Welcome to the
2017-2018 Academic Year!

Welcome to the Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Congregation! Thank you for entrusting us with the safety and development of your children. We recognize that caring for and educating your children in our UU principles so you can attend church on Sunday is an important role that we play in your family’s life, and we strive to fulfill that role well.

At Greater Nashville UU, our academic year starts August 6, 2017, and runs through May 27, 2018. Children and youth attend the 11 AM service with their parents and exit after the Event for All Sages, around 11:15 to go to classes, which end around 12:15. To register your child(ren) for Religious Education Classes, click Children's RE 2017-2018 Registration.

Family Services

Some Sundays, usually the 3rd Sunday of the month, are Family Sundays. During these Sundays, children and youth stay in the service. These services are specifically designed to be children friendly and often involve stories, media, age appropriate songs, and inter-active content. This year each family service will be about one of our 6 sources.

Unitarian Universalim's 6 Sources for Children
Unitarian Universalists find inspiration from six sources. The stories and lessons we offer in religious education are drawn from these foundations of our faith:

  • the sense of wonder we all share.
  • women and men long ago and today — people whose lives remind us to be kind and fair.
  • the ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world’s religious.
  • Christian and Jewish teachings which tell us to love all others as we love ourselves.
  • the use of reason and the discoveries of science.
  • the harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life.

Wiggle Room

For younger children who are not yet ready to leave their parent during the service, the Wiggle Room is connected to the sanctuary. The Wiggle room has a play mat and toys so that your young one can stretch and play. It also have speakers and a window into the sanctuary so that you can listen in to the service.

Religious Education (RE) Classes

At Greater Nashville UU, we let the children and parents decide the best class fit for them. Age ranges are approximations.

To register your child(ren) for Religious Education Classes, click Children's RE 2017-2018 Registration.

Nursery

The Nursery is available for children aged 3 months through preschool.

Chalice Children:  Love Surround Us

Lower Elementary: For children around PreK - 3rd Grade

This Fall our Chalice Children are having fun with Love Surrounds Us Tapestry of Faith curricula. 

Love Surrounds Us

At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. This program explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.

Rainbow Kids: sing to the power

Upper Elementary: For children around 4th through 6th Grade

This Fall our Rainbow Kids are using the Sing to the Power Tapestry of Faith curricula.

Sing to the Power

I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good. — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The word "power" often has a negative connotation. It may remind us of the corruption that seems inevitable when people pursue power for its own sake. We may feel overwhelmed by the power of giant institutions. But everyone has power, and the capacity to choose how and when to use it.

Sing to the Power affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting "powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love." Participants experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders.

Sing to the Power uses a metaphor of the four elements—earth, air, fire, and water—as a framework to explore different forms of power. Four four-session units explore each element. The four elements are illustrated with a large paper or fabric wall hanging begun in the first session and decorated throughout the program.

The program begins with a unit on earth and kinds of power associated with it: Connection, Roots, Growth, and Place. The second unit features kinds of power associated with air: Stillness, Presence, Silence, and Listening. The third unit centers on the powers of fire: Shine, Passion, Action, Reaching Out. The program concludes with three powers of water: Flexibility, Persistence, and Gathering. The final session honors all of the elements' power to Transform.

Youth Classes 

For youth 7th through 12th Grade

This year our Youth are alternating between four focuses:

  • Worship: Planning and participating in 7 Family Services.
  • Religious Education Classes: This year youth have two RE classes to choose from. These classes occur on the same Sundays. The OWL class registration will only be open in August, and then the class roster will close as the class builds on itself and requires a parent orientation.

Virtue Ethics
We make hundreds of decisions every day. Some are small. Some are life changing, although we may not know their significance when we make them. This program's premise—in the words of the Buddha, recited in every workshop Opening—is that "our thoughts and actions become habits and our habits shape our character." We have some control over our character. We can shape the person we want to be by making intentional, thoughtful decisions.

Our Whole Lives (OWL)
A sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.

Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are typically excluded. Although the curriculum was developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, this program is completely secular and free of specific religious doctrine or reference. However, the underlying values of the program reflect the justice-oriented traditions of both denominations. Topics include body image, social media/internet, bullying/bystander responsibilities, and consent education.

Parents interested in the OWL program for your youth, must attend a Parent Orientation at Greater Nashville UU on August 27, from 12:30 - 2:30.  OWL class will start on September 10. 

  • Service in the Congregation: Planning and participating in monthly activities with the larger congregation, such as Picture Day, Name Tag Decorating Day, Hanging of the Greens/Coffeehouse. Planning events for younger children, such as Fall Festival and Spring Festival.
  • Service outside of the Congregation: Walking at Nashville Cares AIDS WalkVolunteering at 2nd Harvest Food Bank (throughout the year), Walking at the MLK Day March,  Walking at Nashville Pride.
  • Fun! Going to Shakespeare in the Park, Laser Tag, Bowling, Lock-ins, and more!

Registration

To register your child(ren) for Religious Education Classes, click Children's RE 2017-2018 Registration.