Exploring our Unitarian Universalist Humanist Faith
Sundays 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Schedule
Sometimes our Assemblies are meant to be multi-generational and our families stay together through the entire Assembly. These are usually special holidays.
Every Sunday morning, children begin in Assembly with their families at 10:30 and are present for our chalice lighting, some music, and an all-ages story time. Most Sundays, around 10:45, the congregation sings the children out of the Assembly Hall to gather in their groups with their trusted guides. At 11:45 am, adults are asked to pick up their children from Room 202, on the Second Floor. Visiting families are welcome and encouraged to attend children’s programming together.
Each month we explore a specific theme. These are the themes we examine in Assembly as well. Families find meaning and connection by talking about the theme of the month with each other. All children in grades 1-5 begin by examining weekly words offered by our Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. David Breeden called “Our Humanist Heritage.”
Elementary 1 Group (1st-3rd Graders) Explore Signs of our Faith: Being UU Everyday. “Signs of Our Faith” engages children to explore ritual practices of our faith that remind us of these traits and values. Some of the rituals are enacted in the congregation. Some we conduct alone, or in our interactions with family, friends, and peers; others are offered to the wider world. This program helps children understand the abstract concept of a ritual by naming rituals as signs of our faith. Rituals are defined broadly, so that naming and dedicating a baby is a ritual, but so too is befriending a new child at school. Through the concept of “ritual,” children discover evidence of their faith in everyday actions and are encouraged to ritualize or form into habit such traits as caring, welcoming, and making fair group decisions.
Elementary 2 Group (4th-5th Graders) participate in a program called Toolbox of Faith. “Toolbox of Faith” invites fourth- and fifth- grade participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each of the 16 sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight).
A special note about the word “Faith” from our Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. David Breeden:
For many Humanists and secular people, “faith” can be a strange word. Doesn’t that mean that you believe in things that can’t be seen or can’t be proven? In some cases yes, and in some cases no. Unitarian Universalists use the word faith when they talk about Unitarian Universalism in a sentence such as, “Unitarian Universalism is a saving faith.” Using the word in that way means “our history” or “our tradition.” With this meaning, Unitarian Universalists talk about “the faith of a Humanist.” In this case it means “the tradition of Humanism.”