Children & Youth Religious Education

Our Goal — Open and Accepting Classrooms

 

We teach openness and tolerance at Shawnee Mission UU Church and practice this in our classrooms. Our classrooms often include children from a variety of backgrounds, learning and family styles. Our goal is to include all children in a welcoming and open atmosphere. We work closely with our children to practice acceptance by teaching and living our first principle — we believe that each and every person is important.

Unitarian Universalists give kids the tools they need to make up their own minds about life's big questions. We do this by providing a foundation in the history and principles of our own religious movement and the stories, beliefs, theologies and practices of the world's great religions. We help children develop strong values and a respect for diverse thinking.

The Unitarian Universalist faith doesn't give children absolutes – ours is a religion that embraces paradox, complexity and diversity. Our faith doesn't pretend to give children all the answers to life's big questions – we put faith in our own ability to explore the unknown together – we don't pretend to take away the mystery. Religious Education at Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church is designed to foster independent thinking, to give kids the tools they need to make up their own minds about life's big questions. We provide children with a foundation in the stories, beliefs, theologies and practices of the world's great religions and great thinkers, the history of our own religious movement as well as helping children develop strong values and a sense of respect and acceptance for differences.

Unitarians want their children to stay open to their own inner knowing. We want children to trust themselves, the world we bring them into, and ultimately to take responsibility to make our world more trustworthy. We want them to grow up knowing that it matters that they are alive and that they can and do make a difference.