Welcome to Religious Education

Hello and welcome to Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury!

Director of Religious Education: Darlene Anderson-Alexander

Our program is open to all visiting families, children of long-time members, and everyone in between. At UU Danbury, we work to provide a discovery-oriented, Principle-based, Source-informed experiential process to help children and youth learn to negotiate life’s choices and challenges. They are encouraged to wonder, to question, and to create and deepen their understanding of their own faith and beliefs. Our committed Religious Education volunteers – as well as our entire congregation – seek to support children and youth in their Search.

Our program is built upon three core concepts:

CONTENT, COMMUNITY, and COMMITMENT.

The CONTENT of our classes is grounded in rich, Unitarian Universalist Association-approved curricula delivered by our creative, skilled Religious Educators. Visit the “Curricula & Lesson Plans” tab for more detailed information. This year, UU Danbury is once again joining many other UU congregations in engaging in Theme Based Worship, specifically using materials from “Soul Matters Sharing Circle”. You will see our monthly themes integrated into many areas of congregational life, Religious Education included. “Soul Matters” will challenge us this year to consider How are we a Community of… Covenant, Healing, Story, Presence, Prophesy, Identity, Risk, Transformation, Embodiment, and Zest  (September – June).

We strive to create a sense of COMMUNITY for all of our students where they can feel safe and free to explore their spirituality. With all of the social stressors placed upon children today, it’s comforting to know that they can come to a place of acceptance and nurturing and just be themselves. Since our membership draws from a wide geographic area, children have the opportunity to expand their circle of friends as well.

The final building block of our program is COMMITMENT. The only way that children can benefit from our rich curriculum and nurturing community is for them to show up on Sunday mornings! We understand that all of our lives are packed with many commitments, but we have a cheerful expectation that children will attend Religious Education classes and activities as often as possible. Similarly, since our program is cooperative in nature, we invite parents to help in some way – by teaching or assisting in classes, participating in RE Ministry Team activities, chaperoning field trips, helping to plan holiday activities, or even sharing a hobby or skill. Many adults find that working with children in Religious Education encourages them to re-focus their own spiritual beliefs and is a positive, win-win situation for all.  Join us!

Drawing from the lyrics of the important Unitarian Universalist hymn Spirit of Life, my hope is that our Religious Education program creates an environment where children and youth will put down roots in this community and will be encouraged to grow the wings of free-thinking, compassionate adults who will spread the joyful news of Unitarian Universalism far beyond our doors!

Contact Director of Religious Education, Darlene Anderson-Alexander
dre@uudanbury.org
(203)798-1994

Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday  9:30 – 2:00, and other times by appointment.

 


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