Welcome to the
2019-2020 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 11, 2019, and runs through May 17, 2020. Children and youth attend the 11 AM service with their parents and exit after the Time 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 Registration.

Family Services

Some Sundays, usually the 1st Sunday of the month, are Family Service Sundays. During these Sundays, children and youth stay in the service. These services are specifically designed to be family friendly and often involve stories, media, age appropriate songs, and interactive content. This year each family service will be an introduction to the monthly Soul Matters theme.

Soul Matters Themes

What Does It Mean to be a People of…

  • September: Expectation

  • October: Belonging

  • November: Attention

  • December: Awe

  • January: Integrity

  • February: Resilience

  • March: Wisdom

  • April: Liberation

  • May: Thresholds

  • June: Play

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 Registration.

Nursery

The Nursery is available for children under 5 years. It consists of a UU friendly story or activity and free play. (Chalice Children Room)

children classes

Option 1: Soul Matters Religious Education Program (RE Main Room)

Soul Matters RE Program (for children in K - 6th grade)

The Soul Matters RE program is theme-based. The goal is to connect children with their parents and the rest of the congregation by engaging them with the same monthly theme that the rest of the church community is exploring.

Each session is structured with a circle time to start, a story, then activities which explore the theme. These session plans include three basic types of resources:

  • A Time of Centering and Explaining the Theme: Wonder box or Circle Reflection Time script and story suggestion(s)

  • Experiential Activities: Tons of Songs, Videos, Role Play, Games, Crafts, Puppets and other activities relating to the theme.

  • Meditation Practice: Meditations connected to the theme developed by Rev. Jaelynn Pema Scott, ordained Buddhist minister and UU Lifelong Faith Formation Director.

The activities address “the three S’s” of Faith Formation requirements -

  • Silence (meditation/mindfulness)

  • Sunshine (experiences in nature and movement)

  • Service (opportunities to help others)

The sessions use a matrix of sources, which prioritizes UU Identity-building but includes 9 other lenses:

  • UU Identity/History/Heritage

  • ARAOMC (Anti-Racism/ Anti-Oppression/Multicultural)

  • World Religions

  • Multiple Intelligences

  • Music

  • Science and Math

  • Kid Culture

  • Justice

  • Life Issues

  • Online resources

Option 2: (for children in 5th-7th grade): OUR WHOLE LIVES (Rainbow Kids Room)

(NOTE: This class will be closed to new members after the orientation sessions in September 2019.)

Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. Developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.

This ten-workshop curriculum is designed to help children ages nine through twelve to gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to understand and express their sexuality in holistic, life-enhancing ways.

This comprehensive, developmentally appropriate program introduces key topics like values, body image, gender and sexual identity, peer pressure, and healthy relationships with sensitivity and inclusiveness, yet without specifically religious doctrine or reference.

WORKSHOP 1 Sexuality and Values

WORKSHOP 2 Images in Popular Culture

WORKSHOP 3 Body Image

WORKSHOP 4 Changes of Puberty

WORKSHOP 5 Gender

WORKSHOP 6 Feelings and Attractions

WORKSHOP 7 Reproduction and Staying Healthy

WORKSHOP 8 Decisions and Actions

WORKSHOP 9 Consent and Peer Pressure

WORKSHOP 10 Healthy Relationship and Celebration

Youth Classes

For youth 7th through 12th Grade

crossing paths class (yOUTH rOOM)

Generally meets 2nd and 3rd Sundays.

FROM SOUL MATTERS:

We are thrilled to offer Crossing Paths - a Soul Matters version of the impactful Neighboring Faiths youth programs used throughout our UU congregations.

Crossing Paths joins the long line of visit-based UU curriculum going back 70 years. Church Across the Street was published in 1947. More recently, we’ve seen Neighboring Faiths (1997) and Building Bridges (Tapestry of Faith).

Our Soul Matters versions honor these previous curriculum and adds its own unique components, including an emphasis on theological grounding, a distinct take on religious pluralism ("Many Mountains, Many Paths"), an abundance of experiential learning and a deep commitment to family-centered activities.

We offer Crossing Paths in formats for theme-based congregations, which align each visit and faith tradition with our monthly themes. So youth not only learn about other faith traditions, but also experience how those faith traditions engage the same themes and questions that their home church is wrestling with. It’s a powerful way to bring thematic ministry to your youth program.

The faith traditions covered include:

  • Unitarian Universalism

  • Judaism

  • Christianity

  • Catholicism

  • Christian Evangelicalism (Mega Church)

  • Black Church Traditions

  • Buddhism

  • Hinduism

  • Quakers

  • Islam

Pathfinders Youth Group (yOUTH rOOM)

Generally meets 4th Sundays, plus participates in Family Service 1st Sundays.

This year the Pathfinders Youth Group focus on the following:

  • Preparing for and participating in the Family Services.

  • Preparing for and participating in the Fall Festival and Spring Festival.

  • Planning fun events to do together throughout the year.

Registration

To register your child(ren) for Religious Education Classes, click Children's RE 2019-2020 Registration.