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.
- Children’s Program – What we offer