Spirit School

Spirit School and Youth Programs 2017-18

Our Spirit School programs operate September-June every year. In the summer months, we do a modified program with two classrooms and a theme throughout the summer.

We appreciate having all children and youth registered in order to have your contact information and know pertinent information about your child(ren): http://uufresno.org/home/youth-registration.

 If you have any questions, please contact:

Katie Hymans, Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration (dlre@uufresno.org)

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 (Grades 2-3)

In order to help our children develop a sense of Unitarian Universalist identity, our 2nd and 3rd graders are delving into the curriculum ‘Picture Book Unitarian Universalism’, written by Katie Covey. Using picture books to illustrate our Unitarian Universalist principles, beliefs, and sources, the children are able to learn about love, reason, acceptance, and good works that make up our faith while teaching them the art of self-expression, the value of individuality, and how everything is interconnected. The stories lead to activities that give the children opportunities to further explore the themes of the stories through art, games, and projects.

Spirit Explorers (Grades 4-5)

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)

JRUU, the Junior Religious Unitarian Universalists, is our junior high group. They rotate through three different curricula and this year are doing a combination of Neighboring Faiths and Building Bridges, two different curricula that offer them the opportunity to learn about world religions. As part of this exploration, the youth will be able to visit local religious centers to experience firsthand the many ways of connecting with something larger than ourselves.

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. Outside of the classroom time, they also participate in social activities and Unitarian Universalist gatherings at the regional and national level, sponsored by their fundraising efforts.