A Message from the Director of Religious Education
The Religious Education Program at North Shore Unitarian Church has a strong foundation and clear vision of our responsibility of providing an encouraging spiritual learning environment for our students. It is a responsibility and a vision we share and together bring to reality. We seek to nurture and grow the faith and values of our young people. As a liberal religious community, we believe in making spirituality relevant and meaningful for our children and youth. Our curriculum strives to provide a set of tools and understanding of religion and spirituality in such a way that students can reflect, question and embrace the awe of life. They learn to articulate their own faith and are encouraged to follow their personal spiritual path as they come to understand the cultural context and the human need of meaning and purpose in life.
As Unitarian Universalists we take pride in our history and seek to continue to foster and inspire new generations of Unitarian Universalists of all ages. We teach, encourage and live by our Seven Principles:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Our Religious Education curriculum features the Spirit Play program, the Unitarian Universalist Association Tapestry of Faith curriculum, our own curriculum for 6th graders, a World Religion curriculum and for our 8th Graders the Affirmation program and a Youth program. Our religious education students and teachers enjoy guest speakers, field trips, and joint classes with specific themes. Classes are grade specific with the exception of the Nursery (infants – up to 4 years, or as requested), Spirit Play I (4 year olds – 1st grade) and Youth Group (9th – 12th grade). For individual exceptions please see the Director of Religious Education.
Opening Sunday is September 7, 2014 with the first Religious Education class September 14. Classes start at 10:00AM and run to 11:10AM. We meet until May 17, 2015. We take a summer break until September 2015. If this is your first time visiting, please plan to arrive by 9:45AM at the Greeter Table in the Religious Education wing to speak with a Sunday Assistant.
As welcoming and multigenerational community we grow and worship together in many different ways. Come visit us and find out how!
Charlotta Koppanyi, M.Sc.
Director of Religious Education