Children & Youth
Registration is required for all programs. Masks are strongly encouraged for all in-person activities.
Celebration Sundays | All-Ages Services | Multiplatform
The first Sunday of each month is reserved for our all-ages services. This does not mean there is no RE that day! It simply means RE takes place in the sanctuary, not the classrooms, and the teacher for the day is the worship leader. Please plan to attend these all-ages services as a family. The experiences children and youth have during worship will be reinforced and expanded upon in the classroom, and vice versa. These are also a unique opportunity for children and youth to participate in worship–from lighting the chalice to leading hymns, telling a story, or sharing some artwork, the possibilities are wide!
Ages 2-5 | Toddler Room | In-person
Children ages 2-5 are invited to play and engage in community building during the worship service. This space is located on the Lower Level.
For children younger than 2, our Family Room is located next to the Sanctuary and is open for parents with small children to use during worship services.
K-5th | Thematic Exploration | In-person
Elementary-aged children begin in the service with their families, then leave for class after the Time for All Ages. Class ends at the same time as worship; please come pick up your child from the classroom at that time. This age group focuses on stories and UU practices relating to the monthly theme. Lesson plans are formatted in-house, but are based on the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curricula.
6th-7th Grade | Building Bridges | Multiplatform
Class begins and ends at the same time as service. The Building Bridges curriculum explores world religions and spiritual practices to contextualize and inspire 6th and 7th graders’ own spiritual search and beliefs. Lesson plans include time to explore UU tradition, spiritual practices from around the world, and their own beliefs. UU community-building is the core of this curriculum, with time each week for the youth to share what is on their hearts and get to know one another.
8th-9th and 10th-11th Grades | Our Whole Lives | In-person
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education program that provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. The program aims to help participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, sexual health and behavior. This program runs from September through December. Pre-registration required.
8th Grade | Coming of Age | In-person
The Coming of Age (CoA) curriculum helps youth explore Unitarian Universalist theology, history, and practices. In this important ritual of transition from childhood, youth reflect on and define their own beliefs in a credo. This program runs from January through May.
9th-12th Grade | GUUSH | Multiplatform
Youth are expected to attend service before attending class following the service. GUUSH is youth-led and adult-guided, tackling topics and projects interesting to the youth. Youth decide how much to focus on each of the core GUUSH areas: curriculum, worship leadership, social justice, and community building. The youth plan and lead a youth service in the spring, including a Bridging ceremony for seniors.
In 2021, GUUSH youth adopted the 8th Principle, and led the entire congregation to adopt the 8th Principle in 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions about RE
Is BUC doing religious education in-person or online?
Both! Programming for K-12 is offered on Sunday mornings, in-person at BUC. Masks are strongly encouraged and advanced registration is required. 6th-12th grade classes are multiplatform, with the option to Zoom into the classroom.
What is your COVID safety policy?
Masks are strongly encouraged, regardless of vaccination status. Any changes to this policy will be communicated here and via email.
How do I sign up?
When you register your child(ren), we add your email to our mailing list so you receive the information, Zoom links, and more necessary for participation in the program. Registration also includes a media release, mask agreement, and other important permissions questions. Register at any point during the year.
What about visitors?
Visitors are welcome to come check out our program! Before attending, please check the RE Calendar; we hold monthly All-Ages services where RE takes place in worship, not in the classrooms. When you arrive, someone will show your family where to go and answer any questions. Masks are required at all in-person programming, and BUC’s policy is to ask families to register after attending three times as a visitor.
Can I send the Zoom link to my friends?
Absolutely! One of the best ways to build the BUC community is through the connections to the wider community that our members already have. You are welcome to send any public information to your friends. It is helpful but not required to inform the Director of Religious Education that a visitor may join one of our classes via Zoom. After attending as a visitor three times, they will be asked to formally register.
Is there a charge for the program?
The religious education program is entirely funded from the church operating budget. All families who benefit from this program are asked to pledge as generously as their finances allow.