The Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City (UUSIC) recognizes that learning is a lifelong process, and our Lifespan Religious Education includes programs for children and youth, young adults, and adults.
Under the nurturing care of staff and dedicated volunteers, religious education helps our children, youth, and adults grow together in a welcoming, diverse spiritual community through programs which reflect the mission of our faith community — to touch hearts, change lives, and transform the world.
Lifespan Religious Education aims to grow children, youth, and adults who:
Know they are lovable and worthy, able to flourish in their potential and use their gifts in the service of life
Value the importance of asking questions and their own search for truth and meaning
Affirm that they are part of a Unitarian Universalist religious heritage and community of faith that has value and provides resources for living
Accept that they are responsible for the stewardship and creative transformation of their community of faith
Realize that they are moral agents, capable of making a difference in the world, socially, environmentally and politically
Recognize the need for community, families and interpersonal connections
Appreciate the value of spiritual practice as a means of deepening faith and integrating beliefs and values with everyday life
Understand the need and tools for cultivating diverse and welcoming communities
Experience hope, joy, mystery and healing and personal transformation in the midst of life’s challenges
Stay informed about the LRE program via updates from your Director of Lifespan Religious Education and upcoming events.
Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE): preschool through senior high
Our growing CYRE program offers classes for preschool through 12th grade, and explores such areas as celebrating self and world, Unitarian Universalist principles, our Judeo-Christian heritage, neighboring faiths, sexuality, social justice, and the Coming of Age journey. Attending the first 15 minutes of Sunday services gives children and youth the opportunity to participate with the congregation in worship and to express their faith before going to their classes. Religious Education classes provide a safe, nurturing community that encourages children and youth to grow in curiosity, expression, tolerance, confidence, and self-esteem, and to develop personal values and responsibilities as they define their faith identity.
For 2016-17 CYRE program information, please see the Children and Youth RE page or contact: Saunia Powell, Director of Lifespan Religious Education, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Religious Education for Adults
Opportunities for adults in religious education programming include small discussion and community-building groups, special seminars, the Campus and Young Adult Community (CAYAC) , and Welcome Home Wednesday classes. Our goal is to provide a varied adult religious education program to support members’ lifelong intellectual and spiritual growth.