BERRIEN UU CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR 2016-2017
 
Grades K-5 – In Our Hands:  A Peace and Social Justice Program

This curriculum involves children in exploring their own knowledge and feelings about the issues of peace and justice. The program helps children to learn about their own feelings and understanding about conflict and unfairness and to explore constructive ways of both resolving conflict and promoting peace and fairness in their personal relationships. In Our Hands also engages children in exploring peace and fairness in their relationship with nature. Finally, it introduces them to several Unitarian Universalists who have made a contribution to peace and fairness in the world. Long-time children’s RE teachers Gloria Weberg and Lisa Fuller will lead most of these classes.
 
Unit One: Affirming the Worth of Self and Others
Unit Two: Exploring One’s Own Experience
Unit Three: Exploring Friends and Enemies
Unit Four: Partners with Nature
Unit Five: UUs Working for a Fair and Peaceful World
Unit Six: Acting for Peace and Fairness
 
 
Grades 6-12 – Peace and Social Justice
 
Our older middle and high school age students will continue this year’s peace and social justice program by learning through participation and action on issues involving poverty, re-certifying BUUF’s Welcoming Congregation status, and taking the necessary steps for BUUF to be certified as a Green Sanctuary. These students will have opportunities to prepare and serve lunch at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen (ages 13 +), plan and participate with teens and members of the OutCenter, and learn about and practice environmental justice. Students will meet at BUUF on Sundays during our services and outside of BUUF when necessary. They will be expected to attend several of our Sunday services when appropriate to this year’s activities. Our high school students are self-directed and have BUUF’s support should they choose to plan other appropriate activities. Our DRE Dave Sarra will lead our high school students.