Sunday School Classes 2016-2017

The focus of our Sunday school curricula for the 2016-2017 church year is Unitarian Universalism. We offer classes for children from preschool through 12th grade.  Visitors are always welcome.  This year, we will also be offering Coming of Age classes for young people in grades 8 and 9. 

We offer the following classes:

Rainbow Connection  -- preschool through K

Rainbow Connection uses storybooks to discuss the values inherent in the seven UU principles and in Unitarian Universalism. Four sessions are devoted to each principle, helping young children explore the values that unite us as UUs and serve as moral guides in our daily life. 

Toolbox of Faith (fall); Windows and Mirrors (spring) --  1st grade through 5th grade

Toolbox of Faith and Windows and Mirrors are UU curricula designed to be presented sequentially. Toolbox of Faith invites children to 

reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each of the 16 sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight).  Windows and Mirrors nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters.

Virtue Ethics  -- 6th grade through 12th grade

Virtue Ethics is a UU curriculum that explores virtues, ethics, and how we make decisions.  It is presented as a series of workshops, each to take place over two consecutive Sundays.  Young people question what they have been taught about each virtue, how the virtue operates in the real world, and whether and how they might practice it. In each workshop, the youth practice ethical decision making in response to hypothetical situations and stories they share from their own experiences.  It is hoped that youth will use these virtues throughout their lives. Virtues presented include moderation, integrity, respect, fairness, responsibility, compassion, humility, generosity, courage, forgiveness, and loyalty. 

Due to the different developmental levels of middle school (6th-8th) and high school (9th-12th) students, separate discussions will take place within each workshop.  

Coming of Age  -- optional; 8th and 9th grade

Coming of Age is a rite of passage that honors our young people as they leave childhood, begin to assume adult responsibilities, and begin to make faith decisions.  Coming of Age could be likened to Confirmation or Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the Christian and Jewish traditions.  Coming of Age classes are optional and will be held once per month outside of regular Sunday school class time.  We will use the UU resource Coming of Age Handbook for Congregations