Universalist Unitarian Church of Waterville
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Eva Goulette, Director of Religious Exploration
Elementary Youth Program (Ages 4 through 9)
Curriculum: Love Will Guide Us
In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?" "How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?" "What happens when you die?" Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.
Junior RE Program (Ages 10 and Up)
Curriculum: Riddle and Mystery
The purpose of Riddle and Mystery is to assist students in their own search for understanding. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?
As director of Religious Exploration (RE), Eva brings an energy and passion for learning and spiritual growth. As a shamanic practitioner and founder of Dancing Jaguar Inspirations, Eva's goal of RE is to nurture the developing faith and spirituality of children, not to indoctrinate them with one right way of being in the world. To learn more about Eva and Dancing Jaguar Inspirations, please visIt her website.
The Bead Ceremony
When a new child comes to the church and joins our Religious Exploration classes, the child is presented with a single, unique bead on a cord as our way of welcoming him or her into the church. As each child celebrates a milestone in his or her life, the entire congregation celebrates with that child. A unique, specialized bead is created for the child and is added to his or her necklace in a short ceremony in front of the congregation. This creates a wonderful opportunity for the child to realize he or she is a part of a much larger community that is supporting him or her throughout his or her childhood. It also allows the congregants to get to know each child in a more personalized way by allowing the adults to see the world through the eyes of each child.
About the Program
Religious Exploration classes are offered for children (preschool through 12th grade) during Sunday worship services. Children begin in the sanctuary for the first portion of the service and then proceed to their classrooms after the Story for All Ages.
Religious Exploration class topics are shared with the congregation in the monthly newsletter, The POINT. This is done to let our church community know what our children and youth are studying and to encourage conversations between our younger people and adult churchgoers.
It “takes a village” to support our children and youth, so we encourage the entire community to volunteer in the program. To help in an RE class, contact Eva by email or by phone (207) 680-6942.
The 2015 - 2016 RE Calendar Is HERE!
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