Children and Youth Overview
Welcome to Sunday school programs for children and youth at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA). Religious education for children has been at the heart of UUCPA since the establishment of the congregation in 1948.
In our religious education programs for children and teens, we want to help young people become sensitive, moral, and joyful people, people who have intellectual integrity and spiritual insight. We have no interest in forcing dogmas or beliefs on children; instead, we want children to reach for the highest human values.
At UUCPA, we have four big goals for children and youth: learn about them here.
Because we believe in learning by doing, all children and youth attend the first fifteen minutes of the Sunday morning services and attend half a dozen intergenerational services in the course of the year. When they attend services, young people learn our religious tradition through participating and doing: they sing and hear liberal religious music, they learn how to be in community with adults, they learn that sitting quietly is a form of spiritual practice. We want young people to learn that a Unitarian Universalist service is a time when you can reconnect with the best part of your self.
In the spirit of connecting with the best part of our selves, I hope you will encourage the young people in your life to participate regularly in the religious community here at UUCPA.
— Rev. Dan Harper
Associate Minister of Religious Education
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