Spirit School and Youth Programs 2017-18

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Chalice Children (3-4 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 (Kindergarten & 1st Grade)

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 help 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. 

Web Weavers (2nd & 3rd Grade)

Using the curriculum ‘Picture Book Unitarian Univeralism’, children will learn about our seven principles and six sources (plus the additional source of Unitarian Universalism) through story. Each class will revolve a story and will be followed up with a variety of activities that engage the various aspects of the children’s creativity and wonder: art, meditation, games, movement, and more. Children will have opportunities to deepen their understanding of our faith by seeing how the principles and sources connect to life through these stories.  

Spirit Explorers (4th & 5th Grade)

Our children explore a monthly theme through a combination of our Soul Matters curricula and a model called Workshop Rotation. Soul Matters is a national network of which we are a part that shares monthly theme resources and offers age-appropriate Religious Education classes related to the monthly theme. 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. This year’s curriculum offers the youth an opportunity to learn about and engage with a variety of religions that are represented here in Fresno. They will spend two weeks learning about the practices, customs, beliefs, and holidays of religions such as Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and more, followed by a visit to that religion’s gathering place (or, in some cases, a visit in their class from a religious leader). Through learning about these world’s religions, the youth will be able to both better relate to their own religion and gain a greater understanding of others’.

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 during the service 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 variety of topics, from leadership to justice, engage in spiritual practices, and share about their lives. There are social events planned outside of the regular meeting time, as well as fundraisers for those events and travels to larger Unitarian Universalist gatherings.

Our Whole Lives (Grades 4-5 and Junior High)

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of sexuality and relationship education curricula developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association. In this age appropriate program, children in grades 4-5 will learn about and discuss puberty and other topics related to their current development. Junior High youth will begin to explore topics related to relationships and sexual intercourse. Each session includes a HomeLink - a homework activity for parents and children to complete together. Stay tuned for dates for both classes.