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 1947.
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:
(1) Have fun and feel they are part of a community;
(2) Gain the basic religious literacy expected in our society;
(3) Learn the skills associated with liberal religion, skills such as public speaking, group singing, basic leadership, how to work together, in-ward reflection, and so on;
(4) Prepare them to become Unitarian Universalist adults, should they choose to do so when they are old enough to make their own reasoned decision.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll be doing distance learning (see below). Online Sunday school classes will be offered for children and young teens. For those who prefer not to do online learning, UUCPA will send monthly packets to all registered families with coloring pages, readings, and activity pages. In addition, each child will receive a book that relates to our religious education curriculum. High school youth will have online meetings of the Senior High Youth Group. The online worship services will have kid-friendly content in the first half of the service.
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 online religious community at UUCPA.
— Rev. Dan Harper
Associate Minister of Religious Education
COVID-19 and distance learning at UUCPA
Our programs for children and teens for the 2020-2021 school year will be held online, and/or offered as U.S. Postal service mailings and kits that can be picked up.
In May, 2020, the Board of Trustees of UUCPA voted to hold no in-person programming on our campus without Board approval. The Unitarian Universalist Association, our parent denomination, has recommended no planning for in-person worship services, or programming for children and teens, through May, 2021.
The Board of Trustees has voted to allow a very limited number of in-person classes, where distance learning is impossible, e.g., the OWL program for gr. 7-9. Families who are eligible to participate in these programs will be contacted if and when they begin.
Need more information? Contact us!