Welcome to the
2018-2019 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 12, 2017, and runs through May 19, 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 2018-2019 Registration.
Some Sundays, usually the 1st 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 an introduction to the monthly Soul Matters theme.
Soul Matters Themes
What Does It Mean to be a People of…
- September: Vision
- October: Sanctuary
- November: Memory
- December: Mystery
- January: Possibility
- February: Trust
- March: Journey
- April: Wholeness
- May: Curiosity
- June: Beauty
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.
The Nursery is available for children under 3 years.
For children around PreK - 1st Grade
This Fall our Chalice Children are having fun with Chalice Children Tapestry of Faith curricula.
Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. Early childhood is filled with curiosity and wonder. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community. Their time in Chalice Children can set a pattern for the rest of their lives and bring lasting benefits.
For children around 2nd to 3rd Grade
This Fall our Rainbow Kids are having fun with the Love will Guide Us Tapestry of Faith curricula.
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.
For children around 4th through 7th Grade
This Fall our Explorers are using the Windows and Mirrors Tapestry of Faith curricula.
Windows and Mirrors
In spirit, we embrace the contribution of diversity to our collective ability to pursue truth, fairness, justice and love. In practice, however, we often fail to embrace all the experiences and viewpoints in our communities as respectfully or as wholly as we might. Sometimes, we fail to even see differences among us. We seem most prone to gloss over differences when to acknowledge them requires acute self-examination and may lead to pain, shame, discomfort or guilt.
Windows and Mirrors nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about, and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters.
For youth 8th through 12th Grade
Coming of Age Class
Generally meets 2nd and 3rd Sundays.
The Coming of Age program guides youth in developing their own faith or credo statement. Youth are encouraged to develop a greater sense of what they believe. They do this through participating in retreats and workshops, discussion with their mentors, and listening to guest speakers. In this program, each youth is paired with an adult mentor in the congregation, whom they meet with monthly. In addition, workshops prompt the youth, challenge their modes of thinking, or aid them in furthering their ideas. At the end of the year, facilitators, youth, and their mentors prepare a service in which they present "faith statements" or "credo statements" — written statements of belief and perspectives developed over the course of program. These statements vary in many ways, because there are few "guidelines" as to what youth may say. Typically, participants who do not wish to present a credo statement may communicate their findings in other ways; for example a choreographed dance or a musical piece they have written.
Pathfinders Youth Group
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.
- NEW: Youth Social Action planning and participating in events (with help from our new ministerial intern Mary Early-Zald!)
- Planning fun events to do together throughout the year.
To register your child(ren) for Religious Education Classes, click Children's RE 2018-2019 Registration.