R.E. Classes for 2021-2022
I would like to invite you and your family to our Religious Education classes this year.
We, as a congregation,passed the 8th principle in June of this year. For more information on the adult wording and what it means for our denomination, please visit: https://www.8thprincipleuu.org. In Children’s language, we will add it to our teachings with this verbiage, “We must work together for diversity and against racism & oppression.” For our curriculum here at UUFSD we will be incorporating this into our teachings and that every class will incorporate and/or be centered around Anti-racism and Anti-oppression. We, as Unitarian Universalists, are being called to live into our values as never before. Anti-racism/Anti-oppression education in elementary school students starts with students’ awareness of themselves, of others and of how those interactions play out. I believe that social emotional learning — which gives kids the tools to manage and express their feelings — is the heart of race and equity work. I am so proud of the work that the teachers are putting into the classes to make it a safe and fun way to connect around these issues.
The classes start October 3rd and will be held in person on Sundays at 10:00. If you have family or friends who share similar values and would like for their children to have the opportunity to learn about privilege and de-centering whiteness, I highly, highly encourage you to extend the invitation. We have no borders to limit us when proximity is taken out of the equation, the only thing that limits us is our imagination.
Our Covid Policy is for people ages 12 and older to be vaccinated and everyone about 2 years of age needs to be masked. We need each child and youth to be registered for the Religious Education program so we can easily reach people in case contact tracing needs to happen. Thank you for your continued efforts to keep everyone at UUFSD safe and healthy! We appreciate it so much!
Sending love and I look forward to connecting with you soon.
Alison Aguilar Lopez Gutierrez McLeod
PreK-K (4 yrs+): Chalice Children
Sheryl Goto and Volunteers
Sheryl Goto has been teaching this class for over 20 years. Her generosity of heart and spirit makes this class a beautiful first step in the journey of our young families. In Chalice Children the curriculum introduces children to concepts such as family, holidays, birth and death, social justice issues, dreams and the natural world using fun activities, rhymes and fingerplays. Class meets on the patio of the Footprints classroom. Here is a map of the campus so you can have a better idea where things are located.
Grades 1-3: Anti-Racism/ Anti-Oppression Picture Book Curriculum
Danielle Rubenfeld and Volunteers
Danielle has been part of this Fellowship for years and has extensive experience teaching children through her volunteering and studying to become a teacher at CSM. She brings so much energy, understanding and gentleness around the issues that we will be addressing. The 1st-3rd grade class will be exploring topics such as sexism, heterosexism, classism, racism, ableism, sizeism/ ageism, and immigration/colonisation. Alison has carefully selected each book that will be used and has curated the collection to be as thoughtful as possible. Class meets on the patio of the Treetops classroom. Here is a link to a map of the campus so you can have a better idea where classes are located.
Grades 4-6: The Bible through a Unitarian Universalist Anti-bias lens
Katherine Buffington and Volunteers
We are so lucky to have Katherine as the lead teacher in this class. She has been teaching at UUFSD for 3 years and contributing for so much longer. This year, 4-6th UUFSD RE curriculum will focus on Bible literacy through a unique Unitarian Universalist lens. There will be examinations of stories, parables and students will learn how to navigate and find things within the Christian text. All conversations will focus around our ideals of social justice, the application of our UU principles to everyday situations, and rereading history through a UU-, social justice-focused lens. The class will be meeting on the minister’s patio, just right across from the library adjacent to the office. Here is a link to a map of the campus so you can have a better idea where classes are located.
Junior High and High School: Youth Group and Anti-racism/Anti-oppression workshops.
Sunday Mornings Alison and Ernie will be leading a combined Middle School and High School age class at the 10:00 service. We will talk about current events, how Unitarian Universalist values can be a lens in which to view the world and it’s quickly changing environments. We will be meeting on the patio of the YRUU building which is called officially the “Cathy Shepps Space” by the upper parking lot. Here is a link to a map of the campus so you can have a better idea where classes are located.
Youth Group is hosted by Alison and Ernie throughout the entire year. Please see the Stay Connected page for times and days. It is just a place to come and “be.” We talk about life, school, pressures etc… in a supportive environment with no judging, only love and affirmation. For more information, please email Alison: email@example.com. It too, is held in the YRUU patio. All are welcome.
Junior High OWL Coming in January!
We are pleased to announce that UUFSD will offer the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program for our 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students and homeschool equivalents this fall! Why is this course important for your middle school student? Read on!
Sexuality is complex because it encompasses not only anatomy and development, but also communication, emotions, relationships, values, self-image, and social justice. Although we acknowledge that parents are the primary educators for their children, it is important that teens have the opportunity to discuss these issues with other knowledgeable adults and their peers in a structured and safe environment.
The OWL program will offer the following for your youth:
1) Accurate Information: The OWL program is designed to provide accurate, comprehensive and useful information about sex. As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that quality information is necessary for making healthy decisions. OWL’s approach is comprehensive: going beyond identifying body parts to include relationships and personal skills in addition to sexual health and behavior. OWL addresses decision-making, clarifies values, builds interpersonal skills, and deepens understanding of spiritual, emotional and societal aspects of sexuality, which can influence the decisions we make. Its “three Rs” are Responsibility, Respect, and Relationships.
2) Skills for Living: The OWL course helps teens to develop valuable skills that they will need as adults.
a) Recognizing and articulating their own feelings;
b) Communicating those feelings openly and honestly with each other and the adults in their lives;
c) Healthy and responsible decision-making about relationships, self, and sexual behavior.
3) Religious Values: Our Unitarian Universalist Principles call us to make choices about our sexual behavior that are respectful of rights, boundaries, and integrity of self and others. Making responsible choices in relationships is a significant part of our discussions.
4) Valuing All Forms of Diversity: OWL includes accurate information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) identities and relationships and strives to avoid hetero-normative and gender-binary bias.
5) Fun!: Yes, the OWL class has lots of fun activities built in to keep your youth engaged and interested!
Alison ALG McLeod and Ernie Dun have been teaching partners for all of the OWL classes at UUFSD in the past couple of years. This will be the second time that they are co-teaching the specific Junior High OWL. They say, “it is one of the most important classes that we offer as a denomination. Students come back to us in their twenties to talk about how powerful and necessary this class was to their development. This class is a must take!” For more information please contact Alison at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Adult Group
The emerging adult group, or young adults, meet weekly and it is open to 18-27 year olds. We recognize that navigating adulthood is challenging! (Sometimes we don’t want to “adult” either!) Whether you’re finding your first apartment, starting a new job or exploring a committed relationship, in college, moving far from your childhood home, or figuring out life as an adult in your community, Unitarian Universalism has tools for the journey. Come and join us for deep reflection and fun. Please see the Stay Connected page for the days and times we meet via Zoom.