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.
2022-2023 Religious Education Programs
Northwoods Religious Education Program is gearing up for an exciting new year. We will be offering programming for children ages 2-18+ years of age.
Please remember to fill out a separate registration form for each of your children so that I can communicate information specific to their class easily.
Sunday Schedule: Children will begin the service at 10:30am with their parents in the Sanctuary. They will go to the front for the Time for All Ages portion of the service. After the Time for All Ages, children pre-K through high school will be dismissed to religious education classes.
(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:
- Influential progressive thinkers in “Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints”
- Moral development in “What Do You Stand For?”
- Unitarian Universalist traditions through advanced Spirit Play stories
- A science component linking values.
Our young tweens and teens will be involved in Neighboring Faiths this year. In keeping with all of the Unitarian Universalist principles, especially the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, this program actively engages youth in exploring the religious traditions in their community. This exploration leads to an increased understanding and appreciation of other faith traditions as they relate and connect to our faith.
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.