Religious Exploration
with Children and Youth

Religious Exploration

Summer, 2022

Thank you to everyone who made this year a success! I love being the Director of Religious Exploration, and I’m excited to announce that we rocked it this year!. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who contributed inside and outside the classroom. We were successful in having weekly Sunday School virtually, and by the end of the year we were able to consistently meet together in person. What will next year bring?  We will see, but we are all optimistic that it will be mostly in person. 

We will have an opportunity this summer to come together and celebrate the great year we had.  Look out for an email with more information.

This coming year we will be “exploring beyond our walls.”  Every day our children go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. Moral Tales attempts to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.  Our youth will explore various types of worship as well and take some “field trips” to other religious services in the area.  

We can’t do a good job without everyone in church pitching in to support our program! What can you offer to our youth? Are you willing to teach a session for 4 to 6 weeks, work with youth one evening a month or substitute one or two times during the year, offer a special project, become part of the RE Committee? Please email the DRE at dre@uumiddleboro.org to let me know you are interested. I will be reaching out to everyone to ask for any help people are willing to give. 

Kelly Lownds, Director of Religious Exploration

Upcoming RE events

Religious Exploration
at UU Middleboro

Are you looking for a safe space to bring your children on Sunday mornings where they can grow socially, emotionally and spiritually?  Please consider joining us on a Sunday morning.  Enrollment is available at any time during the school year.  Please join us in person or look for the registration link coming soon.

Sunday school is back in person this year!! Church starts at 10:30 and we will be meeting during the church service, downstairs after the Message for All Ages around 10:45.  We will have registration on 9/11 and our first class will be on 9/18.  Our older youth will meet on Sunday evenings every other week.  More to come on this!

This year we are Exploring Beyond our Walls.  Every day our children are often faced with difficult decisions and situations.  We will use moral tales and lessons to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.  Our youth will explore various types of worship as well and take some “field trips” to other religious services in the area.

Religious Exploration at UU Middleboro works to allow our children and adults to freely explore together what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist.  We ask questions and search for answers together in an open and nurturing environment.  We draw our curriculum from the Tapestry of Faith.  Using out seven principles and six sources, we journey together to love one another, be fair, care for the earth, understand democratic principles, encourage continuous learning and work towards a world that is peaceful, fair and equitable.  We are a safe congregation, and we CORI the teachers and helpers in our program. Registration for RE is recommended, but all are welcome to try out our classes and spend time with our wonderful youth and teachers. 

We don’t forget the parents either!  We have a monthly parent coffee hour that we hold virtually the second Sunday of the month at 11:45 after the church service.  Please join us!

  • We believe that each and every person is important.
  • We believe that all people should be treated fairly.
  • We believe that our churches are places where all people are accepted and where we keep on learning together.
  • We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
  • We believe that everyone should have a vote about things that concern them.
  • We believe in working for a peaceful, fair and free world.
  • We believe in caring for our planet earth.

for the 2022 – 2023 Church Year

Please contact:

Kelly Lownds, Director of Religious Exploration
dre@uumiddleboro.org

or

Rev. Sarah K. Person, Minister
minister@uumiddleboro.org

Religious Exploration Committee:
Christine Hoyle, Chair; Kelly Lownds; Greg Stevens; Nancy Kidd

We have a Coming of Age Group that meets the second Sunday of the month from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Our Senior Youth Group (9th grade and up) meets the fourth Sunday of the month from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. along with the Junior Youth Group.