Raising children to build bridges, not walls. UUs believe in teaching children about all the great religions of the world, about social justice, the wonders of nature, and ethical decision making. Through our Faith Development classes, children learn about who they want to become and the world they want to help create. Unitarian Universalist congregations are places for fun, learning, and affirmation – places where your values are supported by a loving open-minded spiritual community.
Faith Development is a life-long, personal journey. Our children and youth programs encourage participants to explore their questions through our 6 Sources and 7 UU Principles. But it doesn’t stop there. Adults are also encouraged explore and reflect on their personal faith development, be it in small groups or individual studies.
Faith Development is for all ages and we have several adult and youth classes. Click below for more information.
Sunday Classes for Children
Faith Development classes for children PreK (4 years old) through 5th Grade are held at 9am and 11am September through May and 10am June, July, & August.
Classes focus on our 7 principles and 6 sources through the lens of the monthly theme.
Sunday Classes for Youth
Faith Development classes for youth grades 6th-12th are held at Sundays at 10:10am. Youth are encouraged to attend either the 9am or the 11am service with their adults.
Navigators are grades 6-8 and Seekers are grades 9-12.
Walden Hill Youth
Walden Hill Youth (WHY) is for grades 6-12, bringing our youth together in fellowship, service, and spiritual practice. WHY typically meets on Wednesday evenings during the school year.
Coming of Age for Youth
Unitarian Universalist Coming of Age extension program is for high school age youth. Participants in Coming of Age explore their beliefs about religion, spirituality, and being in the world.
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Our Whole Lives is a relationship and sexuality class designed to help our youth make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. OWL classes form when there is sufficient interest to form a class and facilitators for that class level are available.
Learn about Chalice Camp, a week-long summer day camp that deepens children’s identity as Unitarian Universalists and provides a huge amount of fun!
Adult Faith Development
Religious learning and growth is a life-long process at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester. We learn not only from books and “experts,” but by coming together to discuss, explore, and discern.
If you have any questions about our programs for children and youth, please contact our Director of Faith Development.