Children and Youth Religious Education
Welcome to Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists (SFUU) children and youth Religious Education (R.E.) program. Our congregation values our young people and offers great support to the R.E. program. The goals of our program are to:
· provide a place where children and youth feel welcome.
· create a sense of belonging.
· build a safe place to explore religious ideas in an open-minded community.
· allow children and youth to ask questions, define, and redefine their beliefs.
The R.E. program is designed to encourage our children and youth to be curious, strong, fair, ethical, moral, peaceful and spiritual beings, as they continue their journey to adulthood.
We offer R.E. programming for children beginning at age one and continuing through high school graduation. The curricula for each age group are grounded in Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles and teach participants how to face their dilemmas and make good choices in their everyday lives. Classes may include personal and group reflection, sharing, stories, discussion, songs, art, field trips and media, and encourage them to make their own decisions about the people they want to become and the world they want to help create.
In addition to the regular Sunday classroom experience, we offer many special programs for our children and youth.
Seven UU Principles and Childrens' RE
The seven Principles that UU congregations covenant to affirm are the basis of what we teach. Here is a children’s version of the seven principles:
1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.
2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
An R.E. open house is held each quarter from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. on the third Sunday of October, January, and April. During this time, we invite all interested UUs to visit the younger children downstairs or the youth in the loft to hear from the participants themselves more about what they’re learning in R.E.
The children and youth love to meet new volunteers who bring fresh ideas and perspectives to Religious Education. Find out more about volunteering by visiting this page.
The C/Y R.E. Program is directed by our new Director or Religious Education, Adrean Dills. Adrean was born and raised in Billings, Montana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and Philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. and a Masters of Divinity degree from the Buddhist-inspired Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Adrean's work experience includes serving in a variety of health care settings and most recently working as the Interim Director of Lifespan Learning for the UU Church of Davis. Adrean and her husband moved the Sacramento area in 2014 seeking better balance for work and family life. They are blessed with a now 4-year-old daughter and a son due early this October.
Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists
Open hearts and open minds.
Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists is a liberal spiritual community that seeks to nourish the spirit as we work to change the world. We welcome all who want to work for more justice and more joy in the world. We strive to be welcoming to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people.
190 Finley St, Auburn, CA, 95603, United States