We know that joining a new group can be confusing.  What does RE mean?  What is the Message for All Ages?  Sometimes it feels like we are speaking a different language!

This glossary is here to help!  Some of the most common terms we use are listed below.  Have a question or want to add one?  Let us know!  DRE.UUCT@gmail.com.

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.

Coming of Age (CoA). Moving from childhood to adulthood can be a stressful, confusing time.  CoA program offers students a safe place to walk this journey.  Students will explore theology, spirituality and history through discussion, drama, music, writing and art. It is offered to 8th to 10th grade youth. Check the programs for children and youth tab for information about which programs are being offered this year.

Director of Religious Education (DRE).  I’m the staff member who coordinates all the youth and children’s programming at UUCT.

Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLFD). I’m the staff member who coordinates all the educational, spiritual growth, and faith development programs for children, youth, and adults at UUCT.

Lifespan Faith Development (LFD). Don’t let the title “Lifespan Faith Development” scare you! It is a common UU way to refer to the programs, events, and activities that occur in UU contexts. We are here to support YOU on your “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” no matter your age or where your journey leads you.

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.

Religious Education (RE).  (Not your typical) Sunday School.  RE generally refers to the programming that happens on Sunday mornings, but can include any activities for children and youth.

Unitarian Universalist and Unitarian Universalist Association.  Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. “We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace.”  Find out more about who we are. 

Worship or Sunday Service.  Gathering together is a life-affirming, humanizing activity and we gather on Sunday mornings.  Service is a mix of social justice, inspiration, music, and reflection.  We hope you’ll join us!  Click here, to see what’s happening at UUCT.   And, see what other UUs do.