Lifespan Faith Development
Our religious education program includes a wide variety of experiences with people, nature, history and celebrations using material from various religious traditions, sciences and the arts. The program consists of Sunday morning classroom time, child-oriented worship in our children’s chapel, and intergenerational worship and events. Each year all of our children’s classes are taught around a common theme, with a four year cycle of curricula. Our year-long curricular themes address our Unitarian Universalist Identity and History, World Religions, our Jewish and Christian Heritage, and Peace and Social Justice. All of our classes are taught from a liberal religious perspective, reflecting our U.U. values and principles, regardless of the theme or topic. For a more detailed description of this year’s curricula, read this page.
Classes are held concurrently with our worship services. Each Sunday the children spend 15 – 20 minutes either in the sanctuary or in children’s chapel. About six times per year we worship together as a congregational family; the children join the adults for full intergenerational services on ingathering Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter services, a flower communion service, and our year-end children’s service.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST PRINCIPLES & PURPOSES
[as adopted for young people by Helena Chapin & Mary Ann Moore]
We believe that each and every person is important;
We believe that all people should be treated fairly;
We believe that our religious communities are places where all people
are accepted and where we keep on learning together;
We believe that everyone should have a vote about the things that concern them;
We believe that each person must be free
to search for what is true and right in life;
We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world;
We believe in caring for our planet earth.
Mission Statement of
The Children and Youth Programs Committee
The mission of the Children and Youth Programs Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton is to foster a Unitarian Universalist (UU) community, and provide programs for our youth and children that affirms the Seven Principles and nurtures the development of personal spiritual beliefs.
Children and Youth Programs Committee
This committee works in conjunction with the Director of Lifespan Faith Development to oversee our program for children, youth and families. The committee acts as a core steering committee, and supports the work of volunteers and the Lifespan Faith Development Team. We welcome your input, feedback, and participation. Committee meetings are held monthly. Parents and other church members are invited to attend.
Christine McWhirter, Chair
Director of Lifespan Faith Development