The Religious Education (RE) Program at First Universalist Church is a dynamic and creative program that strives to guide our children, youth and adults in the life-long process of developing their spiritual identities. William Ellery Channing, a noted 19th century Unitarian minister, once observed “that the great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds irresistibly upon the young, but to stir up their own...to touch inward springs…In a word, the great end is to awaken the soul, to excite and cherish spiritual life.”
Program Offerings for 2013/14
Here at First Universalist Church, we offer programming for children in pre-school on up through high school-aged youth, and then for adults as well.
The RE Program is coordinated by our Minister in conjunction with the RE Council, RE teachers and Church Administrator. The success of this unique and engaging program is due, in large part, to the support provided by the congregation as well as the day-to-day assistance provided by our many volunteers.
Laina Clugston teaches the RE classes for children in preschool through first grade and Ursula Wilmot teaches RE classes for children in second through fourth grade.
The Jr. & Sr. Youth Program is led by Rev. Jennifer Emrich and Rev. Kate Dalton, First Parish UCC, with trained adult volunteers for the O.W.L. program.
In keeping with our church’s Safe Congregation Policy, two adults (or, on occasion, one adult and one youth) oversee each class every Sunday. In addition to the adults who sign on to teaching teams, there may be times when other adults or youth are asked to serve as assistants throughout the year.