Unitarian Universalist Fellowships

Unitarian fellowships are creedless, meaning they require no expression of shared dogmas, doctrines, or religious beliefs. In lieu of doctrines, the denomination is organized around Seven UU Principles (outlined in the Appendix). The majority of Unitarian Universalists identify as atheists or agnostics, and an even larger percentage (91 percent) include humanist as one of their self-identities.8 Unitarian Universalist congregations have a well-developed religious education program for kids,...

Living and Teaching Ethics in Your Family

Ask Lois Kellerman, a longtime Ethical Culture Leader, what she's thinking when she creates moral education programs for children, and the first thing she says is, You're creating more than a curriculum you're building a culture that nurtures the growth of humane values. Even tiny details make a difference. For example, at the Humanist Community Sunday School in Palo Alto, we had kids take their shoes off for two reasons It was a noncoercive but effective way to keep kids from running around...

Curricula

Sample curriculum _Neighbor_exploration.pdf The American Ethical Union publishes some of its religious education curricula for kids on its website. The Love Your Neighbor curriculum is its ethics and values curriculum for preschool through early elementary school. If you are starting a children's program, you may find some of the stories and activities useful. If you are considering an Ethical Society, you may also find this curriculum interesting as an example of the children's programs...

Resources

Social Cultural Peace Corps World Wise Schools www.peacecorps.gov wws An incredibly rich source for activities and lesson plans in science, the arts, environmental issues, cross-cultural understanding, and more all with an internationalist flavor. Age 9+. A bottomless well of delights. Age 8+. Brilliant concept. Flex your vocabulary and end world hunger at the same time Age 10+. Perry, Susan K. Playing Smart The Family Guide to Enriching, Offbeat Learning Activities for Ages 4 14, revised ed....

Questions and Answers

Q Why is it important for my children to be religiously literate A There are four main reasons religious literacy knowledge ofreligion, as opposed to belief in it is crucial 1. To understand the world. Ours is a religiously inflected world. An overwhelming portion of the news including medical, political, legal, military, and educational issues include a large religious component. Add to this the fact that 90 percent of our fellow human beings express themselves and their understanding of the...

The Buddha and the Mustard Seed

When I lost a baby in an ectopic pregnancy, it was a sad and scary time for my 5-year-old. Just a couple of weeks earlier, we had been happily making up songs about the new baby we would be welcoming into our family. But then her mommy spent three days in the hospital for surgery. When I came home, I had to tell my daughter that our baby was not going to be born, and I was too sore to take her on my lap and comfort her. We could still snuggle, though, and a few days later, as we cuddled on the...

The Question of the Pledge

During her afterschool snack one day, Delaney 6 asked, What does 'liberty' mean I knew immediately why she would ask and was once again ashamed of myself in comparison to my kids. I don't think I pondered the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance until I was well into middle school. When I was her age, I'm certain I thought EyePlejjaleejins was one word that meant something like, Hey, look at the flag. I certainly didn't know I was promising undying loyalty to something. Liberty means freedom, I...

Molleen Matsumura

Next to parenthood, writing the Sweet Reason advice column was the best preparation for contributing to this book. So, deepest thanks to Matt Cherry for inviting me to launch it sometimes our friends know us better than we know ourselves. Elaine Friedman and Ruth Geller have been friendly and thoughtful editors. So has Duncan Crary, who goes the extra ten miles in giving support. Jone Johnson-Lewis, Don Montagna, and Lois Kellerman gave permission to include Steps to Seeking Forgiveness Jone...

Finding Our Voiceand Each Other

When I first approached agents and publishers with the idea of a book on non-religious parenting in 2003, I was confidently informed that no real audience existed for such a book. There was a book titled How to Be a Jewish Parent, serving the 2.5 percent of the U.S. population that is Jewish another titled Effective Islamic Parenting for the 1 percent that is Islamic and even one called Raising Witches Teaching the Wiccan Faith to Children for that 0.004 percent slice of the U.S. pie. But the...