Spirit School

A primary purpose of religion—and religious education—is to nurture all that is right and good in us, to help us to grow into our best selves. Our program is based on the idea that children and youth learn, grow, and flourish in an environment that recognizes and meets different learning styles, individual interests, and developmental stages — and that this applies to adults as well! Because of this, we offer a variety of experiences for exploring faith and spirituality, including age-specific classroom-based curricula, child-centered, youth-created, and multigenerational worship, opportunities for creative expression and social action, and time for fun and fellowship. The hope is that we are growing Unitarian Universalists!


Spirit School and Youth Programs 2018-19

Please be sure to register at:


Even if you have only come once or twice, we appreciate you completing the registration form so we can know how to contact you and have all the pertinent information about the children for whom you are responsible.

Spirit School Calendar 2018-2019: Spirit School Calendar 2018-2019

Spirit School Teacher & Family Handbook: Spirit School Teacher & Family Handbook 2018-2019

If you have any questions, please contact:

Janise Barajas-Rennie  (dlre@uufresno.org)

** Please note that the classroom locations for each of the classes will change when we obtain our new portable and get the classrooms in there set up to use.


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, incl. TK, and 1st 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.

Web Weavers (2nd & 3rd Grade)

This year, our 2nd and 3rd graders will be using the curriculum Unitarian Universalist Superheroes, which is a values-based UU identity curriculum that aims to introduce children to the stories of Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists who have acted with courage and wisdom in their attempts to live their lives fully and make the world a better place for others. With the model of ‘theology as biography’, the children will be encouraged to lead their own lives fully and use their own positive ‘super powers’ as they interact with the world around them, and as they do, to grow both spiritually and ethically.

Spirit Explorers (4th & 5th Grade)

Our children explore a monthly theme and learn about Unitarian Universalist values through the curriculum ‘Spirit of Adventure’. Spirit of Adventure uses famous Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists to help the children understand our values and how they can be lived out in real life. Using their stories as a launching place for interactive activities, the children get a chance to explore what it means to be Unitarian Universalist in everyday life.

JRUU (6th -8th Grade)

Using movies as a basis for discussion with the curriculum ‘Popcorn Theology’, the junior high class explores spirituality, values and identity.  Through discussion and hands-on activities, they are able to dig deeper into what it means to be Unitarian Universalist. They also play games that help them to bond and express themselves and form personal opinions and beliefs.

YRUU (9th -12th Grade)

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. They are using the theme-based Soul Matters curriculum to dig into our UU values, as well as engaging in a variety of spiritual practices and justice activities. 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.