Religious Exploration Curriculum Information
RE 2021-22 programming runs September 12, 2021 - June 12, 2022.
RE Summer 2022 Programming begins Sunday, June 19, 2022.
RE News Blast and RE Registration Information
The Director of Religious Exploration (DRE) sends out an email blast once a week from mid-September to mid-June with updated information about that week’s RE offerings. Please contact email@example.com to be added to that email list. If you would like to register your child or youth for RE, please email the DRE to request the registration form. Because of covid-19 whether RE programs will be in-person or on-line determined by WSUU’s Board, to ensure the safety of all congregation’s members and children.
Chalice Chapels: Kindergarten through 8th Grade
We will offer one class each week beginning Sunday, September 19th with the exceptions of Sundays when we offer a multi-generational service in which children remain in service. Because of the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19 and its variants our classes the decision about whether the weekly class will be offered on-line or in person will be made by the WSUU Board. These classes will consist of interactive, engaging teachings, art, games, singing, and spiritual practices. The classes will focus on a theme or topic relevant to Unitarian Universalism such as social justice, racial justice, creating meaningful relationships, celebrating transitions, life skills, and more.
The Nursery will be closed throughout 2021. We will re-evaluate this decision in 2022.
Children of all ages are welcome in the service. There is a quiet room in the loft of the Sanctuary for those families who want privacy. Everyone (children and adults) must wear a mask at all times at Westside except for children under 2 years of age. Please see Westside’s COVID-19 Policy specific details and exceptions.
Coming of Age: Ninth & Tenth Grades
Depending upon youth interest we will offer “Coming of Age” (COA) for 9th-10th Graders, and any other youth group members who wish to participate and who have not yet had this experience. In this class youth will spend 1-2 weekends in retreat together (with adult teachers and supervision) in 2022 seeking, questioning, learning, wondering, and beginning to discern what they want to set their heart to, by listening to themselves, friends, teachers and mentors. An adult mentor can be assigned based on the youth’s interests, to support exploration of an aspect of life they want to learn more about. For instance if a youth is very interested in artistic expression their mentor would be someone able to help them explore that over the course of a few months in 2022. In Fall 2021, after youth group commences, we will determine if there is enough interest for COA. If so, details will be worked out by the end of January 2022 and distributed to all interested youth and their families.
High School: Ninth through Twelfth Grades
At Westside, high school youth are active in congregational life in many ways, including Youth Group activities, as youth Chaplains, and participating in committees, music groups, worship, or working/volunteering in RE. Youth may participate in retreats, weekend conferences, and leadership development opportunities throughout the year.
To participate in off-site events, youth must be registered in full and have special permission forms completed at the time of the event and be active in Religious Exploration activities. The Director of Religious Exploration and Lead Youth Advisors must confirm that they know and recommend registered youth to the UUA Youth Con advisors and staff for youth participation in UUA Cons and other district activities.
Youth Group: Ninth through Twelfth Grades
Discussion and experience are central to Youth Group as youth explore their values and beliefs. Youth Group emphasizes learning, social action, worship, leadership, and community building. Each session includes opportunities for discussion, self-expression, and development of personal faith statements and spiritual practices. In 2021-22 this group is likely to meet two Sunday evenings a month in person, at church, depending upon board decisions regarding in person meetings based on COVID-19 concerns.