Children and Youth Connections

We invite all young people to join us to share our time and hearts together!

Sunday Morning Virtual Classes

• Pre-K through 1st-grade Children’s Chapel: First and third Sunday of each month 9:00- 9:40 am CST
• 2nd-6th grade Children’s Chapel: Second and fourth Sunday of each month 9:00- 9:40 am CST
• 7th-12th grade Youth Connection: Weekly 11:00-11:40 CST

Class Information

Virtual Education:
In order to provide a safe learning experience for our children, registration of all children between the ages of Pre-K through 12th grade is required in order to receive Zoom links. Please contact Kim Hartman, director of religious education, at kim@fvuuf.org or 920.731.0849 with questions regarding registration.

Children’s Chapel: Pre-K through 1st grade and 2nd through 6th grade
Two Sundays per month September through May
Time 9:00 AM CST, Meeting on Zoom

Children will gather in age-appropriate groups for the chalice lighting and sharing of joys and concerns before being introduced to a lesson based on our monthly themes. After the lesson introduction, students will continue their exploration of the topic by choosing one of two activities to participate in via breakout rooms.

Resources to support parents as primary, in-home religious educators will be sent via email on a monthly basis so families can feel more empowered to delve more deeply into their faith practice together.

Crossing Paths (Formerly Building Bridges): 7th-12th grade
Sundays September through May
Time 11:00 AM CST, Meeting on Zoom

This course leads students through an exploration of various contemporary faith groups and seeks to work towards respect and understanding. Questioning is encouraged, and differences are encountered with open minds and hearts. We lift up the core pieces of other faiths, and we also compare and contrast those faith’s beliefs and practices with those of our UU faith. While the program is built around interfaith engagement, its focus is really on UU youth identity formation.

Please contact director of religious education Kim Hartman at kim@fvuuf.org or religious education assistant Eve Rosera at eve@fvuuf.org with questions.

Welcome!

Welcome to our Religious Education Program. Here at the Fellowship, we are passionate about providing quality programming and educational experiences for all of our young people. We strive to support and enhance whole child development, cultivate a sense of wonder and reverence for the gifts of life, nurture a deeper understanding of those things that go beyond words and foster a deep sense of social responsibility. Our RE programs encourage the use of critical thinking skills to help our young people create an understanding of their place in the world.

With over 200 children involved in programming each year, we work hard to create a culture of connectedness and belonging. We are a big church program with a small church “feel.” We continually endeavor to cultivate a sense of belonging and community; a community where people of all ages are recognized for their unique contributions and gifts to the larger whole.

We believe that the educational experiences we provide at the Fellowship will enrich the lives of our young people; that the tools and skills that they acquire here will set a pattern of lifelong learning and spiritual growth. It is our desire that the lessons learned in our classrooms will not only cultivate individual growth but that the education provided here will ultimately contribute to the good of the larger world community.

It is a pleasure and privilege to work with the children of the Fellowship. We look forward to working with you and your family!

Kim Hartman, Director of Religious Education

The Fellowship’s Religious Education program…

  • Offers liberal religious education for children and youth that promotes welcoming, anti-racist and anti-oppression values
  • teaches our children and youth about their UU identity, and to question and find their own spiritual path
  • increases awareness regarding issues of social responsibility
  • provides an emotionally and physically safe, secure, and nurturing environment

Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Religious Education Mission Statement:

The mission our religious education program is to grow a community of compassionate young people by:

  • Maintaining a safe, welcoming, and developmentally appropriate environment
  • Fostering caring relationships
  • Exposing them to diverse voices and religious traditions
  • Engaging them in critical thinking about values in their world
  • Offering opportunities for meaningful social justice work

Religious Education Philosophy and Goals

It is our belief that Religious Education is a lifelong process, and we seek to provide programming for all age groups.  We also strive to appeal to the interests and concerns of our diverse congregation. Our programs are based on the assumption that young people receive their primary religious education in the home. Our efforts are in support of families who are raising their children with respect for liberal religious values.

We endeavor to provide an educational ministry to our program participants that will enable each person to:

  • Feel loved and supported as part of a concerned religious community
  • Develop a positive self-image
  • Form a Unitarian Universalist identity by learning about our values, heritage, traditions, symbols, and celebrations
  • Explore the spiritual wisdom of the world’s greatest religious traditions
  • Cultivate life skills of creative and non-violent problem solving, the ability to question and think for oneself, an attitude of responsibility for one’s choices, and the self-confidence and desire necessary to interact socially to create a better world
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Affirm our interdependence with the universe and our responsibility to cherish and care for the earth
  • Experience the lifelong joy of growth in religious understanding.

We look to the sources of the living tradition to inform our choices in curricula and other materials.

The living tradition we share draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions, which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

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