Here you will find information about our schedule of Family Ministry thematic program offerings for children and youth.
Family Ministry Program Offerings
"Faith development is all we do. Unitarian Universalism is all we teach. The entire congregation is our curriculum."―Connie Goodbread, UU Religious Educator
All classes and activities for children from nursery through grade five are cooperative ventures. Our volunteer staff teaches with great care and compassion. We have a strong commitment to families and to the health and safety of our children. Our content may include Unitarian Universalist identity, social justice, values and world religions and wisdom tradition content, delivered in a variety of ways.
Experiential Fun & Learning for Children Through Grade 5 | Soul Matters
Soul Matters is a thematic approach (the same themes we explore in our Sunday services and Soul Matters Covenant groups), so what adults hear in our sanctuary on a Sunday is what our children explore. Soul Matters family ministry content is curated by Katie Covey, one of our denomination’s most celebrated religious education leaders. Content includes our Judeo-Christian heritage, world religions and wisdom traditions, values and much more.
Our "One Room Schoolhouse" | Soul Matters
We approach our themes through a variety of learning experiences. You could find us storytelling, listening, and acting, or imagining through theme-based creations, activities or games. We may challenge older children to take the abstract and make it real. Oftentimes, we give parents opportunities to explore these themes with their children. Moreover, each month we provide you with information and links to material to help you complement what your child learns here on Sunday―click here. Soul Matters content is also delivered through our Refresh! Fellowship and Family Nights.
Sixth through Twelfth Grades | Upstart Crows of Santa Fe
We have extended our association with the Upstart Crows of Santa Fe to provide a vibrant youth group experience for our sixth through 12th graders―more information below. We offer both Coming of Age (grades 8-9) and Our Whole Lives Human Sexuality (grades 7-8) programs when sufficient numbers of youth are registered in our family ministry program.
UU Santa Fe Youth
UU Santa Fe - Supporter of the Upstart Crows of Santa Fe
That's right. Our UU Santa Fe youth learn to perform Shakespeare. It's what we do―UU Santa Fe has few youth, so we add them to the 60 or so youth in the Upstart Crows. Our youth, ages 10 to 18, participate in year-round workshops and uncut plays produced under the expert leadership of the Upstart Crows artistic staff, with a focus on understanding and collaboration. At UU Santa Fe, curriculum is not what you teach from, but what you teach with—if you can share with youth who you are and what you value, that is what they will remember from their time here. While performing a play we learn how to cooperate, work as a team, develop esprit de corps, take direction, achieve a goal, and tell a story from which we can learn a lesson. Alas, if only the grown-up world could do as much!
Human Being Training
And who better at understanding human nature than Shakespeare? Who better at self-realization? Self-reflection? Self-observation? Themes of love, loss, jealousy, reconciliation, tolerance, and acceptance; forgiveness, mercy, and reconciliation. Beauty and harmony. What among these esoterica should our youth not experience and carry into adulthood? Through art "we take upon’s the mystery of things / As if we were God’s spies." (Lear 5.3.16-17). What better preparation for our youth?
This is a tuition program. Upstart Crows of Santa Fe is a non-profit organization—tuition fees cover only a portion of their production budget. They are committed to the principle that no one should be excluded from participation because of tuition costs. If you are unable to pay the full tuition, please see our religious educator and/or the Upstart Crows staff to apply for tuition assistance. Rehearsal space for the Upstart Crows is provided by and takes place at UU Santa Fe during designated weeknights.
When and What? Our Family Ministry Schedule
We follow the schedule below, alternately meeting on Sunday morning, sometimes Sunday evening.
1st and 3rd Sundays | 10:30 am Program
check-in/bubbles & burdens
story & snack
drama; game; activity; craft
2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays | 10:30 am
and Special Celebration Sundays
Refresh! Fellowship and Family Nights | 2nd & 4th Sundays 5-7 pm | October through May
We believe in the child-centered experiential approach to the teaching in religion which begins where the person is, with her needs and questions, and seeks to help her develop that maturity and teach ableness of mind and emotion which can only belong to the free spirit.―Harry C. Meserve