Religious Exploration

 

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Our Director of Religious Exploration is Stacey Sherman.

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Stacey lives in Haverhill, MA with Jack, her husband and Porter, their beloved basset hound. Her adult children, Sarah & Jonah, were raised UU.  Stacey comes to us with a background in special education, program development, and volunteer coordination. She’s a trained Red Cross Instructor and for years she’s been involved with People to People, International; their mission is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures. Stacey’s also a talented singer, amateur actress, plays a little ukulele, and she’s a creative fundraiser. And she loves working children.

 

Welcome to the Religious Exploration (RE) program at the Northshore Universalist Unitarian Church. A high quality religious education program is central to the ministry of this congregation. As Unitarian Universalists, we recognize that each of us is on a spiritual journey that begins when we are very young and continues throughout our lives. Children of all ages have opportunities to nurture their spiritual and personal growth and to explore values that encourage love and fairness.

Religious education for children at NSUU:

  • Acquaints children with Unitarian Universalist history and encourages them to live in accordance with the UU seven principles.
  • Exposes them to the richness of the world’s religious traditions.
  • Emphasizes the importance of engaging in social justice.
  • Offers an opportunity to better understand life issues and encourages openness to diversity and inclusiveness.

 

Our entire Faith Community begins their time together in our Sanctuary at 10:30AM. After the Time for All Ages, the children leave together with their teachers to attend their Religious Education classes.

 

NSUU currently has two age groups. While different in ages, they all are interested in learning the UU principles and how these have awakened their spiritual journey.

 

Chalice Children: this class is for children ages 3-6 years, who are ready for simple lessons in addition to play time. Classes include circle time, a story, a creative activity, and snack time.  We offer classes to pair with our monthly theme along with the UUA’s curriculum, Chalice Children.

 

Our older youth, ages 11 years and older are involved in a very personalized church curriculum. This year they are learning about acts of kindness, community service, philanthropy and fund raising. The youth learn how these activities can help them grow and mature spiritually and make a difference in the world. The classroom setting involves discussion, stories and hands on community service projects.

 

Youth Group involves many of the same youth as in the older youth group. However, we also have children who do not regularly attend church, but still want to be part of the NSUU community. Youth Group meets every other Sunday where we have team building activities, share stories and involve ourselves with the continued work of RE classroom. New this year is a Youth Jazz Band. These youth have taken the initiative to form the band with the intent of performing at local senior centers and retirement homes, in addition to our home church community.

 

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