BERRIEN UU CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR 2017-2018
Grades K-5 – Moral Tales
Every day our children go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. Moral Tales attempts to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.
Grades 6-12 – Peace and Social Justice
Older middle and high school age students can participate in peace and social justice programs 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 12 +), plan and participate with teens and members of the OutCenter, and learn about and practice environmental justice. Students meet at BUUF on Sundays during our services and outside of BUUF when necessary. They will be expected to attend Sunday services when appropriate for their 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.
RE Summer Day Camp
Berrien UU is hosting our first ever summer day camp for children and grandchildren of the Berrien UU fellowship! Camp will run daily from 9 AM to noon Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27, 2018. Numerous adult volunteers will be assisting with the event, including Berrien UU’s minister (Jim McConnell) and Berrien UU’s former and current Directors of Religious Education (Dave Sarra, Katharine Lion). Attendance is open to all Berrien UU-affiliated children ages 3 to 12, and there is no cost to attend.
Camp will focus on developing our children’s skills in and appreciation for music, theater, art and environmental protection (in relation to UU principles). Camp will also incorporate elements of worship, team-building, written expression (for older children) and lots and lots of fun! On July 29th, children attending camp will help conduct the Sunday service, where they will sing, perform, share their artwork and written expressions, and greet members and guests as they arrive. This is a tremendous opportunity for children to connect, grow and explore their UU identity!
For more details, read the 2018 BUUF Summer Day Camp Brochure
Parents are asked to fill out the 2018/19 registration form in order for their children to participate in 2018 Summer Day Camp and/or our regular Sunday Religious Education program. This form is available in hard-copy format at Berrien UU or can be accessed and printed here, then mailed in or dropped off. Thank you! We look forward to having your children join us!