What We Offer Through the Lifespan

We provide children, youth, young adults, and adults an opportunity to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community. Unitarian Universalist religious exploration programs offer all ages, inspiring:

  • Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.
  • Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.
  • Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.

Religious exploration programs include more than classes. On a Sunday you might find the preschoolers singing songs about kindness, the 2nd graders engaging with a story about loss and bereavement, the 5th graders talking with a Muslim couple about Islam, the 7th graders learning about responsibility in a lesson from our progressive sexuality education program, and the high-school youth raising money for the local homeless shelter. Many programs incorporate social justice activities, worship opportunities, service trips, fellowship, and fun.

The Director of Religious Exploration Lexie Tangney our minister, Rev. Dave Dunn, lead some of our congregation’s lifespan programs, but volunteers from the congregation – parents and other members of the congregation – lead most of them. Teaching can be a very fulfilling way to deepen one’s own faith.

Our religious exploration programs for children, youth, and adults are typically offered on Sunday mornings during our Second Hour after service.

2nd Hour Programming: Rev. Deborah Bennett of Emerson UU speaks about their experience of 1st Hour worship followed by 2nd Hour religious exploration.