Children's Religious Education
It is a joy to see how young minds develop and our Religious Education Department does its part to inspire spiritual thought and practice as our children make their way through our program. Our classes are taught by gifted volunteers from the congregation and is overseen by our Religious Education Committee.
What do our children learn at UUCFL?
Our children learn about the scriptures, deities, holy days and customs of a variety of world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, and Native American religions.
Our children also learn that belief in God is not necessary for living a good and meaningful life.
Through these studies, we show our children that there are many spiritual paths that people take to find meaning, and no one path works for everyone.
Our Principles for
We affirm and promote:
· That each and every person is important
· That all people should be treated fairly and kindly
· That we should all accept one another and learn together
· That each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life
· That all persons should have a vote on things that concern them
· Working for a peaceful, fair and free world
· Caring for our planet earth, the home we share with all living things
The Great End in
"The great end in religious instruction
is not to stamp our minds on the young,
but to stir up their own;
Not to make them see with our eyes,
but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own;
Not to give them a definite amount of knowledge,
but to inspire a fervent love of truth...
Not to impose religion upon them
in the form of arbitrary rules,
but to awaken the conscience, the moral discernment...
In a word, the great end is to awaken the soul..."
~~ William Ellery Channing (1839)
Other Sources of Inspiration and Growth
Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources:
Direct experience of wonder
Words and deeds of prophetic women and men
Wisdom from the world's religions on ethics and spirituality
Jewish and Christian teachings of love
Humanist teachings of reason
Teachings from earth-centered traditions on harmony with nature