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Religious Education Overview


Life becomes religious whenever we make it so: when some new light is seen, when some deeper appreciation is felt, when some larger outlook is gained, when some nobler purpose is formed, when some task is well done.  - Sophia Lyon Fahs, Unitarian Religious Educator


Religious Education & Childcare Opportunities

Religious Education starts Sunday, September 11, at 9:15. All children (PreK-Grade 5) begin each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall and then go to their classrooms. Once a month there will be a large group activity for all students. The 6-8 grade class typically begins each Sunday in the Youth Room.

9:15 am, Religious Education classes for Grades PreK; K; 1-2; 3-5; 6-8

9:15 am, Childcare available for age 3-PreK

11:00 am, Childcare available for age 3-Grade 5

9:15 & 11:00 am, Nursery care available for infants through age 3.

  • Nursery care is available for infants, toddlers, and 3 year olds who are not ready for a PreK-K classroom.  Children are cared for in the nursery by paid childcare providers.  Parents are welcome to stay until their child(ren) feel comfortable, as well as utilize changing/nursing facilities.  Please be sure to sign in and out!


Curriculum Overview

Preschool Curriculum: (Celebrating Me and My World) Children who are in the childcare room (ages 3 and 4) will be spending part of their time engaging in free play. The other half of the time will be spent working with the RE Coordinator and Childcare Staff with the Celebrating Me and My World curriculum. This is a collection of stories and activities for young children to develop a positive self-image, cooperative skills and a sense of interconnectedness with nature and others. This foundation for learning about our UU Faith Tradition will work to extend the boundaries of what children regard as “their world.”

Kindergarten Curriculum: (A Discovering Year) Children in this class will be exploring UU through the A Discovering Year curriculum. Students will have an age-appropriate introduction to the Principles, as well as opportunities to discover their interconnectedness with their families, community, nature, and each other.

First and Second Grade Curriculum: (World of Wonder and Free to Believe) Children in this class will be exploring the Seven Principles and what it means to be a UU. With the World of Wonder curriculum, students will be encouraged to use their natural sense of wonder about the world around them. We will specifically focus on direct experiences with nature and the roll we play in the web of life.  Free to Believe uses UU principles as starting points for exploring values, beliefs, and what it means to be Unitarian Universalist. We will also explore 'big questions' through the perspective of UU sources.

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Curriculum: (World Faiths: Stories of Our World) Children in this class will learn more about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist by learning more about the world religions and how they relate to UU. By learning and celebrating important days from around the world, students will be able to begin living the principles and find their own place in Unitarian Universalism.

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade Curriculum: (Popcorn Theology and Popcorn Theology Too: The Sequel) Students in this class will explore issues of theology and ethics through film. Teachers will be able to select from films recommended in the curriculum and lead discussions after viewing selected scenes with students (while eating popcorn of course!).


A Child-Focused, Safe Community

  • All children must be registered to participate in Religious Education programming.  Regular attendees and visiting families are asked to fill out an information form, and to keep the UUFA office informed of any changes as they occur.  Providing UUFA staff and volunteer teachers with information about allergies, medical alerts, and photo permissions for each child keeps our Religious Education program safe and in compliance with the UUFA Safety Policy.
  • A designated responsible adult for each child (age 14 or younger) must remain on the church campus on Sunday mornings or during other events.
  • Children in Grade 3 and younger must  be picked up from their classrooms by their designated adult.  Children in Grade 4 and older will be released to find their adult when class time has finished.
  • Two adult teachers/volunteers will be present in classrooms at all times.  (Teens who have completed our teen childcare orientation may count for 1 adult.)
  • State of Iowa Department of Human Services background checks are completed annually on all paid UUFA staff and volunteer teachers.
  • The Minister & Director of Religious Education are mandatory reporters of any suspected child abuse or neglect.



  • Visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 10 minutes before the Religious Education class or activity begins so that the Religious Education Coordinator or a UUFA Volunteer may give them a tour of the classrooms and Religious Education facilities.
  • Any parent or designated responsible adult is welcome to attend and observe classes with their children on Sunday mornings.    



Families are encouraged to participate in the Religious Education program through multiple volunteer opportunities.  Contact the UUFA office ( or 515-292-5960) for more information on participation or volunteering.


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