CARE, CONNECT, and COMMIT:
Faith Development programs for Fall 2020
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! https://forms.gle/iWbqH8XxE6bF1oY27
The CARE program is available to all our families this year. Every family who wants to will receive some mail ministry (birthday cards, thinking of you, postcards, etc.) And maybe some other surprises. No further commitment of time or energy is required, although all are welcome to engage in one of the other types of participation as well.
Want more ways to CONNECT? All families are invited to things like onsite social action opportunities similar to those we’ve run this summer (food pantry parade, chalking event, stuffie sleepover, etc.), fun virtual events or projects, etc. You may need to sign up for some of these, or just come by or call in as your schedule allows. Kids can also choose to earn badges in spiritual practices and church rituals (like lighting the chalice, etc.)
If you are ready to COMMIT to deeper growth and learning, sign up for one of our classes for a specific age group, meeting virtually on a monthly or bi-weekly basis.
For parents and caregivers of children from birth – 1st grade:
POP (Parents of Preschoolers) is a video-based, at-home religious education curriculum grounded in Unitarian Universalism and designed specifically for parents of kids ages 2 to 7. Very brief (3 min) WEEKLY videos and worksheets for parents at home followed by a MONTHLY Zoom call with Dawn Star to reflect and support each other. Date/time of monthly Zoom call TBD based on schedules of those participating. See https://www.jlshattuck.com/course-outline for more information and sample video here: https://www.jlshattuck.com/sample-topic-video. Minimum enrollment: adults from 3 families.
For K – 2nd and 3rd – 5th Graders:
GROWING ANTI-RACIST UUs is designed to help children at the primary and upper elementary levels develop self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities. Children will learn that human diversity is a cause for celebration and that we can talk about differences while forming deep, caring connections with all kinds of people. Children will increasingly learn to recognize unfairness, develop language to talk about unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts people. And children will be given opportunities to act with others against prejudice and discrimination. Younger and older age groups will meet MONTHLY (date/time TBD based on schedules of participants). Resources for parents and children will also be provided on a flipped classroom platform to use throughout the year. See overview here: https://www.uucharlottesville.org/anti-racist-curriculum/?fbclid=IwAR18H-_FOC5dQpKthT5zBxWM3dFqxal8rXj9oi5625eLdYhBerj5L1zLyGs. Minimum enrollment: 5 children in each age group.
For 6th & 7th Graders:
CROSSING PATHS is a Neighboring Faiths online curriculum from Soul Matters Sharing Circle. This program has been significantly revised so youth can learn about the various religions and how they inform our identity as Unitarian Universalists through videos, webpage visits and online zoom conversations with religious leaders, rather than in-person visits. We’ve also retained the experiential learning components by offering all-new games and activities that can be done together online. Resources will be provided on a flipped classroom platform to use throughout the year and this class will meet either BI-WEEKLY or MONTHLY (TBD and date/time TBD based on schedules of participants). See details here: https://www.soulmatterssharingcircle.com/crossing-paths.html. Minimum enrollment: 5 youth.
For 8th & 9th Graders:
COMING OF AGE: this beloved and core program for youth will be re-worked to meet via Zoom either BI-WEEKLY or MONTHLY (TBD and date/time TBD based on schedules of participants). There will be a block of weekly meetings prior to the COA credo worship service in the spring. Resources will be provided on a flipped classroom platform to use throughout the year. Minimum enrollment: 5 youth.
For 9th – 12th Graders:
Our YRUU program will be reenvisioned to adapt to the limitations of meeting virtually. There may be several different options for participation including monthly check-ins, participation in a Discord server or other online virtual space, and at least one block of programming to create a Youth Service in the winter. Please sign up for this even if your Youth just wants to stay in the loop and understand what the options for participation are, since things will evolve based on the interests of those engaging with the program.