First Parish seeks to create an environment that is safe, welcoming, and loving for everyone who participates in our Religious Education program. This is a place where everyone should have a voice and be able to speak openly and freely, without fear of judgment. By exploring together, we work to nourish a love of learning, a sense of curiosity, and the foundations for critical thinking among our children and youth. Our Religious Education program emphasizes ethical and spiritual growth through a variety of curricula rooted in the Seven Principles and Six Sources of our Unitarian Universalist tradition. Through learning and working together we seek to create a more just world.
“Religious experiences need not be different than other experiences. Any experience has a religious quality if it touches the inner core of the individual personality, strengthens it, and encourages it to go on.”
— Sybil Marshall
“If Religious Education is to be truly child-centered, then it must satisfy more positive adult needs, such as recognition, acceptance, and understanding.”
This is what we seek in youth engagement activities, a self fulfillment with regard to their own participation and experience being part of a youth community that recognizes, accepts and understands them as individuals.
May’s theme in the Religious Education Soul Matters Curriculum is Embodiment.
This will be an opportunity to literally use our body, our senses, to be aware in our world.
In our wonder box, we will have smelling bottles.
We may talk about Helen Keller and how some of our senses are stronger than others. We will discuss the practice of yoga and eating healthy. How do we want our own personal vehicle/body to greet our world and community? Yes, the body is our vehicle for our mind and spirit. We will discuss what it might mean to each one of us to have, body fullness, using our five senses.
What does the word spirit or soul mean to other cultures and religions? We will talk about our own religion’s Unitarian Universalist 3rd and 4th principles, (We’re free to learn together, and search for what is true).
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