Spiritual Growth for All Ages

Flaming Chalice with rainbow glow.The purpose of the UUCS Lifespan Religious Exploration Program is to provide a nurturing community which encourages lifelong growth in spirit and mind.

Through our classes, special services, community events, social justice projects, covenant groups, and other small group activities, we weave the UU Principles into our thoughts and actions while observing the mysteries of our world with an attitude of wonder. This process deepens our self-understanding and guides our participation in our congregation and broader web of existence.

Our program includes age appropriate religious exploration (RE) for children, youth, and adults. The children and youth attend classes during the Sunday Service. Adult RE is scheduled at other convenient times.

In addition to classes, several groups focus on Spiritual Development:

  • The Coming of Age Program is for middle school youth to explore their beliefs with a mentor and express their beliefs in front of the congregation.
  • Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Education is a human sexuality curriculum which we offer with certified facilitators every other year.
  • Covenant Groups provide a small, continuous connections in which adults explore a Soul Matters theme together each month.

The RE program is supported by the many congregation members who volunteer to teach, help with special Sundays, provide nursery care, serve on the RE team, or support the program in other ways. Paper copies of the Lifespan RE Brochure are available. For questions, contact the office or our Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration.

“Life becomes religious whenever we make it so.” – Sophia Fahs, UU Religious Educator

Religious Exploration Staff

Christ Olsen, DRE

Christi J. Olsen
Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration

Christi has an early childhood associates degree with an infant/toddler endorsement, a Bachelors in Social and Human Behaviors and a Masters in Special Education that support her role at UUCS.  In addition to Christi’s many years of experience directing religious exploration programs and teaching children of all ages, she has been a therapeutic foster parent. … Continued

Marnie Jeffers

Marnie Hallman Jeffers
Religious Exploration Assistant

Marnie graduated from Auburn University with a bachelors in Visual Art and minors in English and Education. She has been a designer for paper products, fabrics, giftware and greeting cards. In addition to her work with the children and youth at UUCS, Marnie teaches art at Spring Farm/Forest school and paints in multi-media. She belongs … Continued

Elsa McKinney-Menchaca-elsa

Elsa McKinney-Menchaca
Religious Exploration Sunday Assistant