REligious Education At Northwoods
Welcome to Northwoods! We’re glad your family is here. We hope this community will be a place of growth and learning for your whole family.
Our Religious Education classes and meetings teach our Unitarian Universalist principles and values, and promote understanding of world religions.
What do we believe?
These are the guiding principles in Unitarian Universalism, and the foundation of our lessons:
The Seven UU 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.
Summer 2022 Programs
I am excited to announce our Summer RE Programming for 2022. We are changing things up a little from the past 2 years. I am hoping you and your family will be as excited as I am for the changes. I will need a small amount of help from a few willing parents if you are able. This is your chance to contribute in a low stress, short commitment way. I will be sending out a summer signup. This is not a firm commitment, as I know things are more flexible during the summer. I am hoping to get some idea of numbers for each of the classes. I am including the books and movies which will be used and the age levels. I chose books that can be found either in paperback, on Kindle, or as audiobooks to accommodate all reading interests.
So without further ado: Here is the Summer!!
Fearless Readers Groups:
- Refugee by Alan Gratz – Youth (Junior High and High school) : Three different kids. One mission in common: ESCAPE. All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.
- Schooled by Gordon Korman – Elementary (1st-5th) Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a school counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.
Keeping It Reel Groups:
- Moxie – Youth Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She forges friendships with other young women and guys across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.
- The Queen of Katwe – Elementary Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende , a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.
Summer Program Schedule:
May 15 Last Regular RE Class
May 22 Intergenerational Outpouring Service
May 29 Summer Social- Chalice Challenge
June 05 1st Fearless Readers Day 1
June 12 Fearless Readers Day 2
June 19 Intergenerational Youth Sunday
June 26 Makedo Cardboard Construction
July 03 Summer Social Chalice Challenge
July 10 Keeping it Reel Movie Day 1
July 17 Keeping it Reel Movie Day 2
July 24 Painting with Jamie
July 31 Summer Social Chalice Challenge
August 07 Intergenerational Hogwarts Sunday
August 14 Deconstruction With Donny
August 21 Intergenerational Sunday- Water communion
August 28 Fall RE begins
Be watching for sign up opportunities in the next week. I can’t wait to share the summer with each of you!!!!
In love and service,
(2-3 yrs of age)
Our youngest class uses ” Celebrating Me and My World” as their curriculum guide. Opportunities are given to listen to simple stories, participate in age-appropriate activities, and to “play church”. Themes include Special Me, My World, and Other People. Play is the primary focus since this is how young children learn.
Children explore our Unitarian Universalist values and principles through Montessori-based storytelling and opportunities for extension activities. Stories are shared using manipulatives which are then kept on the shelf for exploration. These stories are from many different faith traditions as well as our Unitarian Universalist traditions and are followed by questions allowing children to wonder.
This class will be using a combination of curriculums to provide diversity in the learning styles and content that children of this age crave. We will explore Unitarian Universalist Principles, Sources and traditions using “LEGO Sources”, “CARTUUNS”, “Keepers of the Earth/Animals” , and “Becoming Principled”. Discussions and extensions activities will help deepen the connection they have for our faith.
Our young teens will be involved in Coming of Age this year. This curriculum supports youth as they leave childhood and move toward finding their own UU identity. Class members will explore theology, spirituality, and history through discussion, drama, music, writing, and art. They will participate in social justice projects and eventually move towards rites of passage as hey are ready.
Our high school youth will mirror themes from the congregation with guidance from “On The Road Together”. There are monthly youth packets filled with creative, high quality worship, games, meditations, reflections, stories, art engagement, discussion starters, etc. The discussions and activities focus on our UU values and principles and how they relate to our ever-changing world. Think of it as a toolbox full of building blocks to help create the experiences that are right for our youth.