Statement of purpose from the Religious Education Committee
By providing a safe environment to foster spiritual growth– which includes having good role models and time to focus, center, and be mindful– for any age person to learn, explore, share, and ask questions, we hold the space for persons to:
- Learn about Unitarian Universalism as a religion and what it can mean to be a Unitarian Universalist.
- Be part of a faith community and learn to build community with shared values.
- Discover spiritual tools to be used in living life fully. (The UU Principles and Sources are a resource for this.)
- Explore some of the “big questions” of life such as “What is my purpose?” “Where do we come from?” “Where are we going?” and other religious and spiritual questions.
- Learn how to be active, responsible, caring, respectful citizens of the world—our interdependent web of existence.
- Be part of receiving and passing on our Unitarian Universalist history, knowing that ours is a “living tradition.”
Worship services at UUSGU are experienced in a variety of ways:
- Twice a month children stay with their families for the first 10-15 minutes of service. During a “Time for All Ages,” the congregation enjoys a child-friendly story before singing the kids out of the sanctuary. RE groups meet in their classrooms downstairs. Parents are always welcome to have their child or children stay with them during the service.
- Multigenerational Worship Services are family oriented services and take place once a month.
- A monthly Childrens’ Chapel is held in our community youth room and explores the monthly worship theme in a fun, meaningful way.
- Little Lights childcare is always available for our youngest friends.
Adult Faith Development
We strive to have offerings in these interconnected areas:
- Exploring faith and belief (presentation, discussion, field trips)
- Spiritual growth, Spiritual practice (experiential)
- Unitarian Universalism history, traditions, identity
Current ongoing group offerings: Kirtan, silent meditation, bring-your-own-craft nights, small group study, men’s and women’s groups.
Being an RE Teacher for Children and Youth
People new to UUSGU are invited to wait 6 months to a year before volunteering to teach RE for children and youth. We want you to get to know us, and we want to get to know you.
Religious Education Committee
Bette Lotteman (chair), Denielle Burle, Anine DeGrood, Julie Remele
Acting Director of Religious Education
Office Hours: Tuesday: 9-11:30 & Thursday: 8-2
Available evenings and weekends by appointment.