Soulful Branding

Registration Information:

  • Returning families, please complete our abbreviated update form here.
  • New families, welcome to Soulful Exploration at WUUC! Please provide your child’s information here. (Nursery-12th grade) We ask that you visit us twice and register before attending the third time. Your registration helps us keep your child safe, keep track of your child’s participation, and keep you updated on programming. Register here.

Safety:

Here at WUUC, child and youth safety is a priority of our ministry team and religious education committee. Our teachers and staff are background checked and sign a code of ethics, our teachers undergo yearly training on emergency procedures and policies, and we have healthy mandatory child-adult ratios. If you would like to learn more please speak with Pam Green (REALL Committe Chair) on Sunday or email our RE Consultant Melinda Einander at meinander@wuuc.org.


Age Groupings:

  • Nursery (birth through 2 yrs) 10:00 a.m. Meet in the Nursery.
  • Preschool (3 – 5 years)  10:00 a.m. Meet in the Nursery.
  • Spirit Play (Kindergarten-2nd Grades) Gather in the library before service.
  • Symbols and Stories (3rd-5th Grades) Gather in the library before service.
  • Middle School Youth Group (6th-8th Grades) Meet in the youth room.
  • High School Youth Group (9th-12th Grades) Meet at 6:30pm in the youth room.

Sunday Mornings:

On Sundays children march the chalice light into the sanctuary, hear a time for all ages, and are dismissed to their respective cohort groups.

On Full Community Sundays, all children and youth are encouraged to attend and participate in Sunday services with adults. We at WUUC hear the noise of children as the beautiful sound of worship.

If you arrive late please make sure to sign in either at the Soulful Information table or in the classroom. Please plan on picking up your children from Soulful at 11:15 a.m. This will give you time to enjoy some refreshments and meet other adults in the community.

We invite you to visit 2 Sundays so that you can determine if we are a fit for your children’s spiritual needs. After that we ask that you fill out the safety information form for your child and/or youth. There is no fee to participate. To fill out the safety information form please click here.


Nursery

The WUUC Nursery strives to be a warm, welcoming, and safe place for children. In the nursery, your children will be invited to join in the opening Sharing Circle ritual, play with other children under the supervision of the nursery caregivers, and join the closing circle. The nursery opens at 9:45 am. Children of visitors are welcome.


Preschool 

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 (the years between ages 2 and 5) 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.


Spirit Play (K-2nd Grades)

Spirit Play is a Montessori style classroom where the children hear and tell stories of our Unitarian Universalist faith, making meaning through wondering and art within the values and culture of Unitarian Universalism. The class fosters a spiritual community of children, where each child’s unique learning style is valued and supported.

The Stories use inclusive language and include our Seven UU Principles (called promises in this class), UU liturgical lessons and worship traditions, and the Six Sources of our faith:

  1. Transcendent wonder and awe inspired by the “spirit of life” known by many names
  2. Wisdom in historical world religions and in native and earth-centered traditions
  3. Traditional stories specific to our Jewish and Christian heritages
  4. Words and deeds of women and men who use justice, compassion and love to build a better world
  5. Humanist teachings that heed the guidance of reason and the results of science
  6. The interdependent web and our part in it

Spirit Play helps children find a religious language that they can use to explore existential questions such as: Who am I?; Where did I come from?; What is my purpose?; What are my gifts?; How do I choose to live my life?; What happens when I die?; Why am I lonely and sad sometimes?


SYMBOLS AND STORIES (3rd-5th Grades)

Although most parents believe social action is important for children, and most children have a natural desire to make the world better, it can be difficult to find meaningful and relevant social action experiences for tween-age children.

Harry and UU is based on the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling, books that immerse children in the idea that one can work to make the world better.

UU sorting hatThe curriculum includes many fun wizarding activities, but the main purpose of the curriculum is social action.  The class forms a chapter of Dumbledore’s Army and fights against seven Horcruxes during the year .  The Horcruxes are real world social action projects.

The curriculum spends about four classes on each Horcrux fight, with three classes devoted mainly to education and small projects, and one class devoted entirely to action.  The goal is to produce tangible results on seven real-world problems.