Children and Teens
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
Get excited about
Youth RE 2022-2023 Programs!
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.
FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS
A New Offering: Parents and Caregivers As Sexuality Educators
Scientifically-accurate and LGBTQ+-affirming education has been under attack in our state and even local community. We know that current events have likely compounded the challenges families typically navigate to discuss topics such as bodies, gender, sexuality and family diversity. As a liberal spiritual community, we affirm that all individuals of any gender, sexuality, ability, race or faith identity are whole, holy and good. Any family built on love is a family worth celebrating and protecting; therefore, we feel called to help empower adults to take a proactive role in educating their children on topics such as gender identity, relationships, social media, unintended pregnancy and consent. Join us for this series of interactive, 90-workshops facilitated by Carly Poloskey, DRE at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami.
Childcare provided by our credentialed childcare professionals, available starting 30 minutes prior to class.
Fees: Suggested donation of $75 to offset the cost of childcare
Access the UUCM donation page at https://givebutter.com/uumiamidonate and note “Parent Class” as the memo
Sunday, October 9th 2pm-3:30pm Hopes and Concerns for Kids’ Sexual Health, Emerson Room
Sunday, October 23rd 2pm-3:30pm Communication: How Do We Talk about Sex?, Emerson Room
INTERGENERATIONAL GAME NIGHT & POTLUCK
Friday, September 23rd at 6:30pm- 8:30pm in the Sanctuary
Connect with community members young AND young-at-heart!
Bond over your favorite board games and bring a NUT-FREE dish to share. Let us know what you are bringing by clicking here.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION (RE) DIRECTOR
Dear UUMiami families and friends,
We have been excitedly preparing all summer for another fulfilling year of religious exploration programming. It is our continued work to create 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.
This year, both youth classes will be facilitated by me, a team of generous volunteers and invaluable input from our friend and Indigenous curriculum consultant, Betty Osceola. I’m looking forward to continuing our focus on South Florida Ecosystems in Waves & Reefs with our Children’s Class, exploring our 7th Principle by learning how to better take care of our Blue Boat Home. Likewise, I am thrilled launch Activism in Action: Social Justice and Leadership for Teens to support our adolescents in a survey of local social issues and workshops to provide them the tools to work for justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
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@example.com
The 8 Principles for Kids
Everyone is important
Everyone should be treated fairly and kindly
We accept each other and keep learning together
Everyone should be free to search for what is true and right in life
Everyone should have a vote about things that concern them
We must work towards a peaceful, fair and free world
We must care for planet Earth and all living things
We work to build a Beloved Community, free from racism