Spirit School and Youth Programs 2016-17

We are ready to begin a new church year of Spirit School and Youth Programming.

Please be sure to register at:


 If you have any questions, please contact:

Katie Hymans, Director of Lifespan Religious Education (khymans@uufresno.org)


Chalice Children (2-4 year olds)

This program provides experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. Early childhood is filled with curiosity and wonder. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. Their time in Chalice Children can set a pattern for the rest of their lives and bring lasting benefits.

 Spirit Play
(Pre-K - K) and (Grades 1-2)

We see the purpose of religious education as helping children in living into their own answers to the existential questions: Where did we come from? What are we doing here?  How do we choose to live our lives?  What happens when we die? Spirit Play uses the Montessori approach and is filled with stories from world religions and other wisdom traditions that held our young ones discover themselves and values such as kindness and sharing.  As in Montessori, the key elements are the prepared classroom environment and the teachers.

Spirit Explorers (Grades 3-5)

Our children explore a monthly theme through a model called Workshop Rotation. The Workshop Rotation model encourages students through utilizing their different and unique intelligence and ways of learning. Through story, craft, song, meditation, yoga and gardening we will embody Unitarian Universalist principles. The workshop rotation utilizes the unique gifts of this congregation and integrates our campus so that we are learning together across the lifespan.

 JRUU (Grades 6-8)

The Junior Youth Group meets every Sunday from 10:30 to noon. Exploring a curriculum based in social justice, they explore their own roles in how to make an impact for the better in our world. Outside of class, they participate in community service projects and their own group social activities.  

 YRUU (Grades 9-12)

The Senior Youth Group is also known as the High School Group, or YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists). The YRUUs meet every Sunday from 10:30 to noon in the Youth Room, which is a cool, converted garage in the office building. Our YRUUs are always a bright, vocal, and talented group. They explore a range of topics related to leadership, spirituality, and justice topics.

 Our Whole Lives (Grades K-1)

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of sexuality and relationship education curricula developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association. In this age appropriate eight-session program, children in grades K-1 will learn about their body parts and how a baby is made. Each session includes a HomeLink - a homework activity for parents and children to complete together. OWL K-1 will be offered in the spring.