Religious Education for Children and Youth
The passionate community at Second Unitarian Church of Omaha loves children, youth and families. We seek to involve all ages and backgrounds in our meaningful programming. The purpose of our Religious Education (RE) program for children and youth is to provide an inclusive community where they feel welcomed, loved and accepted … unconditionally.
We strive to provide a religious and moral foundation for clarifying social values and religious identity. We also want to grow knowledge of Unitarian Universalism (UU) and other world religions. In addition, we encourage social responsibility to the greater world community and to our planet Earth. We partake in social projects that turn ideals into action, as we aim to build social capital in our children and youth.
Finally, an emphasis on creating safer congregations means we adhere to certain protocols, like two-person teaching teams and full background checks for all our volunteers and staff.
Our RE program comes in many shapes and sizes but includes the following offerings:
Sunday Morning Religious Education Classes
Children and youth, ages 3 to 12 meet on Sunday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. All classes begin on the lower level in our classroom areas. The youngest group is recommended for ages 3 to 5, the intermediate group for ages 6 and 7, and the oldest group for ages 8 to 12.
The curriculum for all age groups is based in a monthly themed ministry called Soul Matters.
2018-2019 Congregational Monthly Themes
Themed ministry fosters discussion at home, as both the children’s classes and adult worship services explore the same monthly theme. Trained volunteer teaching teams appreciate this framework, which allows them to improvise and tailor Sunday mornings to fit our challenging times. The youngest class also incorporates UU-styled Montessori learning, called Spirit Play.
Once you become a member, or have deeply engaged in our congregation for at least six months, you may also become part of our teaching team.
Whole Congregation Worship
On select Sundays, we do not hold classes on the lower level. Instead, we invite our children, youth and families to join together in the sanctuary throughout the worship service. We urge children to participate in chalice lighting, story-telling and other meaningful rituals during these services.
About once a month, we also provide an all-ages learning circle. This is a chance for little UU’s and not-so-little UU’s to plan social-action projects, experience fun activities and build community.
Religious Growth and Learning Team (RGL)
This team of adults meets monthly to guide and provide “checks and balances” for the RE Program as a whole. These are congregants who have experience in our program, special knowledge or talent, and uncompromising commitment to children and youth. As part of our Safer Congregations Protocol, we expect that this working group will be members of Second Unitarian Church or are on a path to membership. We are always looking to strengthen our programming, so even new 2U members are encouraged to join.
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
On Wednesday evenings during the school year from 7 to 8:30 pm, we invite 7th through 12th graders to meet at our sister congregation, First Unitarian Church of Omaha, located at 3114 Harney. Joint advisers from both churches share in leading our youth in community and area projects and events.
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
We periodically offer this high-quality UU sexuality education series to various age groups, most often for grades 7th through 9th. Rigorously trained, vetted and certified facilitators help youth explore the beautiful-yet-complex sexual nature of the human condition. They also learn critical skills to help keep themselves safe.
Coming of Age (CoA)
We offer 8th through 10th grade youth, as enrollment allows, the opportunity to explore their beliefs and write a Credo: a statement of belief. CoA youth meet collectively and individually with an adult mentor, with whom they are matched as the program commences.
Open Arms Trans Social Group (OATS)
This is a monthly social support meeting for transgender youth and young adults. Group members share their hopes and concerns, community resources, emotional sustenance, and a meal. More
If you have questions about our programming, please reach out to Jillian Post, our Director of Religious Education, by calling 402-334-0537, Ext. 112 or emailing her at email@example.com.