Children & Youth Religious Education

Children & Youth Religious Education

Our religious education year starts October 2022!

During the 2022-2023 congregational year, Religious Education will be subject to change depending on local Covid conditions. Please click on the links below for specific information for grade levels. For the latest information on all classes, please click the calendar button below.

Masks 😷 are required for all religious education events, according to our UUCC regathering policies.

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Grades PreK/K — Sunday Morning Religious Education

🗓️ During the 10am service

Children in PreK through Kindergarten (ages 3-6) are invited to join us on Sunday mornings for Mini Spirit Play Religious Education classes, which focus on rebuilding community and helping our younger children build trust and feelings of safety at UUCC, with stories and the companionship of trusted adults. Children will begin in the sanctuary at our 10am service and process to their classes following the Time for All Ages portion of the service.

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Grades 1-5 — Sunday Morning Religious Education

🗓️ During the 10am service

Children Grades 1—5 are invited to join us on Sunday mornings for Spirit Play Religious Education classes, which, for 2022-2023, will focus on learning our important Unitarian Universalist stories, rebuilding community, and helping our elementary age children build trust and feelings of safety at UUCC. Spirit Play uses the Montessori model to create a sacred space for our time together. Our important Unitarian Universalist stories are followed by a time of exploring through independent choices of activity, including building, acting, art, and other offerings. Teachers support the children’s choices and assist them in building community. Children will start in the sanctuary at our 10am service and process to their classes following the Time for All Ages portion of the service.

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Grades K/1 — Our Whole Lives (OWL)

🗓️ Sundays, 12pm

Our Whole Lives K/1 is an eight-session curriculum designed to help kindergarten and first-grade children gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways. The cornerstone of this program is the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of each person.

Register for K/1 OWL

Grades 4/5 — Our Whole Lives (OWL)

🗓️ Sundays, 12pm

Our Whole Lives (OWL) for Grades 4/5 is a ten-session curriculum designed to help 4th and 5th grade children gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways. The cornerstone of this program is the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of each person.

Register for 4/5 OWL


Grades 6/7/8 — Middle School Programming

🗓️ Sundays, 4 to 6pm

This year, Compass Points is a curriculum which guides adolescents, our Middle School students (grades 6 & 7), in a yearlong spiritual journey to understand our Unitarian Universalist values and belief systems.

Register & view middle school programming


Grades 8&9 — Our Whole Lives (OWL)

🗓️ Sundays, 4 to 6pm

We will unfortunately not be offering Our Whole Lives this year due to insufficient enrollment. We hope to be back next year, 2023-2024!


Grades 9-12: Quest

🗓️ most Sundays, 4 to 6pm

The Quest program, our Coming of Age program at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, will be offered in the congregational year 2022-23, for any youth who were not able to attend previous years. This program is our introduction to the high school youth program and a wonderful rite of passage for our adolescents — one that is missing in most other areas of our lives.