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.
How to Sign Up and Participate in Religious Education:
Your children can participate in Religious Education by registering using the link below. Our Coordinator of Religious Education, Gay Lynn Pierce, will contact you with the Zoom and/or PowerPoint links when your registration is received.
Making Time for Renewal
Introducing a new opportunity for families to connect during the week with each other and once a month with other parents! We found an amazing opportunity through Soul Matters. Our Religious Education Coordinator, Gay Lynn Pierce, will be present the program at 11:45 on the first Sunday of every month through December 2020. Parents are invited to join her to learn concrete ways for sharing our faith and beliefs during the week. In this time when our lives are so out of balance, we are looking for easy, no-prep ways to practice our principles and live out our Unitarian Universalist values. Activities for both inside and outside the home will be provided as well as a time for discussion with other parents. Sign ups or RSVPs are not needed – just show up!
These groups will meet in the “digital sanctuary,” using the same Zoom link we use for worship: https://zoom.us/my/northwoodsuu. (Meeting ID: 766 833 5778).
Holiday Opportunites for Families
Share a video, help the kids!
The RE program invites everyone to submit a short video (20 seconds or less) answering one of the following questions:
· We talk about something called the “Christmas spirit.” What does this mean to you?
· What is your favorite holiday tradition ?
· If you could have one wish granted at Christmas, what would it be?
Please email your videos to Gay Lynn Pierce (email@example.com) by Dec. 8 for inclusion in the RE Holiday service on Dec. 13.
Very Special Holidays Participation
In this year of making-do, we are getting the opportunity to re-imagine so many of our beloved holiday traditions—both within our family circles and within our congregation. Here are a few ways that you are invited to participate in this Very Special Holiday Season at Northwoods:
Make a Family Ornament
Come by Northwoods and pick up a blank ornament starting TODAY! Ornaments are in the purple bin on the back porch, under the outside stairs. You can also leave items for Stockings for Seniors in the purple bin (see below for information).
Take your ornament home and fill it up with something that represents your household—it can be a picture or drawing, a message, or some objects that say something about who you are and what you love. Then bring your ornament back to Northwoods and hang it from one of the trees in the courtyard. While you are there, take a picture of yourself and your household and email it to Rev. Sarah no later than Dec. 20. (We’ll use these photos in our Christmas Eve worship service.)
Light it Up Photo Op
When you bring back your ornament, don’t be surprised if you see twinkling lights strung from the trees in the courtyard! Starting Dec. 6, the Northwoods courtyard will be lit up every night from 5 pm – 9 pm through Dec. 25. Come by with family and friends for a photo-op and a little quiet time in our makeshift winter wonderland. If you wish, you can email these photos to Rev. Sarah no later than Dec. 20 for inclusion in the Christmas Eve service as well. (If you would like to help string lights, please email Gay Lynn Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Let it Shine!
Using a glass jar you have at home, create a votive candle holder. You can use Sharpie markers, tissue paper and glue or ModPodge, or any other transparent decorations. Bring your votive holder to Northwoods and leave it in the designated bin. We will light candles in these votive holders as we sing Silent Night together from our homes during our Christmas Eve service, honoring our traditions of lighting candles and singing together in the sanctuary at the conclusion of this service.
Give a Gift to Local Seniors
We will be collecting cards and personal items to be distributed to a Meals on Wheels seniors’ stocking stuffer program. See below for suggested donation items. Items can be left in the purple bin under the outside stairs.
(Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade)
Now on Zoom! Children explore our Unitarian Universalist values and principles through storytelling and opportunities for extension activities. Children will have the chance to participate by choosing items for the worship table each week, choosing our alter cloth, and sharing their extension activities through photos.
(2nd through 5th grade)
CARTUUNS Curriculum at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on Zoom. CARTUUNS uses animated shorts from Pixar and Disney as the basis for discussion about the values inherent in Unitarian Universalism. Discussions and activities created for online classes will follow a viewing of the “short” for the week.
(6th – 8th Grade)
Crossing Paths Curriculum at 11:30 AM on Sunday morning on Zoom. While rooted in interfaith engagement, this curriculum is focused on helping youth develop and clarify their own UU identity. The program has been revised so that youth can learn about the various religions through videos and online zoom conversations with religious leaders, rather than in-person visits. There will be experiential learning components by offering games and activities that can be done together online.
(9th – 12th Grade)
On The Road Together Curriculum: 11:30 AM on Sunday morning. Discussions and activities will focus on our UU values and principles and how they relate to our ever-changing world. Monthly packets will be offered, filled with creative, high quality worship, games, meditations, reflections, stories, art engagement, discussion starters, etc.
UUr Space: 5:00 PM on Sunday afternoons. In UUr Space, we will be discussing current events and the youth experience and expression of their place in the world today.
When we Meet in person
All of our activities for children and adults are currently online. If you are interested to know what worship for children looks like when we meet in the building, click here.