“We are Unitarian Universalists with open minds, loving hearts and hands that are ready to serve.”
At the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation we partner with parents and caregivers in raising children who will become kind, respectful, fair minded, caring and strong enough to stand up for what is right. Through our religious exploration programs and the inclusion of children in worship, social justice work, and multigenerational gatherings, our congregation reinforces what parents and caregivers teach at home. We strive to nurture truth seeking, spirituality, and progressive moral values that will continue to shape and support our children as they grow.
Our Kindergarten through 5th Grade children develop values and beliefs in an environment that fosters discovery through story, art, music, games and sharing. Over time they will establish a strong identity as a Unitarian Universalist, gain knowledge of the stories and traditions of other world religions, and experience living our faith through social and environmental action.
Every Sunday all children, Kindergarten through 8th grade, begin in the Sanctuary together. As a community all are welcomed, the chalice is lit, a story is shared, and the children and youth leave the sanctuary through a love arch created by the congregation down the middle aisle as a hymn is sung. Visitors are encouraged to walk their children to their classes if it is their first time attending. Our classes extend to 11:40 a.m. to allow time for the parents and caregivers to enjoy some refreshments and meet other adults in the community.
WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN:
Kindergarten-5th Grade – meet in Social Hall
Our K-5th grade follows a model of faith development, known as Labyrinth Learning!
Labyrinth Learning is designed for this multi-age group and is a model that utilizes different learning styles so that children can select what is best for their own learning. Notably, the model emphasizes the experiential and relational nature of religious education and faith formation.
The Labyrinth Learning mornings will flow through a predictable format. Each Sunday breaks out into roughly four segments.
- Whole Group Presentation – Chalice Lighting, Offertory, Hymn, and Story
- Workshop Choices – Four choices ranging from active to silent: games, science, art
- Sharing Circles – A time to process the theme and workshop choice
- Whole Group Closing
Around that format we will build our content. The 2017-2018 is divided into three explorations.
- UU Identity – September to January
- Religious Literacy: Earth-Centered Religions — January to May
- Social Justice – interspersed throughout the year
It should be an exciting year!