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Children & Youth Religious Education

We welcome all young people, from infancy through senior high, to participate in the Child and Youth Religious Education (RE) program at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka. Our program is divided into several groups so that children and youth receive age-appropriate religious education related to using Unitarian Universalist Principles in church, in the community, and in the wider world. We strive to familiarize children and youth with worldwide religious practice, a wide variety of religious holidays, and history of Unitarian Universalism, as well as to engage them in hands-on social justice work.

We provide a nursery that serves infants and toddlers through age three. Our preschool and kindergarten class is designed to familiarize children and help them gain comfort with each other, their teachers, the Fellowship building, and the key symbols and values of Unitarian Universalism. In first through third grade our children study the interconnected web of existence, become more familiar with Unitarian Universalism, and increase their awareness of world religions. In the fourth through sixth grade group, the above topics are deepened.

Youth programs are offered at both the junior high (7th and 8th grades) and high school levels. Both groups have youth advisors helping to direct their programs. A "Coming of Age" curriculum is offered for the junior high level on alternate years (next scheduled to begin in the fall of 2011). Coming of Age is analogous to “confirmation” classes in more traditional churches, and its aim is to help middle schoolers begin to articulate their faith through various activities and adult mentorship. At the senior high level programs are developed and often led by the students, with adults acting as facilitators and advisors.

We offer a comprehensive and sensitively developed program on human sexuality called Our Whole Lives (OWL) at times other than Sunday mornings for children as young as Kindergarten. (These classes are open only to the children of Fellowship members, with adult caregivers’ express permission.) Classes are divided by age and developmental stage and includes both values-based instruction and accurate, age-appropriate information taught by trained and vetted teachers.

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For more information contact:
Jean Ryan
Director of Religious Education

Leslie Weishaar
Lifespan Religious Education Chairperson