CUUC Religious Education Program for Children and Youth
Our Religious Education Program support infants through 12th graders in developing a strong Unitarian Universalist identity and building community. Classes take place during the Sunday service. Children and youth attend the first few minutes of the service and then go to the appropriate RE classroom for an enriching RE class. For more information see Children & Youth.
Raising Kids with Unitarian Universalist Values
If you have questions about how to raise children with strong values, read Michelle Richards' parenting blog.
Some books are available for parents to borrow from Community Unitarian Universalist Church's Family Lending Library
You can also buy helpful books.
Creating a Unitarian Universalist Home
Learn about the symbol of Unitarian Universalism, The Flaming Chalice, using these resources.
Add rituals to your family's day through Family Prayers (graces, chalice lightings, bedtime prayers). Click HERE for a pamphlet that can be downloaded.
If you choose to light a chalice in your home, children or youth can make a Family Chalice.
You can also add other symbols of Unitarian Universalism to your home, from the UniUniques online catalog (they even have a joke book).
Building the Beloved Community
Child Dedication Ceremonies are held when parents or guardians are ready to have their baby or child formally welcomed into the congregation. During this brief and joyous ceremony, the congregation pledges to support the child's spiritual and ethical development. Members of the congregation sign a certificate which is framed and given to the parents. Please contact the Consulting Minister or the Religious Education Coordinator.
Social Justice opportunities allow families to express their values in ways that help the local community or the world.
Our congregation celebrate Souper Sundays on the first Sunday of the month (September through May). Join the congregation after the Sunday service to share homemade soups, bread and conversation. Spaghetti for the kids! You can bring a crock-pot of soup or a small donation based on your family's income. The monthly newsletter has contact information. Our Mingling of the WatersSunday service is usually in late August. Bring a small container of water that represents your summer (it can be from your faucet, a local river, or someplace you traveled to), and briefly share a highlight of summer as we gather together for the start of the new church year. Other celebrations occur throughout the year, depending on what volunteers are inspired to organize; check the church calendar for dates.
Strengthening Family Bonds
If you are new to the Tri-Cities area, click HERE for some free and low-cost activities to build stronger bonds within your family (and have fun!).