Children and Teens
“Education in the true sense is helping the individual to be mature and free, to flower greatly in love and goodness. That is what we should be interested in, and not in shaping the child according to some idealistic pattern.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti
Youth Religious Exploration at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami
A well-planned and unique Religious Exploration Program for children and teens is offered to our entire community:
Childcare, ages 0-3
Children’s Class, ages 4-11
Teen's Class, ages 12-17
Children under 12 are invited to join us the first Sunday of each month during the June through September for summer-themed activities, crafts, music and merriment. Childcare will remain available for all other weeks during these summer months, until weekly RE classes resume September 11th.
Get excited about Youth RE 2022-2023!
WAVES & REEFS teaches pre-k to grade 5 children the skills of communing with all that is alive around us. Continuing to honor the interconnected web of existence, this curriculum focuses on the water ecosystems of South Florida, the ancestral home of the Tequesta and Calusa, and the lands of the Miccosukee and Seminole people. Our curriculum consultant and guest teacher, Betty Osceola, aids in our aspirations to become better stewards of our land.
Sunday morning explorations, are designed to be hands-on and inter-disciplinary. Often enjoyed outside on the five-acre campus of UUMiami, classes will explore multiple ways of knowing: through science, art, tradition, music and movement!
Field learning experiences will provide whole family outings to help us know both the wild and historical parts of this corner of the world, hopefully developing our own sense of land stewardship shared from our indigenous neighbors.
- Water Stories: Exploring Ancient Water Myths
- Rock and Roll: Sediments of our South Florida Coast
- Blue Boat Home: Marine Ecosystems
- Conservation for Kids
ACTIVISM IN ACTION: Social Justice & Leadership for Teens is a curriculum for middle and high school youth that will include opportunities for service to the congregation, off-campus service learning projects and leadership workshops to promote the development of socially conscious young citizens.
Each Sunday, we affirm that love is the spirit of this faith and service is its prayer. UUMiami has a well-established history of working toward equity and justice in our community, and our young leaders have the chance to become a part of that meaningful legacy by learning about:
- Our Social Justice Toolbox: how we use our voice & vote
- Anti-racism movements
- Gender equity & Feminist movements
- LGBTQ+ Movements
- Mental Health & Disability Justice
- Addressing Poverty & Wealth Inequality
- Environmental Justice & Land Stewardship
- Leadership skills & team-building
Participants will have the opportunity to volunteer with local organizations addressing social issues such as housing and food insecurity to further develop their leadership abilities and commitment to community service. For each unit completed, participants will be eligible for approximately 10 hours of community service.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION (RE) DIRECTOR
Greetings, UUMiami families and friends,
Summertime is here! It is our sincerest hope that UUMiami will be a welcoming, affirming community in which young and old can recharge, imagine, create and expand. The fourth principle in our living tradition honors our commitment to protecting a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and our efforts in the Religious Exploration program strive to cultivate a safe environment in which our littlest learners can seek out their truth. Whether through artistic expression, reveling in nature, pondering age-old stories or connecting with the wisdom of elders in our community, participants in our RE classes are provided varied opportunities to develop into kind, compassionate and socially conscious young adults.
Many of our worship service programming this summer will be intergenerational and interactive–we hope you will join in the fun! We welcome all families in search of a nurturing, progressive faith community for their children. Honoring the latest science, we continue to exercise the utmost caution with regard to COVID-19 safety protocols on our campus.
Inquiries of interest can be directed to [email protected]