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Some of the curricular materials are kept in our Religious Education Curriculum Library and may be borrowed by teachers. Much of what we use comes from the online collection of Unitarian Universalist curricula, called Tapestry of Faith. This is a series for all ages to "nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love." Links to specific curricula and other resources are available below.
Preschool & Kindergarten
In the 2014-2015 program year, we are introducing the Spirit Playcurriculum.We may shift to We Are Many, We Are One in January.
First - Third Grade
In the 2014-2015 program year, we are using Faithful Journeys.
Fourth & Fifth Grades
In the 2014-2015 program year, our 9:00 participants are following Toolbox of Faith.
Our 11:00 group will explore Bible Stories. Our curriculum was written by a First Unitarian Universalist Society member, Jeffrey A. Trumbower, Ph.D. If you are not planning to use it for teaching in our program, please contact him for permission to use it: 802-654-2898. The second half of the year, they will use Windows and Mirrors.
Riddle and Mystery - There are so many questions in life and this program helps sixth graders begin to search for understanding. We also use a UU history curriculum. You can contact the Director of Religious Education to borrow it.
In the 2014-2015 program year, we are introducing a fully-revised curriculum which introduces youth to faith perspectives in their community, in order for them to deepen and appreciate the faith context in which Unitarian Universalism finds itself. Building Bridges is the new title of the former Neighboring Faiths curriculum.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is the highly-acclaimed comprehensive sexuality program in which this congregation takes much pride. A special application process is required for those who wish to enroll their children. Find more information here.
Ninth through Twelfth Grade
Two primary program options are available to high schoolers. They may choose to take part in our Coming of Age program, which features deep questioning with adult mentors and culminates in an off-site retreat and sharing Credos during a worship service.
Our Yuuth Group focuses on lots of social justice projects, some worship (and worshipful) activities, and plenty of food, fun, and bonding time. This group receives support and guidance from adult advisors and our Youth Ministry Advisory Team.
Young Adult Resources
This program is based at the University of Vermont here in Burlington, but is open to students from other local colleges, as well as other college-age young people. These are some Unitarian Universalist Association resources, but activities and events are guided by the current leadership and participants.
The Tapestry of Faith Curricula includes a wide variety of options for adult study and discussion topics including: sexuality, spirituality, leadership, theology, history, ethics, social justice, and partner relationships. Scroll about half way down the list to find the adult options. There are other opportunities for ongoing adult education here, too.