Religious Exploration – Youth
“Children cannot be talked into a beautiful faith. Whatever experience contributes to making one love life, anticipates and determines a faith that embodies that love. The basic emphasis in education, therefore, must be on the process itself, on the environment of social harmony.”
— Angus H. MacLean
Spiritual Growth for Children
The Midcoast UU Fellowship brings children together for meaningful worship, spiritual growth, exploration and learning. We want children to personally experience our Unitarian Universalist faith and all the wonderful ideals that it embodies as well as the wisdom of other faith traditions.
A child’s experience at the Midcoast Fellowship is just one aspect of his or her religious development. While every child will participate in enriching and meaningful programs among us, it is at home where the spiritual development of each child will blossom.
For more information about our Religious Exploration programs, contact Carney Doucette, Director of Religious Exploration, at .
Nine Goals of Our Religious Exploration Program
The religious exploration experience at UU Midcoast, Maine is designed to help children and youth:
- Learn about themselves and develop a sense of self-worth that can lead to meaningful relationships with others;
- Appreciate the wonder, beauty, order, and mystery of life;
- Understand that the global community includes all people;
- Develop a sense of belonging to our religious community;
- Learn about the history and practices of Unitarian Universalism;
- Discover the interrelationships between their intellectual and spiritual dimensions;
- Build a basis for a living religious philosophy;
- Learn to apply this philosophy to themselves and others, while understanding that it involves responsibility as well as freedom and creativity.
- Have fun!
Our “Secret” Ingredient: The Love and Support of Many People
The most important ingredient of any religious education program is the love and support of many people. Like many other UU congregations we are moving away from the Sunday school model, wanting our children to experience something different from “school” when they come here.
We know that children learn best through their own experiences: creating art, moving, writing, making music, being involved in social action projects, in discussions and spontaneous conversations with family and congregation members, all of which bring our religious faith to life. They grow by being part of a community that respects and honors their unique contributions.
Part of that community are the adults who volunteer in our Sunday RE program. We like to think of them as spiritual guides.
The UU philosophy of inclusiveness can be found in our fellowship’s children’s programs, small group ministries, intergenerational services, youth groups, chorale, a heritage trip to Boston, social justice projects, community suppers, youth-led services, “new UU” classes, collective fund-raising endeavors, a mUUsicale, and regular committee meetings.
We invite you and your children to join us on this most essential and meaningful journey!