Children and Youth
Catch the Spark with Religious Education
Mission Peak has a three-year theme rotation for our religious education offerings for children: one year of Judaism and Christianity, one year of Unitarian Universalism, and one year of World Religions. This year (2017-18) the theme is Unitarian Universalism and below is a description of the curriculum we will be using:
Grades K-4, 5-8: Harry and UU
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. The 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.
Youth Group (9th-12th Grades): Principled Music
Music and social justice have always had close ties. Music has been used for centuries to pass on important life lessons and to motivate change. Many artists have recorded songs that seek to empower the listener to make social change. Principled Music uses popular music from the 1960s through the present as the basis for in-depth discussions of a wide variety of social justice topics. On 4th Sundays, songs on a particular topic are listened to, along with a copy of the lyric sheet. After listening, the class engages in discussion and activities, using the lyrics of the songs as a launching point. Game day will fall on 2nd Sundays, giving youth an opportunity to socialize, relax and connect.
The youth group also have a fall and spring retreat, several outings, they host the Easter Egg hunt and many other exciting adventures. If your youth would like to participate in youth group please contact the Director of Religious Education for more information at email@example.com.
CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH’ RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION (CAYRE COMMITTEE)
The CaYRE Committee meets monthly with the Director of Religious Education (DRE) to:
- Plan and coordinate the children’s religious education programs.
- Help recruit and train teachers
- Be responsible for organizing the nursery.
- Provide support for the youth group
- Participate in the intergenerational services.
Our Director of Religious Education is always happy to discuss our curricula choices or any aspects of our program with anyone who is interested. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or feedback.