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We begin our childcare program with 1-4 year olds circling together to light a felt chalice and to explore the month’s worship theme in story and song.
In the Fall…“Love Surrounds Us” - Children learn the Unitarian Universalist Principles as they focus on love’s expression in the communities that kindergarteners and first graders know well—their family, home, school, congregation, and neighborhood.
In the Spring…“Treasure Hunting” - Our children will hunt for the treasure as a metaphor for the search for truth and meaning. They will explore issues that they face in their daily lives, the meaning of Unitarian Universalist principles and values, and the importance of an accepting and caring community.
In the Fall…“Love Will Guide Us” - In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?" "How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?" "What happens when you die?" Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions.
In the Spring…“Love Connects Us” - Celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another's search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.
In the Fall…“Riddle and Mystery” - Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries.
In the Spring…“Windows and Mirrors” - Through a lens of UU faith and justice, children look closely at themselves and the communities to which they belong, especially their congregation. How do they experience true affiliation with others who may, at first, seem very unlike themselves? What actions do their observations demand, as they move out from “me” to “we?”
Our “MUUGS” group (Middle School UU Gatherings”) gathers for fellowship, community building, and fun. Our group is also connected to the PCD district-wide MUUGS community.
Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive values-based sexuality education program, with age-appropriate curricula fo: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, and grades 10-12. The curriculum is rooted in our Unitarian Univeraslist value of the inherent worth and dignity of all people.
Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive values-based sexuality education program, with age-appropriate curricula fo: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, and grades 10-12. The curriculum is rooted in our Unitarian Universalist value of the inherent worth and dignity of all people.
UUCB will offer the K-1 OWL curriculum in January 2013.
Grade K-1 Supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families. Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, the 8 sessions engage children with stories, songs and activities and include a weekly HomeLink - a homework project for parents and children to do together. Promotes dialogue between parent and child.
Grade 4-6 A program for learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants will read “It's Perfectly Normal” by Robie H. Harris, and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication and decision making. Each session includes a HomeLink - a homework activity for parents and children to complete together.
Grades 7-9 A sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world. Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are typically excluded. Topics include sexuality and body awareness, relationships, gender and diversity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and responsible sexual behavior and safety.
High School Using a comprehensive approach, this program helps senior-high youth gain the knowledge, life principles and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways.
Coming of Age is a year-long program for youth entering the 8th and 9th grade at UUCB. We promote, honor and affirm our teenager’s passage towards the greater freedoms and responsibilities of adulthood, and seek to engage them with a deeper appreciation and experience as Unitarian Universalists. The UU Church of Berkeley Coming of Age program partners youth with adult mentors in the congregation, and the participants work together to articulate their beliefs and what it is they value and hold most dear. The program culminates in a worship service in the spring in which each participant shares their “creedo” statement with the congregation.