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 on-going COVID pandemic, this year we’re offering in-person programs and online classes. We’ll have an online Neighboring Religions class for gr. 6-8. In-person/outdoor programming includes classes for gr. K-2, gr. 3-5, and Ecojustice class for gr. 6-8. We also offer supervised play opportunities for preschoolers. Classes are offered at 9:30, at the same time as our outdoors in-person worship 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
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