Spiritual Growth for All Ages
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.
- Connection Groups provide a venue for small group conversations 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
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
Howdy! I’ve been involved with UU, as part of Youth & YA Conferences and attending various congregations, since I was in high school in North Carolina. Our tradition had an enormous and wonderful impact on me as a youth, and continues to be a deep well of inspiration and hope today. As an adult, I’ve … Continued
Elizabeth graduated from Willamette University with a B.A. in Studio Art. In addition to her work with the children at UUCS, where she has been a member since 2013, Elizabeth works as a professional artist and raises her daughter with her husband in Keizer.
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 has been attending UUCS since she started elementary school and now she and her family attend together. Her son Rowan and her husband often accompany her behind the scenes in RE. She has consistently worked with children since she was a youth herself, working as a childcare provider for multiple families through high school … Continued