Spiritual Explorations for the Young and the Kids’ Principles / Explorations spirituelles pour les jeunes et les Principes de l’enfance
OUR GOAL with the Spiritual Explorations program is to help children and youth develop concepts in light of their own experiences and thoughts. We draw upon the insights of generations long past, but use reason to seek truth and meaning in today’s world. Our programs are designed for children – not to make them see with our eyes but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own.
OUR AIMS are to foster an appreciation and understanding of self as the foundation of a confident and creative individual and help develop a sense of individual worth and dignity by exploring the ideas, experiences and feelings of each child. We encourage curious and questioning minds that find challenge in searching for truth and a knowledge of and reverence for, the beauty and order of the universe, based on a child’s natural awareness.
Spiritual Explorations Curriculum
Pre-school – 3, 4 and 5 year olds — we offer an experience in awareness of themselves as individuals and in relation to other people and of the world as a place full of things to explore., we offer a non-religious musical and social activity for preschool kids.
Elementary School — children 6 to 10 — an introduction to major issues based on ideas which help children find answers to important life questions. Children in this age group go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations, and we offer a foundation for spiritual and ethical development. The curriculum for this age group consists of sharing stories and activities which lead to children learning about how to make moral choices. This program provides spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take action based on their own beliefs and values.
Youth — High School through University — we want our youth to live out their values. By offering them effective skills in decision-making, leadership, and spiritual grounding in a liberal community, we hope to empower them as confident young adults.
Kids’ 7 Principles:
Unitarian Universalists have many ways of articulating our seven Principles in simpler language. Here’s the way our Tapestry of Faith children’s programs describe them:
- We believe that each and every person is important.
- We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
- We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
- We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
- We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
- We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
- We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.