Our Religious Education program is firmly grounded in the Purposes and Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association, adopted in 1984:

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Life-Long Learning – Mission, Themes and Vision for Religious Education

Our Unitarian Universalist principles represent a model for an ethical, faith-filled, and compassionate life.
Our Unitarian Universalist sources inspire us, across time and tradition, to be people of good faith and right action.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading (UUCR) strives to teach these principles and sources through story telling, relationship building, reflecting, playing and working together in classrooms and in our community.  Religious Education volunteers join teams who share  dynamic classes and activities with more than 100 children and youth. Our  program is thriving and welcomes children and youth of all ages.  Classroom settings are designed to give students a chance to examine and discuss Unitarian Universalist values, learning and practicing how to consider choices and actions. Programming rotates on a three-year cycle for elementary grades. Pillar themes include the study of our Judeo-Christian heritage, Unitarian Universalist History & Identity and the study of justice in systems and relationships. Adolescents and teens are offered classes that include ‘Our Whole Lives’ comprehensive sexuality education, the study of World Religions and our milestone ‘Coming of Age’ program. Adults focus on education that deepens our spirituality & connections to one another through study, spiritual practice and through outreach to friends and neighbors, locally and globally.
Please contact the Director of Lifespan Religious Education with any questions you may have about our program or learning opportunities. We welcome you!

Sally Liebermann, Director of Religious Education, and Catherine Senghas, Interim Minister

 

Our Mission

Inspired by our Unitarian Universalist sources, we seek to offer engaging and compelling religious education programming that integrates our Unitarian Universalist principles into critical thinking skill, empowering people of all ages to make choices for compassionate and ethical actions.

 

Relevant Teams and Committees

The R.E. Committee works collaboratively with staff and lay leaders to support the mission of Religious Education at UUCR to ‘offer engaging and compelling religious education programming that will instill and support our Unitarian Universalist principles and sources’.  This committee enjoys a diverse membership of volunteer leaders, each dedicated to supporting a life-affirming experience for children and youth in a spiritual, learning environment. Some members, though not all, are parents of children enrolled in programming. Several members have experience serving on the Governing Board. Some members actively lead R.E. classrooms while others keep the administration and communications of R.E. intact, effective and efficient. The R.E. Committee supports the mission of R.E. enthusiastically and creatively, ensuring that programming is safe, contemporary and accessible.

Religious Education Committee – Theo Noell, Chairs, 2017-2018