The Religious Education Program (RE) at UUCSC seeks to be a place of religious exploration, where children and youth are offered opportunities to form a strong sense of self-identity, compassion, social justice, and connection to the natural world. RE Director Lee Cowan directs the program with advisement and assistance from the Religious Education Committee.
For the 2021-22 year, we are holding RE outside in our backyard Sundays at 10 AM, weather dependent. It is a marvelous way to have all ages together, exploring, sharing and playing. As long as it’s not raining or below freezing, we gather outside.
In the RE Classroom
We encourage imagination and creativity through sensory engagement, storytelling, and art.
We learn breathing and meditation techniques to tune more deeply into ourselves and the world around us.
Through service work, we proclaim the ideals of social justice and show that each of us can work towards a fair and peaceful world.
RE at UUCSC helps us feel connected to the whole universe.
Weaving the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism into RE
In RE, we emphasize experiential learning about spirituality, within the trusted container of the UU faith and 7 Principles, restated here in child-friendly language:
1. Respect the worth and dignity of each person.
2. Offer fairness and kindness to one another.
3. You and I grow wiser and brighter together.
4. Goodness and curiosity guide our search for truth.
5. By listening deeply and deciding together, we make better choices.
6. I join you as we work for peace, freedom and justice.
7. Value and care for the web of life that connects us all.
8. And build the Beloved Community, free of racism and oppression
Our practices in the classroom adhere to the UUCSC RE Program Philosophy, which includes play based learning and non violent communication.
Playbased Learning and Non Violent Communication
We use play-based learning, through which kids and adults are encouraged to live and model UU values in the ways they interact with each other.
We model the basics of Non-Violent Communication, in the main RE classroom as well as in the Nursery.
A Typical Day in RE (when we are in person)
To attend our programs, please fill out the RE registration form.
Please join our RE Facebook Group for what’s happening each Sunday and more.
If you have questions about our programming, please contact our DRE Lee Cowan, at email@example.com.