Children’s Religious Education

 

Registration Information

In order to participate in our program, you must register your child(ren) with the 2017-2018 Registration Form 2017-18 for all classes, nursery through High School. Ours is a cooperative program, so all parents/guardians must pay a registration fee and volunteer in some way. If you need a financial waiver, please contact Megan Thornton (dre@charlestonuu.org 843.723.4617). There is no waiver for volunteering.

Our Purpose

  • The purpose of the Religious Education Program is to:
  • Create an environment where children will feel loved and safe.
  • Encourage and support our children’s spiritual and ethical growth.
  • Provide an open and compassionate community that promotes acceptance and principled guidance.
  • Offer young people a place to explore Unitarian Universalism and other faiths.
  • Encourage innate curiosity, wonder and joy.
  • Provide opportunities for children to model and apply the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism.

Lessons & Activities

Our lessons are designed to teach children to think for him or herself.  We want children to be secure in their decisions and have a developing sense of who they are and where they fit into the world.  These are big outcomes, but the steps to get there aren’t.

Nursery:

Our nursery staff provides a safe and fun   environment for the youngest members of our community.  The nursery is available for    infants and toddlers age birth-two years old. Children in the nursery will be offered age-appropriate activities, including play time.

Preschool:

Our preschool class houses children from ages 3-5.  The lessons are taught from the Unitarian Universalist book called “We are many, We are one.” Our lessons are full of stories, games and projects that encourage children to honor themselves, their religious community, nature, and cultures from around the world.

Kindergarten-First Grade:

This curriculum mixes character building lessons and selections from the Unitarian Universalist Tapestry of Faith lessons.

Lessons include stories, games and art    projects taught in a manner that will help the children develop moral, civic, and healthy habits for years to come.

Second-Fourth Grade:

Our 2nd-4th graders use the Timeless Themes curriculum which are lessons from the    Hebrew and Christian scriptures. These  lessons introduce children to religious     literature that is central to North American  culture and to Unitarian Universalist        heritage. The Bible stories are taught from the perspective of Unitarian Universalist values. The violence in the stories is not avoided, but recognized and used to guide participants toward an understanding of non-violent ways to resolve conflict.

Fifth-Sixth Grade:

Our 5th and 6th graders use the Neighboring Faiths curriculum to explore history and       development of different faith traditions.      Participants choose which religious groups to learn about, and visit and relate to their own growing faith.

Seventh-Ninth Grade:

Our 7th, 8th, and 9th graders explore lessons   provided from Teaching Tolerance combined with Unitarian Universalist Tapestry of Faith       Lessons. Every other year, the students use the curriculum Our Whole Lives (OWL).  OWL is a series of sexuality education curricula that helps participants make informed and responsible  decisions about sexual health and behavior.

Youth Group:

Sophomores, Junior and Seniors in high school make up our youth group.  Youth group lessons change from year to year based on needs and participant’s requests. High school age students put their faith into action every day by daring to be real, showing acceptance and support,     leading with courage and acting for justice.

Our Staff

Megan Thornton, Director of Religious Education (dre@charlestonuu.org)

Melissa Zahler, Religious Education Assistant

Jule Lane and Luke Shirley (High School)

Amanda Gabriel and Rafael Navas, Preschool

Deloris Crawford Nursery Attendant

Religious Education Committee

The Religious Education Committee embodies congregational responsibility for the religious education for children and youth by articulating directions and supporting the professional and volunteer staff in realizing the goals of the program.

Meeting with the Director of Religious Education, committee members articulate the direction and design of the religious education program by listening to parents and congregants, planning and implementing religious education events, supporting training sessions, and working with other adults in the wider congregation to build a religious community.

 

Religious Education Committee Members

Joe Krause, Co-Chair

Cindy Cooksey-Coale, Co-Chair

Kevin Eakes

Jee Youn Fickling
Erica Hattings, Vestry liaison
John Hyatt
Danielle Lopez
Kris Rife, Social Justice liaison