Spiritual Exploration

We provide spiritual exploration (SE) for pre-school through high-school-age children and youth, as well as nursery care for the youngest children. Our SE program is offered at no cost to members and visitors.

We do ask that you register your children and youth for our Spiritual Exploration program. This helps us know you better, be aware of any allergy or health issues, and helps us plan for staffing and supplies.

This year's theme is Multiculturalism and Social Justice.

We will have Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for 10th–12th graders this year. The mandatory parent orientation will be on November 12th from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Ours is a child-centered philosophy which seeks to help children and youth find the sacred within themselves while nurturing their development and introducing them to Unitarian Universalist values and principles by way of example. We affirm the worth and dignity all our children and youth. We recognize each person as a spiritual being regardless of age. We encourage each person to explore their religious ideas and questions. We invite children and youth to take part in the world as a whole, supporting their efforts to change our world for the better.              

2017-2018 Children and Youth Programs

Panda Bears are our youngest children. These kids are infants and toddlers. We provide childcare for this age. They play, hear stories, sing and make crafts.

Polar Bears are children who are in Kindergarten-1st grade.  Polar Bear Parent Newsletter

Sun Bears are children who are 2nd-4th grade.  Sun Bear Parent Newsletter

Rainbow Bears are children who are 5th-8th graders. Rainbow Bear Parent Newsletter

Moon Bears are 9th - 12th graders. Moon Bear Parent Newsletter

Coming of Age

This program is for 7th-10th graders and will continue in Fall 2018. Coming of Age marks the transition from childhood to young adult that is as old as history. They have included ritual abductions, vision quests, and bar and bat mitzvahs, all to help youth learn about themselves and prepare for adulthood.

Many Unitarian Universalist congregations mark this transition with year-long coming of age programs, which generally include four parts: pairing youth with adult mentors; discussions and retreats that emphasize self-awareness and confidence-building; service to the church and community; and a culminating affirmation ceremony.

Our Whole Lives (OWL)

Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults (ages 18-35), and adults.

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 uses approaches that work. The curricula are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (PDF) produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education, and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

Our Whole Lives covers topics and skills that both parents and students want to have available but schools are less likely to cover. The Kaiser Family Foundation has an interesting report on this subject called "Sex Education in America: A View from Inside the Nation's Classrooms." New national surveys are challenging the convention that Americans are reluctant to have sexual health issues taught in school. The surveys show that most parents, along with educators and students themselves, would expand sex education courses and curriculum.

K - 2nd Grade Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives for Grades K-2, a 8-session curriculum. This curriculum is based on the philosophy that parents and education institutions can form a meaningful partnership for positive and responsible sexuality education.

4th - 6th Grade Our Whole Lives
The 4th - 6th graders, a 9-session curriculum, is currently being offered. This curriculum is based on the philosophy that parents and education institutions can form a meaningful partnership for positive and responsible sexuality education. 

7th - 9th Grade Our Whole Lives (OWL)
The 7th - 9th graders was offered Fall 2014 and will be offered again. The 27-session curriculum offers a sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It is a holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.  OWL Schedule

For more information about CUUB's Spiritual Exploration Program, please email our Director of Spiritual Exploration, Beth Havlik.

Safety

We follow a number of safety policies, including:

  • All staff, teachers, and helpers working with children and youth undergo a criminal and sexual offender background check before they volunteer. All teachers are members of CUUB. 
  • At least two adults are required to be present during all children and youth classes and activities.
  • All classrooms are provided with hallway windows so that activities are viewable at all times.
  • First aid kits are available in each classroom and throughout the building.
 
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