Our lifespan learning community seeks to nurture and stimulate the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social growth of people of all ages, stages of faith and levels of religious experience.
We envision a program that is rooted in our UU principles and in a free and responsible search for meaning that through the thoughts and actions of our lives, transforms us, our community, and our world.
Where Do the Kids Go?
All classes take place in the (RE) Religious Education buildings in the courtyard on the other side of Goddard Hall. The nursery is open at 10:00 AM and is primarily for children newborn to three years old. All ages who need supervision are welcome. Classes Preschool – High School begin at 10:30 AM on Sundays in the sanctuary.
When is Class Over and Where Can I Find My Child?
All RE classes end at about 11:30 each Sunday. All children and youth in grades five through high school are permitted to leave class on their own in a responsible way. Nursery through 4th grade students must be picked up from their classrooms or from the playground and be signed out by a parent or other person designated on the RE registration forms. If your child is not in their classroom, do not panic. Children in preschool through 4th grade are taken to childcare staff to be cared for until their parents arrive to pick them up. Childcare after the service is in the Barnum Room or on the connecting outdoor playground located behind the building. All children in childcare must be picked up 45 minutes after the end of service unless prior arrangements are made.
Who Teaches RE?
Teachers are volunteers who have had a criminal background check. We also offer CPR and first aid training to our teachers. Childcare in the nursery is provided by trained childcare professionals and assistants who have completed Safe Sitter training.
What is the Message For All Ages?
During this time in the service there will be a short message from the Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Minister, or other church member. The message is designed to be engaging for congregants of all ages and may be a story, skit, or general information. It generally happens 10-15 minutes after the service begins. Following this, the children are dismissed to their classes with the Children’s Benediction.
What is the Children's Benediction?
After the Message for All Ages the congregation sings the children to their classes. During the song, the children head out the back doors to meet their teachers and go to class. Please escort your children who are in the nursery through 4th grade.
What Are Classes Like?
Nursery (for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers up to kindergarten)- We offer a loving and stimulating environment for the very youngest in our church family. Our nursery is staffed by two paid and trained caregivers and gives our little ones a place to move around and play with people their size, while learning cooperation skills and having fun! Parents are welcome to stay with their children. Those not ready for the structure of elementary classes are welcome in the nursery.
Preschool -4th Grade- Every day children go forth into a complex world where they are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. We Can All Get Along attempts to provide children with the skills to communicate clearly and kindly with those around them. In February, classes will switch to learning the Rainbow Principles of Unitarian Universalism.
Middle School 5th-7th grade- This year, the middle school class is choosing and doing social action projects to make the world a better place, such as volunteering at the county animal shelter and raising money for it, volunteering at a wild animal rescue center, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or other problems in the world that the youth identify and choose to work on. The middle school class typically includes several fieldtrips and three sleepovers during the year, which help the kids form a well-bonded group. Middle school classes can run to 11:45 or later.
YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) 9th -12th Grade- YRUU is part of a continental organization of Unitarian Universalist teens. This is a program led by youth and Advisors. YRUU focuses on youth empowerment and community strength through learning, social action, worship, and trusting relationships with adult members of the church community. Although our YRUU programming typically takes place on Sunday mornings, the possibilities for involvement reach beyond the classroom walls as youth find connections with each other both within our church community and at regional and national gatherings. Currently, our youth are focusing on life skills in practical and discussion formats.
Some youth choose to start their class at 10:30 in the YRUU room rather than attend the first 10 minutes of the service. An advisor is present for this time.
Religious Education Forms
The following forms are available for download. When needed, you may download, print, fill-out and return to the Religious Education person requiring them.
Where Do We Sign Up?
We have a Visitor Information card that we ask all visiting families to complete at the welcome table in Goddard Hall. Please inform us of any special needs, allergies, or dietary restrictions. After two weeks of being a “visitor” we ask that each family complete a RE Registration form for children attending classes. All children 3 or younger must have a registration form on file before being left with a teacher.
You can find registration forms, even more information about RE, and ways you can help at the LFD table in the back of Goddard. They can also be found at below.
How Do I Find Out More?
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson has a website at uuctucson.org with quite a bit of information about who we are, and there is a considerable amount available about Unitarian Universalism at www.uua.org. We are a deliberately open and affirming group and welcome you, your family, and all that you bring on your spiritual journey, to join all of us on ours.
Coming of Age Program
Our coming of Age (CoA) program is offered to 8th to 10th grade youth every-other-year. The next offering will be in the 2017-2018 school year.
Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of sexuality education curricula for five age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, and young adults. OWL is a comprehensive sexuality education program that focuses on accuracy, respect, and responsibility. Classes are led by trained facilitators. These classes are offered outside of Sunday school classes.