First Parish of Cohasset Religious Education Program

Mission Statement:

Our vision is to provide our children with a comfortable
environment to explore their spirituality, to wonder at the diversity and interconnectedness of all living things, to be inspired to act to solve real world problems, and to connect with others who are also on a spiritual journey.

We teach a 3-year rotation that covers, in turn, world religions, the Judeo-Christian tradition, and UU identity—this year’s focus is world religions. Our goal for the 22018-2019 year is to build on our UU Identity and compare our beliefs to other religions, acknowledge the differences and also appreciate when there are some things we have in common such as the “Golden Rule.”

RE is scheduled for 10:00-11:00am Sunday mornings during the church year.

Programs:

Nursery/Preschool:

Childcare providers offer an environment that encourages discovery and provides a positive first experience within our church community.  Childcare is provided during the 10:00 a.m. service and is located on the first floor of Trueblood Hall.

PreK-2nd Grade:

Picture Book of World Religions
An introduction to Hindu, Islamic and Buddhist faiths through stories and allow young children to explore the differences and similarities toothier own lives. There are beautiful Picture books that teach us in a gentle and respectful way.

Grade 3-6th:

World of New Friends
This is a very hands-on curriculum and will use stories, art, drama and song to examine Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Taoism and Sikhism through the eyes of children their age.

Programs for middle and high school

We have two programs for our middle and high schoolers, both of which run in partnership with two other local UU churches (Channing Church in Rockland and First Parish in Scituate). Sharing our resources and nurturing our connections between the youth of our congregations appears to be a valuable part of their UU identity formation. 
The middle-school-age group has a two-year curriculum with Neighboring Faiths and then on a two-year cycle: “Our Whole Lives (OWL)” sexuality education is offered. 
Our high school aged youth are able to participate in a dynamic youth group that meets on Sunday evenings.

Grades 7 and up:

Grades 7 and up will begin this year as our youth explore other World Faith Traditions using Neighboring Faiths. This program is designed to create experiences where our children can participate personally in the faith traditions of others, reflect on universal religious experiences and explore their own values as they relate to many other traditions.

Grade 9-12th: SciCohRock (Youth Group)

Our three-church collaborative youth group will explore values, ethics, and character in real life and how beliefs and actions translate into making a difference in our community and our society. Some of the things you might find at a con include a coffeehouse, workshops, and maybe a hike.

The RE Committee hosts Friday Family Nights to include, game night, movie night, dance parties. We list information with dates and times on our Facebook page First Parish of Cohasset – RE.

The Religious Education program at First Parish is always open and excited to welcome new teachers. Let a member of the committee or our DRE know if you are interested in learning more about this rewarding way to be involved in your church community. We will happily walk you through the process.

Director of Religious Education: Donna Shecrallah, can be reached by email at education@firstparishcohasset.org

RE Committee Members:
Sarah Williams, Chair
Meghan Neri, Secretary
Phil Struzziero, Member
Tara Volungis, Member
Donna Shecrallah, Director of Religious Education