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.
We offer online Religious Education for children of all ages. For now, all of our classes and meetings are online.
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.
Religious Education in the Fall
Welcome back! This year we have designed some amazing opportunities for the children and youth of Northwoods. You will find our classes with a brief description listed below. Please fill out a registration form for each child. Registering each child separately helps us keep our data better organized so that we are able to communicate with you more effectively throughout the year. Northwoods Religious Education Program is ready to connect with you and your child this year. Stay tuned for more information.
(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.