We provide children, youth, young adults, and adults an opportunity to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community. See this message from Poppy Rees, Dir of Religious Exploration:

Religious Exploration

CVUUS offers Religious Exploration (RE) programs for all ages, inspiring:

  • Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.
  • Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.
  • Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.

Our Religious Exploration program isn’t school classes – it’s small groups, big groups, stories, games, singing, cooking, community service and fun. On a Sunday, you might find the preschoolers singing songs about kindness, the 2nd graders engaging with a story about loss and bereavement, the 5th graders talking with a Muslim couple about Islam, the 7th graders learning about responsibility in a lesson from our progressive sexuality education program, and the high-school youth raising money for the local homeless shelter. Many programs incorporate social justice activities, worship opportunities, service trips, fellowship, and fun.

Rev. Barnaby and Poppy Rees at GA 2017
Rev. Barnaby Feder and Poppy Rees, Director of Religious Exploration

Who Organizes RE

Our Director of Religious Exploration, Poppy Rees, oversees the program along with the R.E. Council and many other people.  The program is led, taught, and assisted by a mix of parents and others from the congregation.  Leading or assisting in the RE program can be a very fulfilling way to deepen one’s own faith.

When We Offer RE

Children’s Religious Exploration programs are offered on Sunday mornings, and high school youth and adult programs are usually offered on Sunday afternoons or evenings.  Some younger programs, like Neighboring Faiths, have trips and events at other times.

Adult religious exploration opportunities include Small Group Ministries (small discussion groups) and more.

APRIL IS A BIG MYSTERY AT THIS POINT.  BIG.

The past few weeks have brought so much change, especially for families with kids, that it seems like folly to make an April calendar ahead of time.  It will need to unfold as it can, week by week.

HERE ARE SOME THINGS WE HOPE IT WILL CONTAIN!

Poppy videos for kids

Parent Night by Zoom

Support for individual families and kids, as needed

Times for All Ages in our online worship services

Ways for RE groups to connect if they want to (Zoom, mail, video?)

Easter (April 12!) activity for kids to do at home – ideas brewing…

Zoom Youth Group meetings (already started!)

Some fun surprises

Learn More

Contact our Director of Religious Exploration to get connected and to join CVUUS Parents private Facebook group.

Growing Young Justice Makers

RACE, CLASS, & OTHER COMPLEXITIES

Race, class and other complexities

Injustice and prejudice can be challenging to confront. Parents who accompany their children’s quest for answers grow as justice-makers alongside them.

APPROACHES TO REAL TALK ABOUT JUSTICE