.” So, come one, come all to join Dumbledore’s action team!

Child Care

We 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