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 UU identity. Our goal for the 2019 – 2020 year is to explore questions about what it means to be UU, as well as the symbols and history of UU. We will delve into the lives of important UU people and their impact on the world.

RE is scheduled for 10:00-11:00 am 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 Unitarian Universalism
An introduction to Unitarian Universalism through stories allows young children to explore how the principles of UU connect to their own lives.

Grades 3-5:

UU Superheroes, Spirit of Adventure
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.

Grades 6 and up:

Grades 6  and up will begin this year as our youth explore UU identity and 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 being a Unitarian Universalist.

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.

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.

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: Tracey Newman, can be reached by email at education@firstparishcohasset.org

RE Committee Members:
Tara Volungis, Chair
Phil Struzziero, Secretary
Meghan Neri, Parish Committee Liaison
Sara Williams, Member
Tracey Newman, Director of Religious Education